Israel's Covert, Racist, Abusive Online "Diplomacy"

Israel's Covert, Racist, Abusive Online "Diplomacy"

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Abby Zimet

Israel's propaganda wars are not, it seems, going well. It was bad enough when they started paying “covert units” of students to post pro-Israel messages on social media - much like similar campaigns in China, Russia and other freedom-loving regimes - without revealing the posts were part of a government effort, after already coming under fire for IDF soldiers' military porn postings. Now Israeli officials have gagged the head of that covert PR campaign, part of Israel's public diplomacy arm of the prime minister’s office, after he posted a series of offensive racist rants on his own Facebook page. Sample posts from Daniel Seaman: In response to a Palestinian negotiator's call for the end of new settlements, "Is there a diplomatic way of saying 'Go F*** yourself'?" and to Japanese commemorations for the 1945 victims of atomic bombs, "I am sick of the Japanese, 'Human Rights' and 'Peace' groups the world over holding their annual self-righteous commemorations... You reap what you sow" - this, from a PR honcho?

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