Here’s something you probably didn’t know about. In order to rig online polls and social networking sites to sway commentary and such in favor of Israel, there’s a delightful program you can use! It’s pretty simple, it pops up a little window in the corner of your screen whenever the admins find a new poll to rig in their favor, or if someone is writing something critical of Israel in the news or on a blog, then they send all their pro-Israeli users to that site and have them go nuts and call them anti-Semites, because let’s face it.. if you’re critical of Israel, you’re essentially a nazi right? How dare someone not approve of something Israel does…. …….. *cough*
The Megaphone desktop tool is a Windows “action alert” tool developed by Give Israel Your United Support (GIYUS) and distributed by World Union of Jewish Students, World Jewish Congress, The Jewish Agency for Israel, World Zionist Organization, StandWithUs, Hasbara fellowships, HonestReporting, and other pro-Israel public relations, media watchdog, or activism organizations. The tool delivers real-time alerts about key articles, videos, blogs, and surveys related to Israel or the Arab-Israeli conflict, especially those perceived by GIYUS to be highly critical of Israel, so that users can vote or add comments expressing their support of Israel. The tool was released in July during the 2006 Lebanon War. An RSS newsfeed is available so that non-Windows users may also receive the Megaphone “action alerts.
According the Jerusalem Post, Amir Gissin, head of the Public Affairs Department of the Foreign Ministry of Israel, has expressed support for the tool’s use. “The Foreign Ministry itself is now pushing the idea, urging supporters of Israel everywhere to become cyberspace soldiers in the new battleground for Israel’s image.” it reports. Computing website The Register has described use of the software as “highly organised mass manipulation of technologies which are supposed to be democratising” and claimed Megaphone is “effectively a high-tech exercise in ballot-stuffing” The Register also reported that the BBC History magazine website “noticed an upsurge in voting on whether holocaust denial should be a criminal offence in Britain. But the closing date had already passed and the result had already been published, so the votes were invalid anyway.” Stewart Purvis, former editor-in-chief of ITN, has noted that an independent panel reviewing the BBC’s Israeli-Palestinian coverage received a large number of letters from North America which accused the BBC of being anti-Israeli. He states there was evidence of “pressure group involvement”.