Israel To Cover Tuition For Students Who Tweet Or Post Pro-Government Content On Social Media

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The Washington Post on the new propaganda distribution model:

Israel is looking to hire university students to post pro-Israel messages on social media networks — without needing to identify themselves as government-linked, officials said Wednesday.

The Israeli prime minister’s office said in a statement that students on Israeli university campuses would receive full or partial scholarships to combat anti-Semitism and calls to boycott Israel online. It said students’ messages would parallel statements by government officials.

“This is a groundbreaking project aimed at strengthening Israeli national diplomacy and adapting it to changes in information consumption,” the statement said.

Israel isn’t the only country to set up such a system. In China, members of the so-called “fifty cent army” sprinkle positive, pro-government messages across the web and social media.

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  • Haystack

    What really surprises me isn’t that they’re doing it, but that they’re doing it so openly. The whole point of hiring shills is for people to think that their opinions are their own…otherwise they’re just spokespeople.

    This also undermines people with genuine pro-Israel opinions. People will just say “sounds like you’re just another shill for the Israeli go’vt. You have to say that, or you’ll lose your tuition.”

    • Calypso_1

      Perhaps the main purpose is to affect the students themselves & not the consumers of the propaganda.

      • Haystack

        That makes a lot of sense.

      • Guest

        Have you heard about the Shministim? They are Israeli high school students who have been imprisoned for refusing to serve in an army that occupies the Palestinian Territories: december18th.org/about/

        In the news most recently was the story of Natan Blanc, a conscientious objector who was put on trial and sent to a military prison for repeated terms (amounting to six months) before finally being deemed “unfit to serve”.

        The writing is on the wall (pick a wall, any wall ;-) and the Israeli government must know it…

      • ghostofcrazyhorse

        Yeah right,,, !! Balls , these students are already brainwashed into believing that “Poor Little Israel ” can do no wrong. Get a bloody grip on it!!!

        • Calypso_1

          “Perhaps” is a qualifier generally understood at mid-grammar school level literacy.

    • Charlie Primero

      99% of the people on social media will never see a news report of this Israeli propaganda program. Anyone who is aware of it and mentions the program can be instantly discredited as one of the Conspiracy Theorists Rachel Maddow and Bill O’Reilly ceaselessly ridicule.

  • Guest

    Could this be a result of the growing influence of the Shministim? They are Israeli high school students who have been imprisoned for refusing to serve in an army that occupies the Palestinian Territories: december18th.org/about/

    In the news most recently was the story of Natan Blanc (then 19, now 20), a conscientious objector who was put on trial and sent to a military prison for repeated terms (amounting to six months) before finally being deemed “unfit to serve”.

    That the Israeli government would be so desperate as to openly bribe students in this way should be a positive indicator of the direction in which the mindset of their youth is heading. The writing is on the wall (pick a wall, any wall ;-) and they must know it…

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