This is what we are fighting on Facebook today. Reblogged

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Reblogged This is a Facebook Post by  Anna Berg
This is what we are fighting on Facebook today. Please get involved (by clicking on Anna’s “going”) and SHSRE, SHARE, SHARE and get your friends to click as well. We need to help ourselves if we are to receive help. I don’t think Zuckerberg, (despite his Jewish background) gets how awful this is and how damaging allowing it is.. I don’t know why he doesn’t, but I hope we don’t et sidetracked in our conversation about this. Instead, I hope we can think of additional strategies to deal with the problem itself..
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I’m reposting these pics into one post so it’s easier for you to share. I think it’s difficult for people to believe that this is allowed on FB since Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish. Nevertheless, as you all know, it is, and we need to get that sad fact out! If you have any other photos/pages that you have reported but are still up, please post them here and I will update this collection when needed.Also, if you see anti-Semitic comments, please take a screen shot and post here (just look for a Hate Israel page and you’ll find plenty).

Thanks! Keep up the good work!

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David Brotsky: @ All Israel Supports Welcom. As long as you agree with my BS.

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  3. PLEASE Share to protect those who Love Israel!If one looks closely at the #JIDF page, you’ll see lots of Bravado, lots of pandering for donations & postings of music.

    But the page has no substance. Zero successes in anything…once again, only bravado. All his efforts are to rally donations for his personal gratification.

    Do Not fall for hollow chants and fraudulent claims!!
    PLEASE Share Widely!

    Read all about the real creator of this Fraud and the JIDF at:
    http://www.israelandstuff.com/jidf-once-respected-now-a-platform-for-harassment-bullying-and-libel

    Photo: PLEASE Share to protect those who Love Israel!</p>
<p>If one looks closely at the #JIDF page, you'll see lots of Bravado, lots of pandering for donations & postings of music.</p>
<p>But the page has no substance. Zero successes in anything...once again, only bravado. All his efforts are to rally donations for his personal gratification.</p>
<p>Do Not fall for hollow chants and fraudulent claims!!<br />
PLEASE Share Widely!</p>
<p>Read all about the real creator of this Fraud and the JIDF at:<br />
http://www.israelandstuff.com/jidf-once-respected-now-a-platform-for-harassment-bullying-and-libel
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  4. Don’t let the “J I D F” make a monkey out of YOU
    Photo: Don't let the "J I D F" make a monkey out of YOU
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  5. Because the #J‘Post disabled their Twitter feed, so I can’t exploit it, my 3 sockpuppets
    1. Elisheva@Baleboosteh,
    2. Daniella@thejewess
    3. Batya@batya_18now RT HAARETZ & Yahoo!

    JIDF Defamatory Spams Force Jerusalem Post to Remove Twitter Feed
    The internet site, inaccurately named the Jewish Internet Defense Force (JIDF), is notorious in its extremely aggressive behavior with those who share opposing opinions. David Brotsky, the site’s creator, has opened…
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  6. If you donate to the JIDF this could be you!
    Photo: If you donate to the JIDF this could be you!
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  8. Liar Liar, pants on fire.
    Photo: Liar Liar, pants on fire.
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  9. MORE incitement and hate against Jews and Israelis by the sole admin of the #JIDF (www.JewishInternetDefenseForce.org) Today & Yesterday the JIDF creator is celebrating with those in Gaza, the death of Prime Minister AND #IDF Hero (who saved Israel in war), Ariel Sharon.
    PLEASE UNFRIEND this #scumbag from his #Facebook page, #Twitter & #Google+Source from his page: https://www.facebook.com/thejidf/posts/10202073356107590?stream_ref=10

    The coward will probably delete the above once he realizes how heartless he was, so below is a screenshot as proof.

    Photo: MORE incitement and hate against Jews and Israelis by the sole admin of the #JIDF (www.JewishInternetDefenseForce.org) Today & Yesterday the JIDF creator is celebrating with those in Gaza, the death of Prime Minister AND #IDF Hero (who saved Israel in war), Ariel Sharon.<br />
PLEASE UNFRIEND this #scumbag from his #Facebook page, #Twitter & #Google+</p>
<p>Source from his page: https://www.facebook.com/thejidf/posts/10202073356107590?stream_ref=10</p>
<p>The coward will probably delete the above once he realizes how heartless he was, so below is a screenshot as proof.
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    • David Brotsky Damn that “Israel and Stuff” for taking this screenshot! I was so enjoying dancing to “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” upon hearing of Sharon’s death! They just HAD to spoil it for me!!
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  10. The internet site, inaccurately named the Jewish Internet Defense Force (JIDF), is notorious in its extremely aggressive behavior with those who share opposing opinions.

    JIDF Defamatory Spams Force Jerusalem Post to Remove Twitter Feed
    The internet site, inaccurately named the Jewish Internet Defense Force (JIDF), is notorious in its extremely aggressive behavior with those who share opposing opinions. David Brotsky, the site’s creator, has opened…
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  11. For refusing to denounce fellow activists for Israel, I have become a target by the JIDF. My name and the Israel and Stuff page is being libeled on Facebook, Twitter and the Internet.UPDATED Plus links to other victim’s stories of how the JIDF viciously attacked them!

    JIDF, once respected, now a platform for harassment, bullying & libel
    For refusing to denounce fellow activists for Israel, I have become a target by the JIDF. My name and the Israel and Stuff page is being libeled on Facebook, Twitter and the Internet. By Phillip Pasmanick,…
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  1. why does EVERYONE say such awful things about me????…well, except for my sockpuppets! And there’s a lot of them too!!
    Ripoff Report | Jewish Internet Defense Force Complaint Review Dallas, Texas: 1054064
    Jewish Internet Defense Force Complaint Review: Jewish Internet Defense Force aka David Appletree aka David Brotsky aka David Pitch Fraud, Libel, Slander, Computer…
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  2. ANOTHER victim of my lunacy and harassment tells his story.

    Founder Of The Jewish Internet Defense Force Threatens Murder And Vigilantism Against Dissenters
    thetrenches.us
    When persecution complex hits rock bottom it looks something like this. I’ve known of the founder of the Jewish Internet Defense Farce Force (JIDF), David Appletree (some say his real name is David Brotsky) for a…
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  3. This is a Petition to close my 17 Twitter accounts and 8 Facebook accounts,God Forbid!! Who would I have to talk too??!!

    DON’T you DARE sign this…if you do, I will hunt you down, send thousands of hateful emails to your parents, kids, siblings & your dog AND I’LL spread even more outrageous lies even you couldn’t imagine!

    Facebook, Google, Twitter: Ban David Brotsky aka David Appletree aka JIDF and aliases from using…
    David Brotsky aka David Appletree aka JIDF is dangerous to the community.
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  4. I know LOTS of people have reported me to the FBI, but the money I swindle from my supporters is chump-change, for God’s Sake!!

    FBI Investigating JIDF, David Brotsky For Hacking, Fraud, Harassment
    Will Africa fall to Islamic Jihad?Israel: Canada An Example To Global Democracy In Cutting Diplomatic Ties With IranDoing Business – seeking more leads in the Jewish world?
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  5. How did he figure out I’m also known as Pete?? pasmanik plastered this 50 times on Twitter…. every time I hassled one of his followers.
    Photo: How did he figure out I'm also known as Pete?? pasmanik plastered this 50 times on Twitter.... every time I hassled one of his followers.
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  6. Follow me on any of my aliases on Twitter.
    I use them all to Harass & Discredit anyone who:1) Exposes my scam
    2) Retweets something by Phillip Pasmanick
    3) Argues with me because they don’t believe my lies
    4) Supports the Israel and Stuff page

    Photo: Follow me on any of my aliases on Twitter.<br />
I use them all to Harass & Discredit anyone who:</p>
<p>1) Exposes my scam<br />
2) Retweets something by Phillip Pasmanick<br />
3) Argues with me because they don't believe my lies<br />
4) Supports the Israel and Stuff page
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  7. HERE is a perfect example of how the #JIDF #FRAUD & #Scam works on his #Jewish & pro #Israel page!!First the JIDF makes its phoney claims.
    Then he changes into another account of his to ‘Share’
    Then he changes into even another account to ‘Like’

    This gives an unsuspecting viewer the impression it’s legit.

    Photo: HERE is a perfect example of how the #JIDF #FRAUD & #Scam works on his #Jewish & pro #Israel page!! </p>
<p>First the JIDF makes its phoney claims.<br />
Then he changes into another account of his to 'Share'<br />
Then he changes into even another account to 'Like'</p>
<p>This gives an unsuspecting viewer the impression it's legit.
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  8. what kind of moron believes this shit?
    We’re infiltrating, monitoring, and documenting the online activities of Israel haters, antisemites, Islamic terrorists, & their supporters.
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  9. Yep…all true….My site is boring……
    No need to follow anyone who seeks out Jews to attack! Please Report: https://www.facebook.com/thejidfThese guys at the #JIDF (MPD – one guy, 24 aliases lol) needs to just go away and leave the pro-Israel activists alone!
    I guess, ‘back in the day’ it was a Job, ‘Well Done’….but NOW, the groups I’m in get hate pages closed on a daily basis.

    Want to REALLY Help??….Join these two groups: https://www.facebook.com/TheyCant – They don’t brag….they just do the job!!

    This group does more in ONE day, than the #JIDF does in 3 YEARS! https://www.facebook.com/HelpReportHateAntiSemiticPages

    Just REMEMBER….#JIDF was created and run by a hateful bully & expert panderer.

    Photo: No need to follow anyone who seeks out Jews to attack! Please Report: https://www.facebook.com/thejidf</p>
<p>These guys at the #JIDF (MPD - one guy, 24 aliases lol) needs to just go away and leave the pro-Israel activists alone!<br />
I guess, 'back in the day' it was a Job, 'Well Done'....but NOW, the groups  I'm in get hate pages closed on a daily basis.</p>
<p>Want to REALLY Help??....Join these two groups: https://www.facebook.com/TheyCant  - They don't brag....they just do the job!!</p>
<p>This group does more in ONE day, than the #JIDF does in 3 YEARS! https://www.facebook.com/HelpReportHateAntiSemiticPages</p>
<p>Just REMEMBER....#JIDF was created and run by a hateful bully & expert panderer.
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  10. Has anyone notice the #JIDF is being deserted by hundreds of their followers?I guess you can’t fool all of them all of the time. Those with common sense are waking up!

    Along with their incessant pandering, the #JIDF is notorious for their bullying. They’re known for repeatedly sending harassing emails to those to oppose their point of view. The JIDF has GONE AGAINST William Daroff, AJC, ZOA, Birthright, Israel21c, Israel News Agency, IsraelandStuff.com, Hatikvah and SO MANY OTHER pro- #Israel, pro- #Jewish advocates like me, and the almost defunct org,:http://www.actforisrael.org/.The JIDF defames, hassles and libels pro-Israel activists on their webpage, and their many #Facebook and #Twitter accounts. People need to know the depth of it’s cyber-terrorism.

    PLEASE – WARN your Friends!

    REMEMBER – They ARE NOT a Charity!! They are NOT associated with ANY Israeli Charity.

    Photo: Along with their incessant pandering, the #JIDF is notorious for their bullying. They're known for repeatedly sending harassing emails to those to oppose their point of view. The JIDF has GONE AGAINST William Daroff, AJC, ZOA, Birthright, Israel21c, Israel News Agency, IsraelandStuff.com, Hatikvah and SO MANY OTHER pro- #Israel, pro- #Jewish advocates like me, and the almost defunct org,: http://www.actforisrael.org.</p>
<p>The JIDF defames, hassles and libels pro-Israel activists on their webpage, and their many #Facebook and #Twitter accounts. People need to know the depth of it's cyber-terrorism.</p>
<p>PLEASE - WARN your Friends!  </p>
<p>REMEMBER - They ARE NOT a Charity!! They are NOT associated with ANY Israeli Charity.
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  11. #Israel Even after being warned in advance @JIDF remained silent while thousands launched internet attacks on the #Jewishhomeland today. Proof they were warned in advance are here:http://is.gd/LQu54m and here: http://is.gd/SeqcZn
    Zero effort was made by Jewish Internet Defense Force to counter this #opBOYCOTTisrael campaign or warn others in advance.
    They failed to defend the Jewish homeland o…See more
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  12. The bumbling bozo of the #JIDF has almost 300,000 ‘Friends’ after 5 years and has to use his aliases to come and make comments, ‘Likes’ and ‘Shares’ to generate movement on any of his pages.The JIDF is a #Fraud who post crap when not attacking Israel activists or posting self-promoting BS to attain illicit donations!

    A disgusting example of a #Jew and an embarrassment to pro-#Israel activism.

    Photo: The bumbling bozo of the #JIDF has almost 300,000 'Friends' after 5 years and has to use his aliases to come and make comments, 'Likes' and 'Shares' to generate movement on any of his pages.</p>
<p>The JIDF is a #Fraud who post crap when not attacking Israel activists or posting self-promoting BS to attain illicit donations!</p>
<p>A disgusting example of a #Jew and an embarrassment to pro- #Israel activism.
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  13. This article was written by a real anti-Semite, but in this case, knows what he was talking about as he EXPOSES the creator of the #JIDF who was lying about his identity:AGAIN…the author is NO friend of Israel or the Jews!

    David Brotsky’s Romance With Guns, Violence and Pro-Israel Hate
    A year ago or so I exposed the identity of the founder of the Jewish Internet Defense Force (Wikipedia article). David Brotsky, aged 37, lives in Dallas, TX (and appears…
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  14. The #JIDF has branched out to Linkedin.com for more…new suckers!Help your friends from falling victim to this ‘sweet talkin’ Fraud & Please Share!

    Photo: The #JIDF has branched out to Linkedin.com for more...new suckers!</p>
<p>Help your friends from falling victim to this 'sweet talkin' Fraud & Please Share!
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  15. Who told Felicia Grossman? As soon as I find out….I’m gonna block them!
    Photo: Who told Felicia Grossman? As soon as I find out....I'm gonna block them!
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  16. I have begun saying Pasmanick called for a ‘violent Jihad’ against us.
    https://www.facebook.com/thejidf/posts/10152031231368142?comment_id=31119691&offset=0&total_comments=15Even though he hasn’t, I don’t care….what’s another #Lieamongst thousands??

    Photo: I have begun saying Pasmanick called for a 'violent Jihad' against us.<br />
https://www.facebook.com/thejidf/posts/10152031231368142?comment_id=31119691&offset=0&total_comments=15</p>
<p>Even though he hasn't, I don't care....what's another #Lie amongst thousands??
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  17. Hey…the thumb is pointing in the wrong direction! Who moved it??
    Photo: Hey...the thumb is pointing in the wrong direction!   Who moved it??
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  18. Who’s investigating me?????
    FBI Investigating JIDF, David Brotsky For Hacking, Fraud, Harassment
    Will Africa fall to Islamic Jihad?Israel: Canada An Example To Global Democracy In Cutting Diplomatic Ties With IranDoing Business – seeking more leads in the Jewish…
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  19. ALERT! Please READ, LIKE and SHARE if you support Israel and are against antisemitism, terrorism, Holocaust denial, and the harassment, defamation, and breach of privacy, safety, and security of Jews and Israel supporters!
    Photo: ALERT! Please READ, LIKE and SHARE if you support Israel and are against antisemitism, terrorism, Holocaust denial, and the harassment, defamation, and breach of privacy, safety, and security of Jews and Israel supporters!
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  20. Yea…and if your for pizza, beer, cigarettes & beating off too!
    ALERT! Please READ, LIKE and SHARE if you support Israel and are against antisemitism, terrorism, Holocaust denial, and the harassment, defamation, and breach of privacy, safety, and security of Jews and Israel supporters!http://is.gd/pasfraud

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  21. Now I’m being called a ‘fool’ on that Israel & Stuff page because I lie & use hate to discredit him!What nerve!!!!! The Palestinians do it all the time!

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  22. I just saw this on Philip PasManiac’s page, calling my group the,
    Jewish Imbecile Defending Fraud.Who the hell is he calling an imbecile????

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  23. Everything you need to know about me…but, shuuuuush (it’s a secret!)
    Ripoff Report | Jewish Internet Defense Force Complaint Review Dallas, Texas: 1054064
    Jewish Internet Defense Force Complaint Review: Jewish Internet Defense Force aka David Appletree aka David Brotsky aka David Pitch Fraud, Libel, Slander, Computer…
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  24. sooooo funny, since he’s not a real person! He’s ME!!!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:DavidAppletree

    Photo: sooooo funny, since he's not a real person! He's ME!!!</p>
<p>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:DavidAppletree
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  25. hahahahahah yea, they call me Brotsky, David Brotsky~
    Have you ever been accused of being a “JIDF agent?” If so, it means you’re doing something right!
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  26. Who believes this shit??
    Want to learn about #JIDF‘s effectiveness? Simply search for “JIDF” on any antisemitic or jihadist forum, or even popular forums, I’m general. Right now, someone who is pro-Israel and against antisemitism is being suspected of bring a “JIDF agent!” Have you ever been accused? If do, you’re doing good work!
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Why they don’t want you to know Arabic

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Education Minister Shay Piron doesn’t want school kids to learn Arabic. Of course, he doesn’t say this out loud, and if he is asked about it, not only would he not deny it, but he would also pratter on about how important it is to speak Arabic and how learning the language would serve as a cultural bridge and blah, blah, blah, just like the minister knows how to do.

In practice, though, he doesn’t want us to learn Arabic. He wants Arabic studies to last no longer than three years so that he could slash the budgets allocated to teaching the language.

Could this reform be part of the new policy introduced recently by the Education Ministry, which seems to be encouraging kids towards ignorance while teaching them a whole lot of nothing? At the same time, it is worth wondering whether there is anything special about learning Arabic.

It appears that there is. Whoever knows Arabic is likely to listen to Arab news media, surf Palestinian websites, and read Arabic newspapers. Then they are likely to discover the truth: the other side is awash with such a virulent stream of anti-Semitic racism that all talk of peace here is delusional.

The party to which the education minister belongs is entrenched firmly in what is inexplicably referred to as “the peace camp.” Knowing the Arabic language is anathema to this camp. The more Arab-language speakers there are, the less supporters.

Thus spake Abu Mazen

“The woman known as ‘the Maiden of Ludmir,’ Hannah Rachel Verbermacher, who became famous because of her outstanding studiousness and her becoming the only female rebbe in the history of the Hasidic movement, was, of course, a Palestinian.”

(Mahmoud Abbas, a doctor in history, from his book “How the Palestinians Created the World”)

Segmenting society

Polls in Israel consistently show that most Mizrahi Jews are on the Right side of the political spectrum, while a large chunk of Ashkenazim lean toward the Left. There are sociologists who have nurtured ridiculous theories in order to explain this state of affairs. The only thing they overlook is the most basic fact: a large chunk of Mizrahim speak Arabic.

Now, perhaps, just perhaps, that this is what lies beneath one of John Kerry’s bluffs, the one that says that a peace deal with the Palestinians would include monetary compensation for Jews kicked out of Muslim countries.

This is a bold-faced lie, and Kerry knows it. The agreement on which he is working, if it is ever signed, will be between Israel and the Palestinians. It won’t be with Iraq. It won’t be with Egypt. it won’t be with Syria or with Yemen. They won’t be party to the agreement, and they won’t pay billions. This conflict isn’t theirs.

Let us assume for a moment that they persuaded Syria to pay compensation. Where would the money come from? From hemorrhaging Yemen? An Iraq in ruins? Will it come from Egypt, where tens of millions of their citizens don’t know from where they’re going to get their next dry slice of bread?

Kerry knows that in the best case scenario, it’s a media fabrication for purposes of spin. In the worst case scenario, it’s a bluff. So why did he say it? Here’s a wild guess, which is certainly not true but in any case is worth mentioning just so that it’s clear what didn’t happen.

One day, one of Kerry’s advisers walked into his room and explained to him how Israeli society was structured and which of our various groupings are on the political right. “Jews love money. Should we try to buy them?” he asked one of his aides.

Again, we should emphasize that it is inconceivable for this to be a motivating factor in creating this compensation bluff.

Abu Mazen strikes again

“Three-thousand years prior to the Israelis, the Palestinians had already given the world the Patrick Kim pulp fiction series of books and they had documented the first-ever prescription for a congealed leg.”

(Abu Mazen, from his book “The Dawn of Humanity”)

Questions that will never be asked

Achinoam Nini, if you refuse to go on stage alongside a person who can’t stand homosexuals, then how is it that you performed in front of the pope?

Yisrael Shiran and Esti Brand, two individuals who were fired from the Education Ministry because of harboring right-wing views, will you agree to have your photo taken for the front-page of Haaretz and Yedioth Ahronoth?

Dear Sudanese migrant, if Israel is such a racist country, why are you fighting to stay here?

John Kerry, could you ask Mr. Obama what he would think about a proposal that would ban blacks from living in eastern Washington, DC? What about Jews in east Jerusalem?

Dear justice minister, as part of the campaign pushed by your ministry against racism and discrimination, will you also demand that Jews be permitted to pray on Temple Mount?

A reminder from Abu Mazen

“The Palestinian immigrants drained the swamps by planting eucalyptus trees. In short time, clashes erupted between the Palestinian pioneers and the clerks of Hebron.”

(Abu Mazen, from his book, “The Palestinian Pioneers”)

Trouble at home

On the order of the grand rebbe of Satmar, this Hassidic dynasty has begun a campaign against the Whatsapp application. They have a catchy slogan for their campaign: Press 1 for destroying the house.

It’s interesting to note that until now I was certain that Ariel Sharon destroyed more houses.

Just a minute, Abu Mazen is talking

“The Palestinians sat alone in the dark for at least 1800 years before the Poles.”

(Abu Mazen, from his book, “The Palestinians in the Krakow Ghetto”)

On the other hand

A photographer from another newspaper told me that Achinoam Nini asked him one time not to photograph her from the left, but to only get her right side. That’s because her left is the less photogenic side.

By chance, Achinoam Nini showed off her left side this week. She’s right. It really doesn’t look all that great.

Abu Mazen is just getting started

“Even Mordechai the Jew, Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, Hershele Ostropoler, and The Flying Matchmaker were all Palestinians.”

(Dr. Abu Mazen, from his book, “Gideon Levy Reveals”)

What do they want?

Last year, two ultra-Orthodox members of Knesset threatened that if this “wicked government” continued in its ways, they will not agree to accept budgets from the state. This week, the High Court of Justice took them up on their offer. What exactly is wrong with this?

One more

“The Palestinians arrived on the scene 2,000 years before the Palestinians.”

(Abu Mazen, from his book, “Conversations with Ilan Lukach”)

The Power 1000 – London’s most influential people 2013: Tech stars

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The Power 1000 – London’s most influential people 2013: Tech stars

The digital buzz is no longer just around Silicon Roundabout in east London — now everyone from teenage schoolboys to taxi drivers wants to create an app or launch a start-up. Recent rows over online trolling and international tax avoidance show just how much technology matters in our lives

Stunning achievement: Nick d’Aloisio, tech entrepreneur, sold his news app Summly to Yahoo for $30 million in March
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Published: 19 September 2013

Updated: 14:12, 20 September 2013

Nick d’Aloisio
Tech entrepreneur
★ Twitter star ★
Nick sold his news app Summly, which summarised news headlines, to Yahoo for $30 million in March — a stunning achievement for a Wimbledon schoolboy aged 17. Picked as one of the Generation Next names to watch in last year’s The 1000, his mentors include Apple’s Sir Jonathan Ive and Stephen Fry. D’Aloisio is juggling his studies with work as he criss-crosses the Atlantic for Yahoo.

Nicola Mendelsohn
Facebook, vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa
Manchester-born Mendelsohn calls herself “a proper Northern lass”, and oversees a team of nearly 1,000 across the region for the world’s biggest social media site, including about 150 in its Covent Garden office. Said to celebrate every big account win by buying a pair of Christian Louboutin heels and insisted on working a four-day week in her previous role chairing ad agency Karmarama.

Social media success: Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook Vice-President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Picture: Rebecca Reid)Joanna Shields
Tech City Investment Organisation, chief executive
The woman tasked with looking after Tech City, the Government’s often controversial initiative to promote east London as a technology hub. She previously worked at Google and ranAndy Stevenson, helping sell it for close to $850 million, and is believed to have been a big winner in Facebook’s flotation. Married to Force India Formula 1 team manager Andy Stevenson.

Matt Brittin
Google, Northern Europe vice-president
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He was the public face of Google during its tax avoidance row and the man whom MPs grilled on the subject during two difficult Commons appearances. A former Trinity Mirror executive and ex-Cambridge and Olympic rower, he is a master of lobbying in a firm that is closer to the UK Government than almost any other tech giant. Lists his hobbies in Debrett’s as “cycling to work in the rain”. Spot him breakfasting at The Wolseley.

Michael Acton Smith
Mind Candy, founder
★ Twitter star ★
Known as “Mr Moshi”, Acton Smith is the poster boy for Shoreditch’s Silicon Roundabout after creating hit kids’ site Moshi Monsters. Known for his unruly hair and penchant for blazers and badges, bubbly Acton Smith is one of the capital’s “superconnectors” — even running a music festival in his Soho flat to bring people together. His firm continues to grow — he’s always tweeting from around the world — and has done an astonishing variety of licensing deals as Moshi goes from digital to physical products.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Internet pioneer
After his starring role in the Olympic opening ceremony when he sent a tweet from his iPhone, the creator of the world wide web was one of five internet and web pioneers awarded the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. He is a passionate believer in the openness of the internet and a director of the Open Data Institute in Shoreditch, which aims to “catalyse an open data culture”.

Daniel Ek
Spotify, founder
Beginning his entrepreneurial career at 14, Swedish music-lover Ek’s Spotify service has been the biggest thing to happen to online music since iTunes, despite claims from some musicians that the firm does not pay artists enough. The Arsenal fan spends a lot of time in London, and also plays guitar — although it’s believed he is yet to get any of his own music on the service.

Robin Grant
We Are Social, co-founder
From personalised cans of Heinz soup to online X Factor voting and a secret club for Marmite lovers, the easy-going PR firm boss has taken full advantage of social media for clients. Launched in the depths of recession in 2008, Grant’s Farringdon-based company has been doubling in size every year and boasts offices across the globe.

Brent Hoberman
PROfounders Capital, investment partner
★Twitter star ★
Still best known as the former boss of lastminute.com, he has fingers in many pies. He is a partner in investment firm PROfounders Capital as well as setting up Founders Forum, a high-powered private network for 3000 entrepreneurs and leaders in tech and media. In addition, he chairs designer furniture site made.com and is a UK business trade ambassador. He is also as a non-executive director of Guardian Media Group and TalkTalk and on the board of mobile app Shazam. Tweets top business stories to his nearly 30,000 followers.

Jonnie Goodwin
Founders Forum, co-founder
Ultra-connected former media banker who runs his own advisory boutique, Lepe Partners, and heads Founders Forum, a networking club for digital entrepreneurs. Led a big UK trade mission to Los Angeles in February, when David Cameron took part by webcast, and hosted a dinner at Windsor Castle with Prince Andrew.

David Rowan
Wired, UK editor
He relaunched Wired in the UK with a remit that ranges from science to business and has expanded it with conferences and even a consulting arm. The former Evening Standard media interviewer is also in demand as a public speaker and it seems no tech conference can happen without Rowan moderating.

Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia, founder
★ Twitter star ★
The outspoken American creator of the world’s greatest free online encyclopaedia now spends most of his time in London, after marrying Tony Blair’s former diary secretary Kate Garvey. Remains utterly committed to Wikipedia’s open, honest ethos and has no compunction about exposing companies or individuals that secretly try to censor or edit the site.

Chris Gorell Barnes
Adjust Your Set, founder
NEW ENTRY
With a penchant for colourful trousers, Gorell Barnes is helping big brands become publishers in their own right by making films, rather than adverts, with innovative technology that allows customers to buy in real time while watching. He began his business life promoting club nights at Ministry of Sound and his long-term partner is lastminute.com founder Baroness Lane-Fox.

Helping hand: Chris Gorell Barnes (Picture: Rebecca ReidMartin Clarke
MailOnline, publisher
Under hard-driving Clarke, the online version of the Daily Mail just keeps growing, with the hoopla surrounding William and Kate’s baby setting a new record of more than 10 million visitors in a day. Feared and admired by employees and the rest of the industry, he has brought British journalism to a worldwide audience, with aggressive expansion plans around the globe, led by the site’s notorious “sidebar of shame” of celebrity stories.

Ian Hogarth
Songkick, co-founder
With a Masters in machine learning from Cambridge, Mandarin speaker Hogarth has managed to create a smart way to track the music you listen to and tell you when your favourite bands are playing live. Taking a slice of ticket sales, it has proved a worldwide success, and is one of the most visible app firms to emerge from Silicon Roundabout.

Paula Byrne
Amazon digital media development centre, managing director
One of the leaders of Amazon’s worldwide push into interactive TV, Byrne is the British boss of Amazon’s eight-floor technology centre in east London which houses development teams from streaming website LoveFilm and TV app developer Pushbutton (which she sold to Amazon). As every tech giant turns its attention to the TV market, Liverpudlian Byrne says London could be the key to innovations that finally put the living room online.

Danny Rimer
Index Ventures, founder
A key member of the venture capital company Index, one of the biggest investors in tech companies in Europe with a string of successful investments such as Mind Candy. After setting up the London office, Rimer has sung the praises of the capital, frequently in Silicon Valley, calling London a “turbocharged microcosm of the US”. Influential as a non-executive director of BSkyB.

Errol Damelin
Wonga, chief executive
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Wonga hit the headlines for the wrong reasons after Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby attacked payday lenders for charging high interest rates, so it would be easy to forget that Damelin has built that rare thing — a successful homegrown British tech business. “We believe we are a powerful force for good in the financial world,” says the South African-born ex-banker, who argues Wonga is filling a gap left by banks.

Rohan Silva
Index Ventures, adviser
Long-term Tory aide who is credited with being the driving force behind the creation of Tech City in east London. His influence showed at his leaving do at No 10, attended by David Cameron and Google’s Eric Schmidt. Moved this summer to a new, loosely defined role as entrepreneur in residence at top venture capital firm Index Ventures but intends to launch his own digital education start-up.

Driving force: Rohan Silva (Picture: Lucy Young)Alan Hely
Apple, European communications director
Long-serving Scottish PR supremo who masterminds Apple’s PR strategy across Europe, Hely’s imposing presence is never far away at key times. A keen cyclist and tennis player, straight-talking Hely also shepherds Sir Jonathan Ive on his frequent visits to London.

Bruce Daisley
Twitter, UK manager
NEW ENTRY
A former executive at magazines group Bauer and YouTube, he joined last year and has just been promoted to the top job in the UK after Tony Wang returned to America. Twitter has never been more popular, but Daisley must also win back trust after “trolls” sent abusive tweets and even death threats to female users. Twitter has introduced an alert system to prevent the abuse.

Baroness Lane-Fox
UK digital champion
Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, to use her full title, this year became the youngest female member of the House of Lords. A poster girl for the first dotcom bubble who has gone on to boardroom positions at Channel 4 (she left last year) and Marks & Spencer — despite a car accident that left lifelong injuries. Also chairs hot start-up MakieLab which makes 3D printed toy dolls. She is instrumental in bringing the internet to everyone in Britain through Go On UK and, rumour has it, is also an enthusiastic regular at the Soho karaoke bar Lucky Voice, which she founded.

Eben Upton
Raspberry Pi, founder
NEW ENTRY
The man many believe is helping teach the next generation to write computer code, Upton and his team developed a £16 computer that is used in schools and homes after notching more than one million sales. Now Upton and his team are taking their invention global.

Eze Vidra
Google Campus, head
The Argentinian Israeli heads up Campus, Google’s start-up space in east London, which runs regular events and gives a home to entrepreneurs. A keen cyclist, Vidra also runs techbikers, a charity cycling club for tech workers.

Russell Hall
Hailo, co-founder
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One of three licensed London cab drivers who founded this hot taxi-booking app in 2010. Bromley-based Hall, a driver himself for over 30 years, likes to say Hailo was “developed with cabbies for cabbies”. He had long seen the potential of technology to improve the taxi industry and previously founded web-booking service Taxilight. Now Hailo is expanding around the world, with venture-capital backing from Wellington Partners and Atomico Partners.

Shakil Khan
Investor
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Entrepreneur and über-fixer who has fingers in many start-ups. He was an early investor in Spotify, is an adviser to Path and mentored Summly wunderkind Nick d’Aloisio. Known as Shak, he ran away from home on his 16th birthday. He is a leading supporter of charity: water, a philanthropic venture backed by the tech industry to bring clean drinking water to developing countries. He even has a town in Ethiopia, Shaktown, named after him.

Oli Barrett
Start-up Britain, co-founder
NEW ENTRY
The man who has made it his mission in life to make others think about becoming entrepreneurs, Barrett is behind several schemes including Start-up Britain and a series of UK missions to places such as Silicon Valley and Brazil to foster innovation. Impossible to dislike, Barrett is almost as well known in tech circles for his absolutely terrible jokes as his endless enthusiasm for inspiring others — which was rewarded this year with an MBE.

Azmat Yusuf
Citymapper
NEW ENTRY
Previously a Googler, Yusuf capitalised on a gap in the market for a “do everything” transport app with Citymapper, loved by users for its simplicity, particularly the innovative “get me home” button which can work out the best route and show you options ranging from Boris bikes to buses — all on one screen.

Reshma Sohoni
Seedcamp, co-founder
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A former executive at Vodafone and private equity firm 3i, she has brought corporate savvy to the London tech scene by setting up Seedcamp, something akin to the “accelerator” programmes that churn out start-ups by the dozen in Silicon Valley and now one of the most important “first stops” for entrepreneurs across Europe. She has backed tech firms including Mobclix and Zoombu. Spends her spare time doing “seasonal adrenalised sports”.

Saul Klein
Investor
★ Twitter star ★
Cambridge-educated multi-tasking tech investor who has been involved in LoveFilm, Skype and Last.fm. Holds influential roles with Index Ventures and with SeedCamp, an investment and entrepreneurial mentoring service which aims to encourage talent, and with the Accelerator Group, which invests in early stage firms, and counts Tweetdeck as one of its biggest successes. 25,000 followers on Twitter underline his influence.

Rytis Vitkauskas
Yplan, founder
NEW ENTRY
Previously a venture capitalist, Vitkauskas quit his job to become an entrepreneur and set up Yplan, an innovative going-out app that offers cheap last-minute tickets to events in the next 48 hours. The Lithuanian began his tech fascination early, fixing computers as his first business. Now Yplan is set to open in New York with a host of backers, including actor Ashton Kutcher, and ambitious expansion plans.

A Chinese internet firm finds a better way to make money

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Tencent’s worth

A Chinese internet firm finds a better way to make money

IS TENCENT one of the world’s greatest internet firms? There are grounds for scepticism. The Chinese gaming and social-media firm started in the same way many local internet firms have: by copying Western success. QQ, its instant-messaging service, was a clone of ICQ, an Israeli invention acquired by AOL of America. And unlike global internet giants such as Google and Twitter, Tencent still makes its money in its protected home market.

Yet the Chinese firm’s stockmarket valuation briefly crossed the $100 billion mark this week for the first time. Given that the valuation of Facebook, the world’s leading social-media firm, itself crossed that threshold only a few weeks ago, it is reasonable to wonder whether Tencent is worth so much. However, Tencent now has bigger revenues and profits than Facebook. In the first half of this year Tencent enjoyed revenues of $4.5 billion and gross profits of $2.5 billion, whereas Facebook saw revenues of $3.3 billion and gross profits of $935m.

Tencent has created a better business model than its Western peers. Many internet firms build a customer base by giving things away, be they search results or social-networking tools. They then seek to monetise their users, usually turning to online advertising. Google is a glorious example. Other firms try to make e-commerce work. But as the case of revenue-rich but profit-poor Amazon suggests, this can also be a hard slog.

Tencent does give its services away: QQ is used by 800m people, and its WeChat social-networking app (which initially resembled America’s WhatsApp) has several hundred million users. What makes it different from Western rivals is the way it uses these to peddle online games and other revenue-raising offerings.

Once users are hooked on a popular game, Tencent then persuades them to pay for “value-added services” such as fancy weapons, snazzy costumes for their avatars and online VIP rooms. Whereas its peers are still making most of their money from advertising, Fathom China, a research firm, reckons Tencent gets 80% of its revenues from such kit (see chart).

This year China has overtaken America to become the  fancy weapons, snazzy costumes for their avatars and online VIP rooms.

Tencent’s main rivals in Chinese m-commerce are Baidu, which dominates search on desktop computers (helped by the government’s suppression of Google) and Alibaba, an e-commerce giant now preparing for a huge share offering. All three have gone on acquisition sprees, in an attempt to lead the market. The big worry for investors is the cost of this arms race.

Alibaba recently invested $300m in AutoNavi, an online-mapping firm, and nearly $600m in Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. Baidu has been even more ambitious, spending $1.85 billion to buy 91 Wireless, the country’s biggest third-party store for smartphone apps, and $370m for PPS, an online-video firm.

Tencent may have an edge over its two rivals in m-commerce because of the wild popularity of WeChat, which is used on mobile phones. But to ensure it stays in the race, it is also spending heavily. On September 16th it said it will spend $448m to acquire a big stake in Sogou, an online-search firm; it plans to merge its own flagging search engine (aptly named Soso) into the venture. It had previously invested in Didi Dache, China’s largest taxi-hailing app, and is rumoured to be interested in online travel and dating firms too.

The three Goliaths are buying up innovative firms because they are too big and bureaucratic to create things themselves, mutter some entrepreneurs (presumably not those being bought out handsomely). A more pressing worry for Tencent’s shareholders is that its lavish spending, on top of heavy investment in improving its unimpressive e-commerce offerings, will eat into profits. Worse, the m-commerce arms race risks distracting it from gaming and value-added services, the cash cows that are paying for everything else. A $100 billion valuation might then seem too rich.

How Facebook Exploits Your Private Information

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How Facebook Exploits Your Private Information

You have willingly told Facebook who your friends are, what your hobbies are, how old you are, where you live and whether you are in a relationship or not. What’s more, Facebook knows what you like and dislike, what your interests are, what your favourite movies and songs are – simply from the updates you share and the ‘like’ buttons you press. The big question is: are you happy for Facebook to exploit what they know about you?

The entire Facebook business model is based on the effective use of your data. Here is the deal: they give you a free social media platform to use and in turn sell advertising and insights based on what they learn about you. Today, Facebook has massive capabilities to collect, store and analyse data – what we call ‘big data analytics’. This allows Facebook to sell very targeted advertising – e.g. ‘someone living in the Mid-town district of Manhattan, who is single and who is interested in baseball and likes pizza’. This kind of knowledge is a marketeer’s dream!

But Facebook goes beyond simply analysing and ‘mining’ the user profile data you have shared and the up-dates you have written. USA Today revealed how Facebook tracks you across the Web. Basically, when you create an account, Facebook inserts a ‘tracking cookie’ into your Web browser that allows Facebook to track each website you are visiting. This means when you are logged into Facebook and then browse the web (completely separately from your Facebook activities) Facebook knows what sites you are visiting.

There’s more: Cnet reports that whenever you click a Facebook ‘like’ button on any website, your preference is not only shared with your friends and on your profile, but data about your interests is sent back to Facebook’s servers – ready to be provided or sold to their advertising partners. What’s more, personal data is exchanged when you use apps like FarmVille or Words with Friends via Facebook. It has even been reported that signing up for these apps will give those companies who created the apps access to your personal data – even details you specifically told Facebook to keep private.

One more: Facebook has also invested in image processing and ‘face recognition‘ capabilities, that basically allow Facebook to track you – because it knows what you and your friends look like from the photos you have shared. It can now search the Internet and all other Facebook profiles to find pictures of you and your friends. Face recognition allows Facebook to make ‘tag suggestions‘ for people on photos you have uploaded but it is mind boggling what else they could do with technology like that. Just imagine how Facebook could use computer algorythms to track your body shape. They could analyse your latest beach shots you have shared and compare them with older ones to detect that you have put on some weight. It could then sell this information to a slimming club in your area who can place an ad on your facebook page. Scary?

Here are my questions: Are you comfortable with Facebook using your data? Maybe you see it as a step forward where Facebook can find your long-lost friends and you like the fact that Facebook can recommend relevant products and services. Or does this all feel a little too much like ‘Big Brother is watching you’? Do you see it as an intrusion of your privacy and does it scare you that Facebook knows everything about you and could exploit and sell what it knows? Does this make Facebook too powerful? What do you think? Share your views…

Here are ways to better protect your privacy:

  1. You can tighten your settings security settings on your Facebook account. Here is a great list of the top ten must-know security settings for Facebook.
  2. You can download software to block all tracking activities of your web searches or make any tracking attempts visible. Two tools to look at are Ghostery andDoNotTrackMe
  3. You can use the ‘InPrivate’ mode of Internet Explorer, the ‘incognito’ browsing when you use Google’s Chrome or ‘private browsing’ option in Safari. This will disable the browsers to store information about your web searches.
  4. You have to read the terms and conditions of any apps you download and use. You can check the privacy scores of any current Facebook apps using tools like PrivacyFix

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