We all know that Jew-hate spreads in the Twittersphere, but nobody touches on how much of it is there. Nor do people draw comparisons between the level of ‘anti’ activity, and the level of ‘pro’ that seeks to answer it.
As a quintessential minority group, Jews are drowned out on social media, and because these platforms operate on algorithms that reward ‘popularity’, Jewish people are on a loser from the start. Networks of hate even gang up to have Jews removed from the platform. I have experience of this myself (examples 1,2,3,4,5)
‘Zioporn’ addicts. Thousands of accounts in the Twittersphere that indulge their ‘kink’ by watching, liking, or sharing, either fake or butchered images that demonise Israel or Israelis. The more gruesome the image, the better the high. Authenticity is irrelevant. The ‘happy ending’ normally involves a tweeted utterance of disgust or outrage directed towards the state of Israel, or those that support it.
In a world which contains brutal regimes that slaughter millions, this tweet (posted 28/12 at 2:28am) suggests Israel is the ‘most despicable’ nation on earth:
A Twittersphere snapshot
I wanted a snapshot. Analysing a period on Twitter and then quantifying the output that was found. Such an exercise would also allow me to draw a comparison with the way other nations are treated on social media – showing just how exceptional (and therefore antisemitic) the anti-Israel rhetoric is.
I took a 36-hour period, from midnight on the 28 Dec, to noon on the 29th. Only two search terms were used. As nobody has any interest in a troll spamming his way to 100 dormant anti-Israel tweets a day, I set a bar for a minimum number of retweets. This ensured that only the hate that travelled was tallied.
Testing the Twittersphere
- The tweet was in English
- It contained ‘Israel’ or ‘Palestine’
- The tweet was posted during the time window
- It received at least 20 retweets
I then split the relavant tweets into these three groups:
- Generic news
There were just 32 qualifying pro-Israeli posts found. Anti-Israel posts dwarfed both the ‘pro-accounts’ and the ‘news accounts’ combined:
A total of 322 anti-Israel tweets were captured. These were retweeted a total of 28,023 times and received 90,165 likes. These tweets were viewed 4,865,421 times, or over 10x the number of views that the pro-Israel retweets received. For every 100,000 people we reach with the news that Israeli soldiers shot a terrorist in a firefight, millions will hear that the ‘occupation forces shot a footballer in the back’.
This figure is just indicative of the difference in scale. Imagine what is taking place with the word ‘Zionist’ in Arabic, Russian or Urdu. Fake news spread by the global networks of anti-Israel activists in the Twittersphere is in complete control of the narrative.
A union of haters
I want to give a few examples I found The first is this tweet by MintPress News:
According to MintPress News, this is a video showing Israeli forces entering a synagogue of Anti-Zionist Jews and acting in an unnecessarily violent manner. The implication is that this is a recent event.
In fact, the video is badly butchered – and carries two separate incidents. The first occurred over 13 years ago in 2009. I could not place the exact incident, but riots did break out between an ultra-orthodox community and the police following the arrest of an orthodox woman accused of abusing her three-year-old-son. This may be connected. However, in some of the footage, the police can clearly be seen wearing masks, which means part of the video is from a separate incident in 2020. This is likely to be concerning orthodox communities breaking Covid restrictions at the time. Whatever the truth behind these two events, the fake video received over 135000 views in just a few hours.
A round the world tour of antisemitism
This next one is from Middle East Monitor. The media outlet is a Muslim Brotherhood mouthpiece funded by Qatar. It aligns with Hamas and is Sunni Muslim in outlook:
Middle East Monitor chose to regurgitate the annual smear that Israel has dams which it opens to flood Gaza. In reality there was just heavy rainfall in Southern Israel and everywhere flooded.
From Sunni to Shia. 5Pillars is a pro-Iranian mouthpiece, and its chief editor Roshan Salih, spent several years working for PRESS TV. They chose to share a video counting numerous terrorists as children and making outrageous claims about sexual abuse:
Standing alongside the Sunni and Shia, we encounter the far-right racists. The Celtic Clan account is a sewer of white nationalist ideology:
There is also a whole chain of Palestinians, who are worshipped in the west, and get to call themselves ‘human rights activists’ simply because they hate Israel. Examples like Muhammad Shehada write for numerous western media outlets. His tweet about Netanyahu and Apartheid was retweeted 1,640 times.
We can always rely on Sinn Fein to stand with the terrorists. Sinn Fein Youth received over 1050 retweets for their input:
Then there are the NGOs, like Amnesty, B’tselem, Al Haq and HRW. Adalah is the NGO that wrote the sham list of Apartheid laws well over a decade ago:
The list is endless
The online network spreading hate is endless. Just a few more examples.
- Far left politicians such as Mick Wallace and Yanis Varoufakis
- Celebrities like Roger Waters and Mark Ruffalo
- Jewish extremist sites like JVP and 972 Magazine
- State funded propaganda machines such as Al Jazeera, Russia Today or Middle East Eye
- Conspiracy theorists posing as journalists such as Max Blumenthal and Robert Carter
- Antisemites like Sarah Wilkinson, Chris Williamson and David Miller
- Hate magazines such as Electronic Intifada and Mondoweiss
- On the ground fake news factories like Times of Gaza or Al Quds News
There is nothing on the side of truth like this – not a single outlet to match an ‘Electronic Intifiada’, let alone media machines like Al Jazeera. Jews are facing a tsunami of state-funded revisionist material that sets out to demonise them.
Israel is the exception
The truth is that a person is far more likely to run into a post that spreads fake news and demonises Israel, than one that has any balance at all. And once a user indicates an interest in a particular post – the algorithms ensure they will be spammed with more of the same. The interconnectivity of the online experience means that displaying interest on one platform, will influence results they see everywhere. Slipping into an anti-Israel rhythm online is easy. And Israel is treated differently from all other nations.
A simple search of failing states such as Pakistan, or brutal occupiers such as Russia, turns up entirely different results. Yes, there are posts that criticise, but even with Pakistan, they are few and far between – with normal political disagreements taking place and many posts giving nothing but respect. There is no demonisation campaign that focuses on the people of any nation but Israel. Remember the poster in the beginning who claimed Israel is the ‘most despicable nation’ – this is what he has to say about a Pakistani state that persecutes minority groups at will:
And this ‘special treatment’ reserved for Israel means that Jew hatred is spreading throughout the social media networks almost unchallenged. There is a tsunami of hate out there. By permitting blatant fake news to circulate without forfeit – social media platforms have become the primary conduits for spreading antisemitism. A radicalising force like none we have ever seen. If you want to understand why everything seems to be getting worse all the time – you really need to look no further than your phone.
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20 thoughts on “How the Twittersphere spreads antisemitism”
Social media is weird. Someone just cancelled our Brucie saying he was mean to transgenders and robbed the Christmas Club at his Minimart to buy drugs. This may or may not be true but nobody seemed to care either way once it was posted.
The power of the post. Whether you’re a celebrity or a lowly supermarket worker, nobody is immune.
A thought to end 2022:
“If your voice held no power, then why would they try to silence you?”
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to make some boxcar cakes for the pensioners.
Shabbat shalom and happy New Year!
“Ian” faxed Brucie asking for his Boxcar recipe. Brucie replied that it wasn’t really a thing. He just made it up coz he reckoned it would really provoke super sensitive Jews.
Bit disappointed on the whole. “Ian” loves cake.
Happy 2023 everyone and to our Brucie; chin up lad. You’re doing your god’s work.
“Faxed”? What’s that?
Just Google “Boxcar Cake Recipe” “Ian” and you won’t be disappointed. Of course it won’t include my secret ingredients, but ho hum.
Have fun raping kids, abomination.
ImaM Oron, You should try a couple of litres of
It’s made from a blend of the tears of HAM-ASS, Hezbola, PLO, PFLP, Al Qada, ISIS, Taliban, Boko Haram, Fascist Iran, Jihadis, Shaheeds, Ayatoolas, CAIR, Jeremy Corbyn and his Fascist LaBOOR Party.
Drink up me hearties!
Happy Eternal Nakba! 🙂
It’s 2023! Happy ETERNAL NAKBA to All!
I propose a Toast to ImaM Oron and his fellow knuckle dragging Imams and LaBOOR Party members…
From the River to the Sea,
Pal-e-SWINE Will NEVER BE!
From the River to the Sea
Thank you for your contribution Mr. Smotrich.
That is bad, but any alternative is worse. As you know, old Tweeter “censors” were as antisemitic as these users. They censored critique of antisemites. As long as users did not deny Holocaust, they could post any slander against Jews and Israel. Sensors had been fired. How you are permitted to speak.
Rachel Riley was thrown an MBE for her work on holocaust education. Which holocaust was that? Armenian? Cambodian?
This esteemed Deputy Chief Rabbi will never receive a gong 🏅 because he doesn’t whore himself to the Zionist puppets in Westminster.
Oh Brucie. What’s the point of them putting you on Frozen Foods if all the chips end up on your shoulders?
Man up son. You’re doing your god’s work.
I can’t play with you now Ian, as I’m preparing my derasha about the Zio wet dream taking place later this month.
Posting at 2.46 am Brucie ? Supermarket shift work is a bitch.
Chin up though son. You’re doing your god’s work.
Ahaah. Got it Brucie.
You’ve gone quiet here because you’ve been busy supporting your fellow Christians by trolling the Nigerian Islamic sites. I’m assuming that the guy that posts as “Imam Levy, Mayer of Lagos” (sic) is you, right?
Love the commitment cockle. You’re doing your god’s work.
All Quiet on the Eternal Nakba Front.
Have taken a leaf out of your book Brucie and baked some rather delicious “Eternal City of Jerusalem Cookies” 🍪
I would send some over to you but I have a feeling that they will stick in your throat
DC Chatroom Warning: May contain nuts 🤪
It seems that the Palestinians have commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day in the only way they know how…..by murdering seven civilians innocently praying in a local synagogue?
Still I’m sure that Palestine will be “free” in no time following this atrocity given the track record of multiple Israeli governments have of caving in to acts of terror such as this?
Yes I’m sure that random acts of mass murder against innocent civilians is a strategy that cannot fail to rapidly deliver an independent Palestinian state and 100% on the terms that they require ?
Israel, It’s time to “Mow the Lawn” again.
The jihadi (a devote of ISIS) who ran over and killed 8 people on a Manhattan bike path has been found guilty – CAIR and Omar and Trashida will oppose the death penalty.
Marg Bar Pal-e-SWNE and Islamofascist Iran.
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