Sunday, October 11, 2009

Iran Threatens Israel With Destruction

( - A high-ranking Iranian government official says Iran will respond to either an American or Israeli attack by "blowing up the heart of the State of Israel." The spokesman is a representative of Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's highest spiritual leader, in the country's most powerful military force, the Revolutionary Guard.

"Even if one Zionist or American rocket hits our land," said Mojtaba Zolnour, "Iranian rockets will explode in the heart of Israel even before the dust settles." He sounded the threat on Friday morning.

Just a week ago, Iran conducted an exercise in which it fired multiple long-range Shihab-3 ballistic missiles simultaneously. The rockets are able to reach any point in the Middle East, as well as some in Europe.

Western and Iranian negotiators are scheduled to begin their next round of talks on Iran's uranium enrichment program later this month. The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to have President Barack Obama report by January 31 on his diplomatic efforts to have Iran stop its drive to acquire nuclear weapons.

Earlier this year, Obama set an informal deadline of "the end of this year" to see if negotiations with Iran would prove effective. Congress has now given him an extra month.

The new bill, which still requires Senate approval, also demands the levying of sanctions on Iran if that country does not accept the American offer "to engage in diplomatic talks" and also if it does not "suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities" related to its nuclear ambitions.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Facebook removes the account of the Jewish Internet Defense Force

Once again, Facebook has shown it’s true colors. As of yesterday, the account of David Appletree and the Jewish Internet Defense Force was suspended. This is not the first time this has happened. David has been dealing with this problem for months now - the account would be pulled, then returned intact; pulled again a week later, then restored, etc. This time it’s supposedly over personal information issues. Facebook wants David to provide a government document proving he’s a real person and that David Appletree is his legal name.

What an absurd request, and what a blatant case of harassment. Shame on Facebook!

Shielding true personal information, especially a group like the JIDF, is essential to keeping people such as David safe from individuals who would like nothing more than to silence pro-Jewish voices for good. It’s a harsh, cruel world out there, and it's inhabited by bigots (and just plain nasty people) who want to eliminate Jews and others who dare to take a stand against the electronic jihad/neo-nazi factions spewing their anti-Semitic hatred all over the internet. In my case, one of the hate mongers who infests YouTube actually came to Seattle to try and find me and send me a “message” (probably using a club or a gun). Lucky for me and my family, the person was unsuccessful in his attempts.

The following is the letter I sent to Facebook asking them to reinstate David’s account. Also, please visit the JIDF website and show your support for David and his efforts in combatting anti-Semitism on the Web.



An Open letter To Facebook

Please reinstate the account of David Appletree of the Jewish Internet Defense Force. It is my understanding that Facebook deleted his account over personal information issues.

I must protest this deactivation in the strongest terms. Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Blogger, and YouTube need sites like the JIDF to counter the rising tide of Anti-Semitism 2.0, a phenomenon that seems to be growing exponentially over the last few years. Islamist terror cells, white supremacist and neo-nazi groups, and Holocaust denial organizations all seem to have a presence on Facebook. Will it be the policy of your company to “card” those accounts as well? I also notice that you have several Chabad and other Jewish accounts on a list for requesting documentation.

Such behavior brings back memories for many Jews, in which one of the early tactics of the Hitler regime in Nazi Germany was that a Jew was required to “show his papers” to any soldier on demand or risk arrest.

As a longtime member of another site, YouTube, I can also attest to the power of anti-Semitic forces engaging in spam-flagging an account into suspension, even when that account has not violated any TOS policies. My own account, ravdov571, was suspended in 2008 after being attacked by neo-nazi and Islamist flaggers who were determined to silence me. Luckily, I was able to get it back intact. I hope this will be the case with Facebook concerning the account of TheJIDF.

I can say with all assurance that David is an forthright, upstanding, honest person who just wants to ensure the safety of himself and his family, in view of the death threats he has been receiving. He is currently, in my opinion, the most important and effective voice in the Jewish community in the war against hate and intolerance.

I would ask that Facebook immediately reinstate the account of David Appletree, and restore his document, friends lists, articles, and all things pertaining to it. Please do not let the forces of anti-Semitism influence Facebook policy. Doing so would create a slippery slope, in which the efforts of pro-Jewish and pro-Israel voices on the internet would end up being severely crippled, if not totally eliminated.