Combating Online Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism
Israel’s president, Shimon Peres, has suggested that young people use Facebook to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. What he didn’t say, and probably doesn’t know, is how. The internet and Facebook particularly are full of anti-Israel propaganda. But what is the average college student or young professional supposed to do about it? Andre Oboler writes in the Jerusalem Post:
Both Peres and Herzog are right: We do need to use technology. But it is not enough to tell students and young people to go and “do something technological.” Resources need to be dedicated, research needs to be done, and policies need to be developed.
Today, there is no global center to advise Jewish organizations on effective use of the Internet. No one is systematically developing strategies or training young people to enable them, as a community, to combat online anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism – or, for that matter, to effectively and efficiently promote Israel and Zionism.
Now there’s something we need to change.