Full Q&A with the Jerusalem Post

Since much of our Q&A didn't make it into the Jerusalem Post article, we thought we'd share our full response with you:

JPost: Do you think that the internet is playing a role in the public perception of Israel?

Absolutely. We celebrate the IDF's use of a blog, Twitter, YouTube and email to help shape public opinion. We have taken cues from the IDF and have shared the information from them and have enjoyed some direct contact with the PR Branch of the IDF Spokesperson's Unit who has helped share information, which we, in turn, share with our many members and supporters.

The videos on YouTube showing secondary explosions have had a major impact, as do the videos and photos of all the humanitarian effort.

Throughout the years, we have tried to help shape public opinion with our own brand of Israel advocacy online, and it's very refreshing to see Israel taking an active online role as well and we happily follow the IDF's lead.

Once the IDF is done with all the various physical threats to the Jewish State, perhaps it can help us with our online fights!

JPost: Do you think it has a bias against Israel? How so?

Israel and the Jewish people have always faced bias due to antisemitism and the false perception that Israel is the aggressor. Unfortunately, the numbers are always against us. However, the arguments of our enemies and their representatives are not always logical, honest, nor do they have the moral upper hand.

When it comes to bias against Israel, it's very easy for our enemies to be on the constant attack, while it's much more difficult to formulate strong defenses.

JPOST: Have you noticed more internet campaigns and efforts over the past few days to help Israel's image and support?

Absolutely, we have joined forces with many other groups in order to do what we can to help in the effort.

JPost: If yes, where? who?

The JIDF is now sponsoring a new online film initiative with 12 Tribe Films called Qassam. This film helps raise awareness of the threat in which the citizens of Israel face daily.

To learn more about it, please visit this link.

We are joining forces with many organizations including Sderot Media Center and others:
http://israelwecare.weebly.com/sponsors.html


We have also joined forces with another group called "Help Us Win" -
http://helpuswin.wordpress.com

There is another initiative online called Qassam count:
http://apps.facebook.com/qassamcount/

This provides constant updates on both Twitter and Facebook about new Qassam attacks, and again, helps raise awareness.

We join forces with many of these efforts and then help promote them to our many members.

JPost: Has the JIDF had any specific efforts especially targeted toward the current situation in Gaza?


First, foremost and most importantly, we are constantly thinking and praying for our brothers and sisters protecting the citizens of Israel, as well as the many tourists and religious pilgrims in the country this time of year. Our thoughts, prayers and concerns are for all them as as well as with all the people who live under the constant threat of Islamic terrorism, whether it is in Mumbai, Sderot, Iraq, or New York City, the JIDF recognizes that it is the same war on different fronts.

The JIDF has been working to support Israel's right to self-defense and to highlight Israel's important role of being on the front lines in the war against Islamic terrorism. We have also noticed the mob gatherings being organized in various cities by those who apparently support the Islamic terrorist organization, Hamas, so the the JIDF quickly coordinated counter protests.

You may read more about this here, and see the Facebook "event" we created for it here.

We are constantly finding the best and most timely material to share in our effort to do whatever we can for Israel and the Jewish people.

Thank you so much, again, for your interest in the Jewish Internet Defense Force! Feel free to contact me anytime with any more questions you might have.

Take care, and Am Yisrael Chai!

Sincerely,

Jewish Internet Defense Force
http://www.thejidf.org
Leading the Fight



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