Update on the JIDF shutting down


Two weeks ago, I wrote a post explaining that the JIDF would be shutting down. There's still a chance of that, but in the meantime, I'm trying my best to keep it running strong in the face of death threats, my deactivation from Facebook (read about it in the Jewish Tribune and New York Jewish Week), and the need for proper funding.

The goal for now is to drive more traffic to the JIDF site and to encourage more interactivity.  Therefore, we encourage you to leave comments here and share our posts as often as possible. The more you can link to us, the better.  You can even add a "Proud Supporter" of the JIDF avatar to your sites, and add a link to the JIDF in your blogrolls.  You can get active on digg, stumbleupon, twitter, and other sites and share anything from the JIDF website.  Even though we encourage you to spend less time on Facebook, you can always share JIDF information there too.  In short, there's a lot you can do to help.

So far, we are succeeding in generating more traffic to the JIDF site.  Despite all the obstacles and mishegas, this month the JIDF has seen the most traffic we have had since we went public in May of 2008.  We have already had over 40,000 46,000 visits this month.

In order to generate revenue, we'd eventually like to ads.  I'm also available to consult with people who would like to promote their own businesses, organizations, or blogs.  I'm confident that I could use the many things I have learned in my work creating and developing the JIDF to help others promote their efforts or increase traffic to their sites as well.

I'm a firm believer that "out of darkness, comes light."  Yes, death threats are awful.  Yes, being deactivated from Facebook for no good reason and losing over two years of hard work, important documentation, and correspondence is painful and absurd.   Yes, the fact that my own people did it to me hurts.  A lot.  But in the end?  It's all for a reason.  When one door closes, another opens.  My presence on Facebook was a huge door.  Since it was slammed in my face, I expect an even larger one to open.

Soon.

There's much to be done.  Currently the JIDF has been focused on sharing important news and information, but we're still actively involved in discovering and addressing problems online.  In fact, being deactivated from Facebook has freed me up to take more chances in order to discover even more issues there.  We will keep you posted on our findings, as we're always learning about new security and privacy flaws every day.

Of course, it's tragic that it seems Facebook allows Holocaust deniers, antisemites, and jihadists to thrive while they take activists like myself and others off their platform (despite desperate pleas to be welcomed back.)

In the end, I thank everyone for their support.  It's a tough job when facing attacks from every direction possible. It's even tougher when fellow Jews align themselves against me and the JIDF, but someone has to do this.  Or at least I have to do this. 

In the meantime, I urge you to follow me on Twitter, or drop me a line to stay in touch, alert me of any issues you encounter, or if you're interested in having the JIDF help promote your efforts.  Also, if you'd like to help keep the spirit alive with a gift to the JIDF then that would be fantastic.

I find that there are a few people out there desperately trying to make me completely miserable, but then there are others, who lend a helping hand during dark times.  It's an overwhelming mix of helpful vs. hurtful and destructive vs. creative forces, but in the end, I have complete faith that that "good" triumphs over "evil." Thus, I'm not worried.

And now, I'll send you off with a song....it's about never giving up, never allowing anyone to get you down, and the coming of Moshiach (in my mind at least...) oh, and be sure to click the "sd" to change it to "hq" for better quality.....-DA



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