Shorty Award Madness! Anti-Israel Advocates Unseat Us for 1st, Chabad Gets Shafted!

For a while yesterday, we were in 1st place, only to be unseated by anti-Israel activists who got the head of "Internet Intifada" into first place (and ironically managed to get us to place in the "racist" and "terrorist" categories).  Internet Intifada is one of the most notoriously anti-Israel voices online.  Considering our enemies outnumber us by about 100 to 1, it was no great feat, but they are ahead in this contest, and thus, we need your help.  

Currently we're in 2nd place of the Shorty Awards for the politics category and we just need about 80 "tweets" to get into first!  The contest is neck-in-neck, so we need a lot more than that to get on top, and stay on top! Voting ends tonight night at midnight, Pacific Time.

Again, the better we do in contests like this, the more people are learning about our work and about the problems we're fighting!  It's especially great as we're the only Jewish organization in the politics category and the only nominee with right wing views. 

So if you're on Twitter, simply do the following:  
  • Send a tweet like this: I nominate @JIDF for a Shorty Award in #politics (or #nonprofit) because... (add reason here). You can do this on, with any Twitter client, or using the voting box on their site
  • You can also send shorter votes like this: #shortyawards @username #category (add quick reason here).
  • Be as creative as you want with the reason!
If you're supportive of Israel, get your friends and family to help! 

We believe in the long run that the anti-Israel advocates have guaranteed a loss for both us, and the Internet Intifada.  The others in the top 5 are Ray Beckermen, The Nation, and Politicos do Brasil.  They're not going to choose "palestine" over Israel or vice versa. The Nation is also notoriously anti-Israel, and the "Politicos do Brasil" does not resonate with the American audience as much.  Our guess is that Ray Beckermen is going to win as it makes the most sense, PR wise. 

In the meantime, it seems the Shorty Awards changed their rules (compare current rules to cached rules and note the addition of the "vote auditing" section) at the last minute to make the "education" category "unofficial."  This has negatively impacted Chabad (who we endorsed and got many to vote for them), as they were doing well in that category!   One of our activists wrote the following to the Shorty Awards management (who can be reached here):
I noticed that the education category is no longer an "official" and has moved to "community."  I didn't understand what happened so I checked the official shorty awards account and it read:  "A couple official categories short on relevant noms were made community."

While I cannot speak for all the nominees in that category, one was certainly "relevant" and that is, Chabad.  I wanted to make you aware that this unfortunate development could reflect poorly on the Shorty Awards, as Chabad is one of the most effective educational organizations on the planet, and has even been recognized by Presidents of the United States of America.  Bush marked the founder's birthday as "Education and Sharing Day":
President George W. Bush signed a proclamation declaring April 16, 2008 – the 106th anniversary of the birth of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory – Education and Sharing Day, USA.
Obama himself stated in a proclamation:
"Few have better understood or more successfully promoted these ideas than Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who emphasized the importance of education and good character. Through the establishment of educational and social service institutions across the country and the world, Rabbi Schneerson sought to empower young people and inspire individuals of all ages. On this day, we raise his call anew."
I urge you to reconsider your decision and include "education" as an official category, so that educational establishment, Chabad, has the fair chance to participate as they had intended.  I also noticed that at the last minute you altered the rules to include the following under a new section called "Vote Auditing"
  • Official categories that do not generate enough relevant candidates, or result in enough interest, will become community categories

I believe it's wrong and unfair to bait and switch like this and feel that this could result in a PR nightmare for the Shorty Awards, especially considering the relevance of at least one of the education nominees.

How many other nominees in this contest have been recognized by US Presidents
They raise a good point.  Between the JIDF being labeled as "racist" and "terrorist" in this competition and the fact that Chabad is not considered "relevant," we're not sure how relevant the Shorty's are themselves.  All we can do is urge you to correct these injustices by writing to the Shorty folks, here, and of course, continue to vote for us and get others to do the same!

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