The Israeli government has launched a program to pay students to promote the Israeli agenda on Facebook and internet chatrooms.Students participating in the program will receive a two thousand dollar stipend from the Jewish Agency, part of the Israeli government, to spend five hours a week online promoting talking points provided by the Israeli government.
According to the National Union of Israeli Students, which is a partner in the program, it is aimed at quote âdeepening and expanding hasbara activities of studentsâ. Hasbara is the Hebrew word for propaganda.
Critics say that the information provided to student participants in the program does not make any distinction between anti-Jewish statements and legitimate criticism of the Israeli governmentâs policies.
Instead, program organizers say that all criticism of Israel constitutes âanti-Semitismâ and should be combated using cyber-warfare and propaganda.
To that end, they will be sending hundreds of self-proclaimed âstudent missionariesâ to colleges around the world to promote the online propaganda program and to encourage students to support the Israeli governmentâs agenda.
To be eligible for the program, students must have lived in Israel for three years and consider themselves active Zionists, as well as having served in the Israeli military.