UPDATE: As of Monday morning (Israel time) Google Play has removed the app. Baruch Marzel, Jewish supremacist and former student of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, posted on Facebook last night (Saturday) that there is now an app on Google Play where you can read quotes from the rabbi. I couldn't believe it, so I went into Google Play and, voila, there it is. One of the screenshots shown is a quote where Kahane claims there is no such thing as a Palestinian people. Here is how Marzel is marketing the app: “New new! A daily Kahane also in a…Read More... | 12 Comments
The 'Prisoner X' affair was sensitive enough for Israel to use all of its censorship tools at once: the military censor, gag orders and the 'editors committee.' But was the effort by the Prime Minister's Office entirely about national security, or did it have to do with protecting those responsible for the mess? And what should the affair teach us about the ability to keep information from the public in this technological age? The affair known as the death of "Prisoner X" is becoming an interesting test case for the effect of new media on state secrets and the relations between…Read More... | 2 Comments
Google Street View was launched in Israel last April, after a long battle with the Defense Ministry over the blurring of military facilities located in the Israeli cities. Lately, Google cars have been spotted in West Bank settlements as well. Here is a picture taken in Elkana, located in the western part of the Samarian hills near the Green Line: Does this mean that Google too believes that "facts on the ground" are irreversible? And will they be launching Street View for Palestinian towns, checkpoints etc.?Read More... | 6 Comments
The interior ministry here has finally allowed Google to deploy it infamous periscoped buggy, so that even people far, far away can experience driving through Tel Aviv's streets one. inch. at. a. time - just like in real life. Bemused residents elsewhere in the world have already come up with various ways to protests this strange incursion: But Israeli activists have decided instead to use it to protest a considerably greater inconvenience - the occupation. A Facebook page was set up today calling on Israelis to track the progress of the street car with signs against Israel's control of the…Read More... | 2 Comments
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