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Israel wants to pay students to post pro-Israel messages on Facebook and Twitter

The Israeli prime minister’s office has said that students will receive scholarships to engage international audiences to combat anti-Semitism and calls to boycott Israel.

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ISRAEL WANTS TO pay university students to post pro-Israel messages on social media networks, and officials say they won’t need to identify themselves as government-linked.

The Israeli prime minister’s office said in a statement yesterday that students will receive scholarships to engage international audiences online to combat anti-Semitism and calls to boycott Israel.

It said students’ messages would parallel statements by government spokespeople.

An Israeli official said today that scholarship recipients wouldn’t need to identify themselves as part of the programme, which would begin within months. He spoke anonymously because the project is still under development.

The Israeli daily Haaretz identified the official heading the project as Danny Seaman, a spokesman who has written Facebook posts criticised by the media as being incendiary and anti-Muslim.

Seaman declined comment.

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