Have you noticed that there's a lot less about Israel on the web lately?
While our mainstream media never did allow much criticism of Israel, such criticism has begun to disappear from alternative websites as well. The Chimp has stopped allowing posts that mention Israel. AlterNet has stopped running stories critical of Israel. What's going on?
This might be a clue:
UC Irvine's message: Criticize Israel, get suspended
...UC Irvine's administration last week announced an unprecedented recommendation to suspend for one year the Muslim Student Union (MSU), a registered campus organization, for its alleged involvement in disrupting a Feb. 8 speech by Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S....The decision comes after several months of intense pressure by a number of off-campus Zionist organizations. In February, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) called upon Jewish donors to withhold donations from UC Irvine and urged Jewish students not to enroll there.
Israel failed miserably at controlling the media spin about the Mavi Marmara attack. Their explanations were so self-contradictory as to be easily disproven. Most of the stuff that Israel released to the press proved to be heavily edited or falsified. One such video even showed a "terrorist" walking right through a solid steel bollard:
Attempts at countering the truth with Hasbara lies also proved futile. And even gatekeeper websites insisted that if they allowed Zionist propaganda, they had to allow opposing opinions. As those in opposition were more reasonable and persuasive than those who could only use talking points and personal attacks, the propaganda backfired.
So Israel has apparently decided that since it can't spread propaganda without it being thoroughly refuted and discredited, they're going to use all the money at their disposal to try to keep Israel out of the media as much as possible. Survivors of the Mavi Marmara massacre have been blocked from entering the United States, so our primary, and often only, access to their testimony is through YouTube.
Although Israel falsely claims that its critics want to wipe it off the map:
Juan Cole, fluent in both Farsi and Arabic wrote, "I have a suggestion for my readers. Every time you see a newspaper article that alleges that Ahmadinejad said that Israel should be wiped off the face of the map, please write the editor. Say that this idiom does not exist in Persian, and that what Ahmadinejad actually said was, "This occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time." And you can cite me."
it appears that Israel itself has succeeded in almost entirely wiping Israel off the face of the internet.