The progressive news website Common Dreams offers stellar content on a regular basis. It has been fearless and honest in its coverage of Israel and in so doing has attracted negative attention, including simulated anti-Semitic commentary. In a recent published report the site notes that such anti-Semitic posts "have been so frequent and intense they have driven away donors from a nonprofit dependent on reader generosity."
The site launched an investigation and the ensuing report makes interesting reading. Here's an excerpt that reveals who was really behind a slew of "damaging comments":
A Common Dreams investigation has discovered that more than a thousand of these damaging comments over the past two years were written with a deceptive purpose by a Jewish Harvard graduate in his thirties who was irritated by the website's discussion of issues involving Israel.
His intricate campaign, which he has admitted to Common Dreams, included posting comments by a screen name, "JewishProgressive," whose purpose was to draw attention to and denounce the anti-Semitic comments that he had written under many other screen names.
The deception was many-layered. At one point he had one of his characters charge that the anti-Semitic comments and the criticism of the anti-Semitic comments must be written by "internet trolls who have been known to impersonate anti-Semites in order to then double-back and accuse others of supporting anti-Semitism"--exactly what he was doing.
Read more here.
This type of cloaked commentary on the part of pro-Israel trolls is more common than you might think. Websites that take on Israel can become a target in an effort to damage their credibility. The object clearly is to smear target sites by presenting them as hubs of anti-Semitic hatred and to put a chill on Israel criticism.