Richard Silverstein Exposed

In his latest post, DouchebloggerTM Richard Silverstein exposes my real identity, including my address, potentially placing my entire family at risk.

http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2011/12/28/aussie-dave-exposed/

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Or so it would seem.

You see, Silverstein’s post is the result of a trap I set to expose him as the unreliable, nasty amateur that he is.

For years, I have been posting about his hatred for Israel and nastiness, which makes a mockery of his blog’s name Tikkun Olam (“Repairing/Healing the World”). Recently, he was cited by the mainstream media, due to his posts blaming Israel and the Mossad for explosions in Iran and Lebanon, as well as for leaking online some FBI surveillance transcripts of conversations caught on F.B.I. wiretaps of the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Although I have demonstrated on numerous occasions the inaccuracies in his posts, I knew I had to step things up a notch to really show how unreliable and careless with the facts he is.

So I set a trap. I asked a friend of the blog to approach Silverstein with “proof” of my real identity, knowing how much he wanted to reveal it to the world. In order to make it believable, I inserted an “easter egg” into this Silverstein-related post.

Some of my eagle-eyed readers noticed my name “David Loeb” in the top right hand corner of the screenshot, even sending me mails to warn me of my “mistake.” The thing is, it was not a mistake at all, but rather a deliberate move to get Silverstein to take the bait.

David Loeb is a fake name. The photo in the Facebook profile I set up is of basketballer Jordan Farmar, who was in the news in Israel for playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv. I used his photo deliberately since anyone who claims to be knowledgable on the goings on in Israel would know this, yet using it would not necessarily expose the account as being fake. I knew if Silverstein thought the photo was really of me, it would expose the level of his ignorance.

I included in the profile my supposed address (Beit Shemesh was a great choice given how much it has been in the news), as well as the URL of this blog to connect David Loeb to it.

With the trap set, I asked a friend of this blog to send a mail to Silverstein with “proof” of my identity. He mailed Silverstein under the name Yossi Nachas, with me on blind copy.

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Despite never having met “Yossi Nachas” before, Silverstein eagerly took the bait, although promising to do “more research” (something he clearly never did).

Silverstein then sent Yossi another email:

Silverstein finds it incredible that I would have my blog’s URL in my Facebook Profile, yet it does not occur to him that he is being set up! Notice also how he begins to elaborate on some of the information provided in the Facebook Profile. But most striking is his intention to perhaps offer me a “deal” – agree to shut up about him, and he won’t expose my identity. In other words, blackmail.

Yet Silverstein never did send me that blackmail offer. He went right ahead and supposedly exposed me. I am not sure why he changed his mind, but I doubt it was because of my “feeble attempt to link me to a couple from [his] home city sharing [his] last name, who were charged with welfare fraud.” Rather, I believe it was my last post showing how he defends Hamas. 

I instructed “Yossi Nachas” to suggest to Silverstein a reasonable explanation as to why I may have Virgin Megastore in the Facebook profile – as research for this post (which happens to be the actual reason).

Yet as you can see from Silverstein’s post, he favored the far-fetched scenario that I work for Virgin Megastores. I guess it goes along with the blackjack player image!

I should also point out that despite his claims, I have never posted Silverstein’s home address, phone number and wife’s employer’s name on my site. Some commenters have posted links to sites where he himself has posted his details, and I have linked to his wife’s profile at her law firm site. This is entirely different to what Silverstein has endeavored to do: out an anonymous blogger who has not voluntarily placed his own details online.

So to summarize what we have here:

  • Despite claiming to want to “repair the world”, Silverstein reveals what he thinks is my name and address, potentially placing my safety and the safety of my family at risk 
  • Silverstein posts this on the basis of an anonymous source he knows nothing about, and a Facebook Profile with my URL and one friend!
  • Silverstein does not recognize the photo of someone heavily in the news in Israel, despite his claims about being knowledgable about goings on there
  • Silverstein invents facts based on nothing more than speculation, despite being presented with a more realistic alternative interpretation
  • Silverstein lies about me publishing his personal details

No doubt Silverstein will quickly take down his post “exposing” my real identity if he hasn’t by the time of me posting this (some like this man have already sounded some warning bells). But the screenshots don’t lie: the exposer has become the exposed.

I hope this post serves as a warning to all of those who rely on Richard Silverstein as a valid source of information, and place trust in his theories and “anonymous sources.” I hope it also demonstrates to you how he has no compunctions about potentially endangering the life of a fellow Jew, despite his claims of wanting to serve mankind.

Update: In case you think I am exaggerating by stating he potentially placed my family at risk, look at his cheer squad.

Update: Despite the mounting evidence of the deception, Silverstein can’t back down.

Update: While I clearly have a personal interest in this story since the safety of me and my family is at stake, this post is ultimately about a blogger who is regularly cited by mainstream publications as a source of secret information about Israel, yet is so gullible and unscrupulous that he got taken in by a couple of emails and an obviously fake Facebook profile. With this in mind, here are some examples of MSM outlets and noteworthy publications that have either relied on Silverstein or otherwise quoted him.

New York Times (and here complaining about online harrassment and bullying!)

Seattle Times

Ynet

Jerusalem Post

Israel’s Channel 10

Infolive.tv

Jewish Daily Forward

Ma’an News

Update: A reader notes that one of the commenters egging on Silverstein is Jillian York (see the screenshot of the comments on Silverstein’s blog) – Director of International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. This is taken from their website:

Anonymity

Many people don’t want the things they say online to be connected with their offline identities. They may be concerned about political or economic retribution harassment or even threats to their lives. Whistleblowers report news that companies and governments would prefer to suppress; human rights workers struggle against repressive governments; parents try to create a safe way for children to explore; victims of domestic violence attempt to rebuild their lives where abusers cannot follow.

Instead of using their true names to communicate these people choose to speak using pseudonyms (assumed names) or anonymously (no name at all). For these individuals and the organizations that support them secure anonymity is critical. It may literally save lives.

Anonymous communications have an important place in our political and social discourse. The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that the right to anonymous free speech is protected by the First Amendment. A much-cited 1995 Supreme Court ruling in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission reads:

Protections for anonymous speech are vital to democratic discourse. Allowing dissenters to shield their identities frees them to express critical minority views . . . Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. . . . It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation . . . at the hand of an intolerant society.

The tradition of anonymous speech is older than the United States. Founders Alexander Hamilton James Madison and John Jay wrote the Federalist Papers under the pseudonym “Publius ” and “the Federal Farmer” spoke up in rebuttal. The US Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized rights to speak anonymously derived from the First Amendment.

The right to anonymous speech is also protected well beyond the printed page. Thus in 2002 the Supreme Court struck down a law requiring proselytizers to register their true names with the Mayor’s office before going door-to-door.

These long-standing rights to anonymity and the protections it affords are critically important for the Internet. As the Supreme Court has recognized the Internet offers a new and powerful democratic forum in which anyone can become a “pamphleteer” or “a town crier with a voice that resonates farther than it could from any soapbox.”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been involved in the fight to protect the rights of anonymous speakers online. As one court observed in a case handled by EFF along with the ACLU of Washington “[T]he free exchange of ideas on the Internet is driven in large part by the ability of Internet users to communicate anonymously.”

We’ve challenged many efforts to impede anonymous communication both in the courts or the legislatures. We also previously provided financial support to the developers of Tor an anonymous Internet communications system. By combining legal and policy work with technical tools we hope to maintain the Internet’s ability to serve as a vehicle for free expression.

I guess the above does not apply to pro-Israel bloggers like myself?

Update: I just noticed Silverstein updated his post after discovering the photo was fake. But instead of understanding he had been duped, he invented a convoluted reason as to why I would do such a thing.

Update: Jillian York showing on Silverstein’s Facebook page more enthusiasm for my being outed, despite working for the EFF.

About Aussie Dave

An Aussie immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave is founder and managing editor of Israellycool, one of the world's most popular pro-Israel blogs (and the one you are currently reading) He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and girlie drinks

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  • RickS

    Just awesome. The douche is strong in Silverstein. Shame about Jillian York, though. I used to respect the EFF, but I guess a blogger only has rights as long he’s not one of TEH JOOS.

  • DrMike

    Someone should email Dickie with Aussie Dave’s REAL address: 23 Yehuda Halevi St in Tel Aviv (don’t get bent out of shape folks, that’s the Australian Embassy; then maybe Dickie will breathlessly announce that he has discovered that this is an international conspiracy against him.)

  • Dan

    I hope the rags that publish his crap are let in on this.. hint hint..

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  • Zappos

    Bloggers all over the blogsphere, left to right have joined together to condemn Richard Silverstein for violating the privacy of blogger Aussie Dave and thereby putting him and his children at risk.

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  • Daniel

    well friends, that’s what happened to any anyone who thinks that he can “change the world,,,” sad case but i am happy for him that he went that far against the Israelies people and forgot that they are the most beautiful country and people in the world, and if he can’t understand that fact and [deleted], than maybe he needs some better ideas in jail to where he belongs – Good luck Richard Silverstein !

    • http://www.israellycool.com/ Aussie Dave

      Sorry I had to delete part of your comment, but I can’t have people posting the pedophile allegations on here. I have the moral high ground here, and can’t allow for unsubstantiated allegations to be posted on here, even if they apply to such a nasty person.

      • Daniel

        dave, i don’t mind you delete some of what i said, (which it’s proved by the law, and everyone knows it already.. )but i really hop that you be honest enough to delete some of what mr. silverman shouldn’t say.. maybe that will prove your high grounded moral.
        good luck to you too!

        • http://www.israellycool.com/ Aussie Dave

          Proved by the law? Where?

          And who is Mr Silverman? Do you mean Silverstein? And what should I delete of what he shouldn’t say?

          I’m confused.

      • Morris Katz

        When Shmarya Rosenberg, who’s IMHO as big a douchblogger (TM) as Silvershmuck, makes such unsubstantiated allegations, I take him to task big-time.

        One cannot be inconsistent. I call Silvershmuck Axis of Evil Sally, but until there’s evidence of his being a pedophile, I’ll attack those who make such allegations.

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  • Jania Cociella

    I am impressed that you were able to prove (as if we needed proof) that Richard Silverstein does not do his homework. This setup is almost as funny as the time Silverstein fell for a Purim (April Fools-type) joke in Haaeretz. Silverstein actually believed a February 28, 2010 spoof article, which claimed that Israel planned to allow sponsors to beam their ads onto the Western Wall. Without corroborating the story, Silverstein posted it on his blog as a genuine article. Who knows if, in his excitement at hoping to make Israel look bad, he even noticed the “Happy Purim from Haaretz” at the end of the article. Silverstein is a Purim Fool, but you have shown that he can be fooled all year ’round. I posted on his blog a few years ago but realized it was a waste of time. Richard Silverstein knows far less about Israel than he claims. He denies or is unaware of well-known issues concerning Israel. Please keep up the good work and fool him again and again.

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  • Goel Jasper

    Aussie Dave –

    You are my hero! Outstanding work to expose a true hater of the Jews.

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