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This week in power: Social media campaign and Perry’s blunder

by Danny Groner

June 18, 2014 | 8:35 pm

A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

The Israeli government is actively looking for missing Yeshiva students Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, who were abducted while hitchhiking in Jerusalem last week. Around the world, Jews have rallied around the missing youth, starting a campaign on social media under the hashtag of #BringBackOurBoys. "It is important to us to raise the awareness of the kidnap, and that people will know what is going on," one of the organizers of the hashtag told the Jewish Journal.

"In this day and age, public diplomacy is all about social media," wrote Lital Shemesh at Israel Hayom. "Any grass-roots effort that could help shape public opinion on the world stage while condemning and rebuking the acts of terror should be encouraged."

Rick Perry and Judaism?
"I’m more Jewish than you think I am,” Rick Perry told a New York Times writer recently, prompting a raucous response from bloggers. This isn't the first time that Perry has made comments like this one, pointed out JTA. "So why would Perry namedrop his nebulous Jewish credentials? Beyond, of course, a ham fisted attempt to ingratiate himself with his interviewer. Perry is broadly suspected to be at least mulling another run for president in 2016, so that explains why he was in Beverly Hills for a meeting with the the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles," noted Richard Whittaker in The Austin Chronicle. Still, some remain skeptical. "I can see how some people might find Gov. Perry’s claims, well, a bit outlandish," said a Heeb blogger.

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Danny Groner is a contributing writer to the Jewish Journal. He has worked in journalism since he was a teenager, starting off as an intern for a local publication. During his...

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