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  • New rule: Fanatics can’t use Twitter

    By Rob Eshman

    5 days ago

    Each week, we are forced to bear witness to hideous acts of terrorism committed on a piece of barren sand thousands of miles away, then transmitted to our eyeballs via miracles of modern technology, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, the Internet.

    Evidently, fanatics...

  • Doing the big men’s job.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    6 days ago

    Ask any person who’s been to Israel what’s it like, and they’ll tell you about the beautiful scenery, the warm people, the everlasting summer, the never-sleeping Tel-Aviv and the enchanting holiday season. A person who has never been to Israel but met an Israeli, will probably say...

  • Anti-Semitic fliers delivered to Sydney Jewish neighborhoods

    August 26, 2014 | 12:38 pm

    Anti-Semitic fliers were dropped in the mailboxes of private homes in Jewish suburbs of Sydney.

    Residents of Bondi Beach and Double Bay, which contain large numbers of Sydney’s 40,000-plus Jewish community, found the flier in their mailboxes on Monday.

    “Wake up Australia,” the...

  • S. African union official calls for ‘wrath’ against Jewish leaders

    By tessc

    August 14, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    A South African union leader called for “eye for an eye” attacks on Jewish communal officials in retribution for civilian deaths in Gaza.

    In a Facebook post Wednesday, Tony Ehrenreich, a trade union official and the 2011 Cape Town mayoral candidate for the African National...

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  • Israeli Arab reinstated at job after suspension over anti-IDF Facebook post

    July 31, 2014 | 11:40 am

    An Arab nurse at an Israeli hospital suspended from his job for a Facebook post that calls the Israeli military “war criminals” was reinstated.

    The Arab-Israeli male nurse at Sheba Medical Center must issue a public apology to the hospital administration, according to reports.

    ...
  • Showing some skin for the troops

    July 29, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    Some support Israel’s troops with prayer; others support them by raising money. But some are supporting the troops by showing a little skin.

    The Facebook page “Standing With IDF” was designed for women to show their support and boost soldiers’ morale with racy photos. The page...

  • A short guidebook to all celebrities posting about the Israel-Gaza situation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 28, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Dear celebrities,

    You are people of high power. Having millions of fans and followers grants you the power to change the world with just 140 typed notes. You have more power than any political leader, as people devour your status updates, ready to follow your lead without asking...

  • War during the social media era: Israel-Hamas war’s toxic tweets

    July 24, 2014 | 9:35 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A photograph of a wounded Israeli soldier lying on a gurney appeared on a Facebook page above the comment reading, “I hope all Israeli soldiers come back this way if not at all,” followed by a smiley face computer symbol.

    As...

  • Please manipulate me

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 14, 2014 | 11:53 am

    What do you call it when media try to manipulate your feelings without first asking for informed consent?

    Tuesday. 

    Example:  The average Facebook user sees only 20 percent of the 1,500 stories per day that could have shown up in their news feed.  The posts you receive are...

  • Social media outcry: How Israelis are mourning the loss of three of their sons

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 30, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    Earlier this evening, a news report interrupted the regular programming on the main television channels, with the tragic news that ended an 18-day security operation: The dead bodies of the 16 year-old Gil-Ad Shaar, 16 year-old Naftali Fraenkel and 19 year- old Eyal Yifrah, were...

  • Facebook page calls for executing Palestinian murderers hourly

    June 17, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    A Facebook page that calls on Israel to execute a Palestinian murderer every hour until three kidnapped Israeli teens are returned has garnered more than 19,000 likes.

    There is no indication of who established the page, which was created on June 13, one day after the abduction of...

  • Iranian judge summons Facebook CEO for breach of privacy

    May 27, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    A conservative Iranian court opened a case against instant messaging services WhatsApp and Instagram while also summoning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over complaints of privacy violation, state news agency ISNA reported on Tuesday.

    The case underscores the growing struggle...

  • Rouhani rejects Iranian WhatsApp ban

    May 7, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has rejected a plan to ban the free text-messaging service WhatsApp.

    The plan was approved by an Iranian censorship committee and then announced Sunday by Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, head of the country’s Committee for Determining Criminal Web...

  • Kick Off Party for Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC!

    By Tera Greene

    April 25, 2014 | 1:18 am

    Kick Off Party for Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC!

    TONIGHT!
    APRIL 25th
    Los Angeles, CA
     

    ~~
    I was able to get Co-Founder of Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC (PEWO), Somerset Waters, to take a moment out of his very busy schedule to discuss more about PEWO.
    Check out...

  • Am I an e-slave?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 9, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    I am not the right person to preach on electronic servitude, given my tons of incoming mail and messages and a touch of OCD. As I’m writing this, in between tweets and Facebook updates, I have stopped to answer e-mails. More than once. They pile up, you see, and I like a clean...

  • New apps help people avoid unwanted encounters

    March 31, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Trying to avoid an awkward encounter with an ex? Fearful of an embarrassing meeting after an argument? New apps can help people avoid bumping into others and provide escape routes if they do.

    By logging on to Facebook and other social networking sites, users can choose people...

  • Randi Zuckerberg: Silicon Valley Girl

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 27, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    Sibling relationships have been fraught and competitive since the dawn of time.

    Cain and Abel, the Bible’s very first siblings, set the gold standard for rivalry when Cain slew Abel in a field. Things barely improved from there: Jacob stole his brother Esau’s birthright; Joseph’s...

  • Silicon valley girl

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 26, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    Sibling relationships have been fraught and competitive since the dawn of time. 

    Cain and Abel, the Bible’s very first siblings, set the gold standard for rivalry when Cain slew Abel in a field. Things barely improved from there: Jacob stole his brother Esau’s birthright;...

  • WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum’s tale of two cities

    February 24, 2014 | 9:52 am

    Jan Koum’s birthday is today, and he’s already received his big gift.

    The Ukraine-born CEO and founder of WhatsApp has catapulted from relative unknown to a poster boy for rags-to-riches immigrant triumph since selling the rapidly growing messaging company to Facebook for a...

  • Zuckerberg’s Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion

    February 20, 2014 | 10:41 am

    Facebook will buy the mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, the company announced.

    “No one in the history of the world has ever done something like this,” Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said during a conference call on Wednesday, Reuters...

  • Taking Israel off the map- how international companies help the anti-Israeli cause

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 19, 2014 | 9:36 am

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is kicking and screaming into reality, but when it comes to some of the leading corporates in the world, it seems as if the conflict is over, and Israel is on the losing side.


    National Geographic shared a video of an escalator on its Instagram...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 24, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Can you imagine your life without Facebook? It was only eight years ago when this brilliant website burst into our lives and changed our ways of communication forever. Before there was Facebook, we used instant messaging programs to chat online with one another, and one of the...

  • Eldad Hagar: Dogged devotion

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 2, 2014 | 4:37 pm

    When Eldad Hagar, co-founder of the dog rescue Hope for Paws, arrived at the trash heap in Wilmington last November, a defeated-looking white husky huddled miserably amid the garbage, her red and raw body racked with mange, bacterial infections and parasites. The dog was too...

  • Using media as a weapon in the agunah fight

    November 5, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    The websites look like those of political prisoners.

    Under the caption “Free Tamar Now!” there is a close-up photo of demonstrators with signs and megaphones. “Stop the abuse,” one sign reads.

    But FreeTamar.org and the Free Gital Facebook group seek emancipation not from...

  • Words With Friends, Twitter & Fear of the Internet

    By Ilana Angel

    September 26, 2013 | 2:08 pm

    I love Words With Friends and I play everyday.  I have multiple games going, currently 19, and my highest scoring word is “WANKERS” for 102 points.  I know some of the people I play with because they are my friends or family.  I also play with a lot of my followers on Facebook and...

  • Russian gay rights leader takes hit for anti-Semitic tweets

    September 3, 2013 | 9:37 am

    One of Russia’s most prominent gay rights activists made anti-Semitic statements on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

    The tweets appeared last week on Nikolai Alexeyev’s account in connection with an article about him in OUT Magazine. Alexeyev re-tweeted comments calling the...

  • Love in the time of Elul

    By David Suissa

    August 21, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    I confess there’s something that’s always bothered me about this time of year, when we put such a big emphasis on reflecting on our mistakes. Why only now? Isn’t this something we should be doing all year? As a community, we certainly do plenty of it, through the very act of...

  • Palestinian hacker posts on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook wall

    August 19, 2013 | 10:32 am

    A Palestinian hacker posted a message on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s wall to show there is a bug in the social network’s security settings.

    Khalil Shreateh of Hebron posted information about the bug on Zuckerberg’s wall late last week following unsuccessful attempts to...

  • Invites: Snail or E-mail?

    August 14, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    My bat mitzvah invitation had bright purple embossed text on a hot- pink card with my name enlarged in decorative script at the top and daisies adorning the bottom.

    Twenty-plus years later, I remember eagerly waiting for my friends to receive the invitations and running home...

  • Egyptian army threatens to shoot violent protesters

    July 25, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    Egypt's army threatened on Thursday to shoot those who use violence in a stark warning before what both sides expect will be a bloody street showdown between Islamists and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

    An army official said the military had set Morsi's Muslim...

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