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  • Sounds of war, overhead and on my Twitter feed

    By Simone Wilson

    5 days ago

    When the first air-raid siren of summer 2014 screeched through Tel Aviv, my blood turned to ash. I was sitting in a coffee shop near my apartment, typing out a news piece on the disturbing increase in anti-Arab and anti-Jewish attacks throughout Israel, when the sound came —...

  • Rihanna, Dwight Howard and the trouble with tweeting #FreePalestine

    By Danielle Berrin

    6 days ago

    Earlier today, the sultry chanteuse Rihanna, who is best known for seduction-via-pop-song, decided to make a serious political statement and tweeted “#FreePalestine.”

    Eight minutes later, according to TMZ, she deleted it. Nevermind the ridiculous explanation offered by “a source...

  • Rihanna tweets and deletes #FreePalestine: A new trend?

    1 week ago

    Another celeb has tweeted, then promptly deleted #FreePalestine.

    The tweet was on Rihanna's account for, wait for it....eight minutes!

    But in the age of screen captures, that was plenty of time for everyone to see it.

    This comes just a few days after NBA star Dwight Howard did the same thing, except he apologized.

    Rihanna has not yet commented on the tweet and delete.

  • MSNBC’s Toure apologizes for tweet on Holocaust survivors

    May 29, 2014 | 8:50 am

    MSNBC host Toure Neblett apologized for a tweet in which he suggested that Jewish survivors of the Holocaust succeeded because they are white.

    “Late last week, I foolishly got involved in a twitter exchange regarding an article about reparations,” Toure tweeted on Tuesday...

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  • CAMERA blasts NY Times with sign outside of office: ‘Unfair to Jill Abramson’ ‘Unfair to Israel’

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    May 23, 2014 | 10:15 am

    Good morning, New York Times.

    The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America has given the Times employees a new view from their office windows.

    A photo shared by media editor Peter Lattman on Twitter on May 23 shows the pro-Israel group's billboard: "The New...

  • 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...

  • James Franco: Of Entice and Rejection

    By Melissa Weller

    April 3, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    Call it luxury or call it tragedy, but history writes that celebrities aren’t typically known for their moral upstanding, especially in the field of sexual (mis)conduct. Google almost anyone with an IMDB page and throw “controversy,” “affair” or “sex tape” into the search bar —...

  • Turkey says Syria security leak ‘villainous’ as YouTube blocked

    March 27, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.

    Turkish authorities ordered a shutdown of the site.

    Erdogan's...

  • Russell Simmons mixes up Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres in condolence

    January 13, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    Hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons was one of the many to publicly mourn former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who passed away on Saturday. He was probably one of the few, though, to mourn the wrong man.

    “R.I.P. my friend Ariel Sharon great pleasure working with you.....

  • Bullying Isn’t Funny

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 2, 2013 | 3:51 pm

    This story was making the rounds on social media this past Thanksgiving weekend. It starts as a seemingly self-centered passenger complains to a flight attendant about her delayed flight, and how it’s important to her to get to her destination in time to help cook the stuffing for...

  • Boteach tweets of terror during N.J. mall shooting with family inside

    November 5, 2013 | 11:09 am

    Rabbi Shmuely Boteach tweeted “Please pray” as law enforcement scoured a New Jersey mall looking for the gunman who fired shots there while his daughter and wife took cover inside.

    Boteach and three of his children were entering the Garden State Plaza in Paramus on Monday night...

  • There will be an ‘Entourage’ movie!

    October 29, 2013 | 9:52 am

    Those of you following the “Entourage” saga can finally breathe easy. The movie is on!

    “It’s a go. Love you all,” wrote Doug Ellin, the show’s creator and screenwriter said in Monday evening in a Tweet that included a group photo of the cast.

    Are Adrian Grenier and the rest of...

  • Watch: Lou Reed doing his part at a seder

    October 28, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Legendary Jewish rocker Lou Reed passed away this weekend at age 71, and since the news broke there has been a flurry of digital tributes.

    Among them are Tweets from Jewish stars like Bette Midler, Richard Lewis and Judd Apatow, a piece about how the  musician influenced one...

  • Argentina’s president tweets: U.S. must include AMIA bombing in Iran talks

    October 1, 2013 | 10:07 am

    Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez on Twitter called on the United States to include the issue of the 1994 Buenos Aires AMIA Jewish center bombing in any bilateral talks with Iran.

    In 31 tweets posted Monday night from the president’s official Twitter account, Fernandez...

  • Cory Booker & Lynsie Lee – A Non Story

    By Ilana Angel

    September 26, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    I totally have a crush on Cory Booker. He is smart, funny, aware, charming, and handsome. As the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, he is admired and respected by many, and has a promising career in American politics.  People are trying to make...

  • Anthony Bourdain (Finally) Goes to Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    September 24, 2013 | 11:43 am

    This week I columnized about Anthony Bourdain's visit to Israel, which aired as an episode of his "Parts Unknown" series on CNN.

    Two years ago I wrote a column in the Jewish Journal urging Bourdain, the most articulate of all the food personalities on TV, to include Israel as...

  • Does Anyone Love LeAnn Rimes?

    By Ilana Angel

    September 22, 2013 | 8:18 pm

    This morning LeAnn Rimes had another meltdown on Twitter and it begs the question, does anyone love her?  She has fans of course, and they are loyal and devoted. She has a family, and one assumes they love her, but does anyone really love her? Today, as Twitter blew up with her...

  • ADL: Racism targeting new Miss America recalls Myerson’s treatment

    September 17, 2013 | 2:41 pm

    The bigotry facing the first Indian-American to become Miss America recalls the harsh treatment visited on Bess Myerson, the first Jewish woman to win the coveted crown, the Anti-Defamation League said.

    Nina Davuluri has faced racist messages on Twitter and other social media...

  • Rohani Twitter account wishes Jews a Shanah Tovah

    September 6, 2013 | 11:54 am

    A Twitter account believed to operate with the authorization of Iranian President Hassan Rohani wished Jews worldwide a Shanah Tovah.

    “As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah,” the tweet posted Wednesday said.

    ...
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Arab voice of Donald Duck tweets for Israel to be ‘demolished’

    August 6, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    An Egyptian radio host who identifies himself as the official voice of Donald Duck on Disney Middle East called on Twitter for Israel to be “demolished.”

    The discussion that began Sunday on the Twitter feed of Wael Mansour continued on Tuesday.

    “I truly wish #Israel is...

  • Netanyahu’s office says his attack on Rohani’s based on bad translation

    August 2, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office blamed an erroneous translation for his earlier call on westerners who believe Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani is a moderate to abandon their “illusion.”

    Netanyahu’s office late Friday removed from the Twitter social...

  • Why Huma Abedin stands by her man

    July 25, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Many New Yorkers, as the New York Times notes, are “baffled by the loyalty shown by Huma Abedin” to her transgressing spouse, Anthony Weiner.  I suspect, however, that for many first generation immigrants such as myself, especially those of us with Asian and South Asian roots, she...

  • 10 anti-Semitic twitter reactions to Ryan Braun’s suspension

    July 24, 2013 | 1:08 pm

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun on April 1. Photo by Darren Hauck/Reuters

    "Ryan Braun Jew" is a trending topic on Twitter this afternoon. We have compiled some of the results for you:

  • Ryan Braun’s Jewiness

    July 24, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    The news that “Hebrew Hammer” Ryan Braun has been suspended for using da juice while playing America’s favorite pastime apparently has riled up the Jew haters.

    The Jewish Journal has compiled a list of  “10 anti-Semitic twitter reactions to Ryan Braun’s suspension.” Here's...

  • Weiner acknowledges latest revealed lewd exchange

    July 23, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner acknowledged that he participated in a newly revealed, sexually explicit social media exchange.

    “I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,” Weiner, a former U.S. congressman, said Tuesday after The...

  • The shandah factor: What makes Jewish sex scandals different?

    July 23, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    The guy with the socks up. The guy with the pants down. The guy with the headlocks. The guy who tweets and deletes.

    What is it with these male politicos? And why are they all Jewish?

    The cloistered community that is Washington’s Jewish elite collectively choked a little...

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