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People of the Facebook?

Aug 10, 2012 at 08:02:25 AM

A few months ago, Israeli President Shimon Peres got some backlash when he launched his own Facebook page under the banner:

"We used to be the people of the Book. Now we're the people of the Facebook."

This cartoon is a good rejoinder:


Shimon Peres Launches Facebook Page

Mar 9, 2012 at 07:24:32 AM

Israeli President Shimon Peres has launched a Facebook page - and got Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to be his first "friend." Zuckerberg told Peres: "I would love to visit Israel and be your guest."

Peres also met with the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, and for 40 minutes answered questions of surfers from around the world and also from Facebook employees. Watch here.

Peres' page features a video of Peres in mashup mode, dancing with robots and surfing an iPad, calling on citizens of the world to unite for world peace. Peres says he hopes the message will reach "citizens of Iran, Syria and the Arab world."

Shimon Peres may be 88 years old, but he continues to reinvent himself in the modern world. He is well-known to have encouraged Shai Agassi to start the Better Place electric car company.

What do you think of the Shimon Peres mashup video? Is it presidential and cool?

Visitor Comments: 1

(1) YoJewMama, March 21, 2012 12:18 PM


He makes some comment on the video about Facebook being a better "book" than the Books of the Jews. Feh.


Fauxtography on Facebook

Feb 3, 2012 at 04:37:00 AM

Here's a classic in the annals of fauxtography:

A photo has been hurtling through cyberspace (via Facebook, natch), showing an "Israeli soldier" ostensibly pointing his rifle at a little Palestinian girl, while digging his boot into her chest.

Alert media monitors noted that the soldier depicted in the photo could not possibly be Israeli, as the rifle is an AK-47 (the IDF uses M16 and M4 weapons), and both the boots and pants do not match IDF uniforms.

So where did the libelous photo originate? At an anti-Israeli "street theater" exhibition in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain. Here's the uncropped image:

Of course, none of this is new. As an film documents, Facebook is filled with anti-Israel imagery.

As I demonstrate in my new book, David & Goliath, there is a cottage industry ― affectionately known as Pallywood ― dedicated to producing pro-Palestinian images. When Palestinian officials alleged that Israel was using radioactive uranium and nerve gas against civilians, official PA television broadcast fake "news footage" of "victims" plagued by vomiting and convulsions. Another clip from state-run Palestinian TV used actors to depict Israeli soldiers "raping and murdering" a Palestinian girl in front of her horrified parents.

And then there's the time that Palestinian actors staged a "funeral" for unsuspecting journalists. This Pallywood production ― secretly videotaped by an Israeli drone ― shows a man walking over to a stretcher, lying down, being wrapped in a shroud, and being carried in the "funeral procession." When the "dead body" falls off the stretcher, he stands up and climbs back on. And when the "corpse" is dropped a second time, he stomps off angrily ― apparently regarding his own funeral as too dangerous to his health.

And now we have the Bahrain photo ― just another salvo in the Israeli-Arab cyber war. If you ever doubted how fast things spread through the Internet, click on this link to Google images (mouse over the images to see what website they're posted on).