Birthday focus on Gilad Shalit

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

British Jewry joined international efforts to highlight the plight of Gilad Shalit as the Israeli soldier's family marked his sixth birthday since his capture by Hamas.

Sergeant Shalit turned 25 on Sunday and the Board of Deputies wrote to other religious groups urging them to support efforts to secure his freedom.


Body of missing hiker found in Ecuador

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011

The body of a German Jewish backpacker has been found in a river in Ecuador more than a week after he went missing while on a hike.

Friends and family of Jonathan Simon, from Munich, launched an internet campaign to help with the search. More than 4,300 people joined a Facebook group, while alerts were posted on travel forums such as Trip Advisor.


Facebook: Holocaust denial pages can stay on site

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Facebook has refused to remove pages where internet users espouse Holocaust denial despite a plea from a group of Holocaust survivors.

Earlier this month 21 survivors of Nazi persecution signed a letter which was sent to Facebook, asking that Holocaust denial no longer be allowed as part of facebook's "free speech" policy.


Frum Facebook for the strictly kosher

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

If the film Social Network is anything to go by, one of the reasons Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg built his site was to help him meet women.

But seven years after Facebook started, another web developer has launched a site that does precisely the opposite.


The Man Without a Facebook: spoof trailer

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011
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Mark Zuckerberg's social networking site changed the world; but what about the one who got away?

Watch the clip for a take on life without Facebook, based on the 1993 Mel Gibosn film The Man Without a Face about a reclusive artist.


Israel spy Jonathan Pollard banned from father's funeral

By Anna Slater, June 20, 2011

A Facebook campaign to free Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard from a US prison apparently sent the White House switchboard into meltdown on Sunday.


Hamas supporters want to abduct wife for Gilad Shalit

By Anna Slater, June 17, 2011

Palestinian activists have set up a Facebook campaign to "abduct a partner for Shalit".

The page, set up earlier this week, calls for the capture of a female prisoner to use as bait so that the Israeli authorities will release Palestinian prisoners.

The group's profile photograph has been edited to show an Israeli soldier chained and held by an armed woman in a veil.


Israelis boycott costly cottage cheese

By Anna Slater, June 17, 2011

A group of Israelis have launched an online protest over the soaring price of cheese.

More than 75,000 people have joined a Facebook group called "Eight shekels for such a basic product? Don't buy cottage cheese for a month".

The price of cottage cheese has skyrocketed in the last few years and a 250g container is now sold in many supermarkets at £1.40.


Northern jobs drive

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 26, 2011

Young northern professionals are to have a one-stop-shop for job searching, finding a home and social activities via an expanding Leeds initiative.

Using Facebook, LinkedIn and iPhone, the Northern Network has been launched for 18-to-35-year-olds in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Hull.


G8 urge substantive Israeli-Palestinian talks

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

The leaders of the G8 countries have released a draft communiqué calling for the immediate resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.