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Why Danny Ayalon picked this Manchester teen to defend Israel

By Jessica Elgot, August 19, 2010

A former Manchester schoolgirl has been leading Facebook's biggest pro-Israel campaign, despite being the target of pro-Palestinian hackers.

The group caught the attention of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has given the campaigners the chance to conduct video interviews with government spokesman Mark Regev and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

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Analysis: No Abu Ghraib photoshoot, but we should all be very concerned

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 19, 2010

The Facebook photos of former IDF Sergeant Eden Abergil's army days drew an inevitable, though ridiculous, comparison this week with the depraved scenes of sexual abuse and torture carried out by American soldiers in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison.

But in many ways, the images of Abergil posing, smiling, with arrested Palestinian civilians bound and blindfolded in the close background, poses a more difficult and complex moral challenge for the IDF's commanders.

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IDF: Facebook army photos 'base and crude'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2010

The Israeli army has condemned a former soldier who posted photographs of herself with a blindfolded Palestinian on Facebook.

Eden Abergil has claimed she does not understand what she did wrong, but an IDF spokesman called her behaviour “base and crude”.

The spokesman added: "These actions are ugly and callous; details of the incident have been forwarded up the chain of command."

Israeli human rights organisations have also criticised Ms Abergil’s actions.

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Irish Facebook page: 'freaky' Jews with claws

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2010

A Facebook page set up in Ireland warning that Jews have really sharp claws has attracted nearly 400 supporters in less than a week.

A representative of Ireland’s Jewish community said the creation of the page, titled the invasion of Jews in Midleton, was “horrific” and “very sad”.

The page appeared on the popular social networking site after the “freaky” arrival of large numbers of strictly Orthodox Satmar Jews for a holiday in the small town of Midleton, near Cork.

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Glee for Jewish Don't Stop Believing finalists

By Robyn Rosen, July 29, 2010

A north London family have formed a band and beaten 8,000 competitors to reach the final stages of a new television talent show.

Parents Laurence, 57, and Bebe Jacobs, 55, and their three children Alex, 27, Avi, 24, and Shira, 21, will perform in front of a live audience on Channel 5's Don't Stop Believing on Sunday (August 1).

Presented by former Spice Girl Emma Bunton and judged by singers Anastacia and Duncan James from Blue, former EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite, and High School Musical choreographer Charles "Chucky" Klapow, the show is based on the popular US series Glee.

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Methodist set up Friends of Israel group

By Robyn Rosen, July 29, 2010

A Methodist preacher has set up a Methodist Friends of Israel group as a response to her church's call to boycott Israel.

Earlier this month the Methodist conference passed a report calling for a boycott of goods from "illegal" West Bank settlements, and for political lobbying to end Israel's occupation and the "siege of Gaza".

The decision was widely criticised and the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council said the church should "hang its head in shame".

Pam Smith, a preacher in Monmouth, South Wales, created a website and Facebook group to gain support for Israel.

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Facebook page promoted 'Auschwitz spa'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2010

A Facebook page advertising the “Auschwitz Spa” as a “slimming” place has been removed following complaints by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

The page, created by French-speaking users of the social networking site, encouraged people to “come visit our new spa centre at Auschwitz”, the death camp where the Nazis murdered more than 1.3 million people.

The creators had even added a heart icon at the end of the title.

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The Social Network: Sorkin's Facebook film

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2010
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The first look at the upcoming film about Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, starring Jesse Eisenberg. Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires, the film has been directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, the brains behind TV series the West Wing.

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EDL step up their Jewish recruitment

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2010

The English Defence League, the extreme right-wing anti-Islamic-fundamentalism group, has launched a "Jewish division", encouraging members of the community to "lead the counter-Jihad fight in England".

It has signed up hundreds of followers on Facebook since the launch last week. Supporters include an ex-Community Security Trust volunteer who claims "a lot of Jewish guys want to get stuck in".

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British Embassy in Israel joins Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2010

The British Embassy in Israel is now on Facebook.

The UK in Israel page already has 70 members and is growing.

Embassy staff are using the social networking site to provide information about current events, as well as posting links to YouTube videos and the latest photographs from the British Embassy in Tel Aviv.

The British Embassy also has 775 followers on Twitter.

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