Alan Dershowitz to help WikiLeaks' lawyers fight Twitter case

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

Harvard law professor and civil rights advocate Alan Dershowitz is to offer his legal expertise to WikiLeaks.

According to a WikiLeaks press release, he will be working with British QC Geoffrey Robertson, head of Julian Assange’s UK legal team.

Professor Dershowitz, who has represented a number of high profile clients including OJ Simpson, is one of the academic world’s most prominent supporters of Israel. His 2003 book on Israel’s history and politics, The Case for Israel, was a bestseller.


William Hague: Israel and Middle East, not one or other

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2011

William Hague has said that Britain wants to have a good relationship with Israel, irrespective of this country’s links with countries in the region.

The Foreign Secretary, responding to questions put to him on Twitter, said: “We want strong relations with Israel as well as with other countries in the Middle East - it is not one or the other.”


Teen on Twitter for Holocaust memorial campaign

January 13, 2011

A Hendon teenager whose grandmother survived Auschwitz is running a campaign on Twitter to educate his peers about the Holocaust.

Josh Zietcer, 14, is asking followers to complete the sentence: "It is important to remember the Holocaust because…"

He hopes to attract several hundred responses to his "Memorial Project" by Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.

The Haberdasher's Aske's pupil was motivated by his grandmother Marlene Altmann telling him about her time in the death camp.


Hall of Fame: Lord Sugar

January 12, 2011

"Don’t bet on this but if I did the first thing I would do is circumcise [Piers] Morgan."


Ashton Kutcher tweets about Israeli conference

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2010

Hollywood couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are back in Israel.

It is the second trip to the country in three months for Mr Kutcher.

The pair, who are followers of Kabbalah, have been the subject of rumours about his alleged infidelity and the breakdown of their marriage.

But Mr Kutcher, who has nearly six million followers on his Twitter account, said on Twitter: “Sharing Love & Light while in Israel.”


Chavez talks antisemitism and hugs a Jew

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2010

Hugo Chavez has met representatives of the Venezuelan Jewish community to discuss antisemitism in the national media – and ended the conversation with a hug.

Following the meeting with the Venezuelan Confederation of Israelite Associations, Mr Chavez wrote on Twitter that it had been “an extraordinary meeting”.

He added: “We finished the meeting embracing and praying for peace".


'Israel' Twitter sold for less than claimed

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

A man who was believed to have sold the Twitter username @Israel for a six-figure sum did not receive that amount, according to the Israeli government.

Israel Meléndez, a Spaniard who runs an adult entertainment website in Miami, had boasted of high earnings from the sale of the account last month to the Israeli foreign ministry.

But an MFA spokesman told The Jerusalem Post that although Mr Meléndez asked for a six-figure-sum he was only paid $3,000 (£1,900).


Twitter user sells name Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

A Miami man claims to have sold the Twitter username @Israel for a reported six-figure amount.

Israel Meléndez, who is originally from Spain, created the account in 2007 when Twitter was a fledgling company. However abusive messages were sent to the account and he stopped using it regularly.

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper Público, Mr Meléndez said that the Israeli government had asked to buy the name from him.

The Israeli foreign ministry, which was operating as @israelMFA, became @israel last month.

Mr Meléndez said: “I had not used it at all for months.”


Reports of Sharon's death exaggerated on Twitter

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

Ariel Sharon has not died, despite what Twitter users might have heard.

The former Israeli prime minister’s demise was reported on the social networking site last week.

The news was so widely circulated that a spokesman from Sheba Medical Centre had to make a public statement denying the rumours.

Mr Sharon was hospitalised in January 2006 with a stroke and has been in a coma ever since.

According to Ha’aretz, the majority of the Tweets came from Arab countries or Iranian or Palestinian users.


Melanie’s poor tweetment

By Robyn Rosen, August 6, 2010

We were all a bit shocked on Thursday when it appeared columnist Melanie Phillips had set up a Twitter account and even more surprised when by Monday she had more than 800 followers and had tweeted more than 200 messages.