Debt-ridden Kanye West pleads to Facebook’s Zuckerberg: Invest $1B in me


Kanye West in a Twitter plea asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1 billion in his “ideas,” claiming he is tens of millions in debt.

West tweeted early Sunday, minutes before taking the stage to perform on “Saturday Night Live.” The musical artist said he was “53 million dollars in personal debt.”

West released his new album, “The Life of Pablo,” following his “SNL” performance.

In a subsequent tweet, West said Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, should provide the support “after realizing he is the greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time.” The musician also later called on his supporters to reach out to Zuckerberg: “World, please tweet, FaceTime, Facebook, instagram, whatever you gotta do to get Mark to support me …”

“Mark, I am publicly asking you for help …,” West tweeted, adding in another tweet: “one of the coolest things you could ever do is to help me in my time of need.”

West also hedged his bets.

“hey Larry Page I’m down for your help too …,” he said in a tweet meant for the Jewish co-founder of Google.

White House: Tweet by Israeli gov’t minister’s wife ‘revealing’


A racist tweet mocking President Barack Obama posted by the wife of an Israeli government minister was “revealing,” the White House spokesman said.

“I think if there’s one thing we’ve certainly learned from this incident — it’s not the only time we’ve learned this — but that on Twitter you’re limited to 140 characters, but it still has a capacity to be quite revealing,” Josh Earnest said Monday after Judy Nir-Mozes, an Israeli talk-show host and wife of Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, had apologized for her Twitter post of the day before.

Earnest, speaking at the daily briefing for reporters, did not elaborate on “quite revealing.”Mozes had tweeted, “Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak.”

After deleting the tweet, Mozes posted, “I apologize, that was a stupid joke somebody told me.”

A second apology posted a half hour later was directed at the U.S. leader: “President Obama I shouldnt have written the inappropriate joke I heard. I like people no matter about their race and religion.”

Shalom, of the Likud Party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also is a vice prime minister.

The brouhaha comes as tensions between Netanyahu and Obama are again in the headlines because of a tell-all autobiography published this week by Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to Washington from 2009 to 2013 and now a Knesset member in Netanyahu’s ruling coalition.

The book, “Ally,” has come under fire for inaccuracies — known and alleged — and for Oren’s speculation that Obama was trying to appease the Muslim world in part because he had been “abandoned” by his Muslim father and stepfather.

Earnest told reporters that the White House was not concerned about Oren’s book.

“I think in the case of Ambassador Oren, I think it’s pretty clear we’re just talking about another politician trying to sell books,” he said. “So I’m not particularly concerned about that.”

Sarah Silverman tweets support for Israel’s Meretz party


American comedian Sarah Silverman called on Israeli voters to cast their ballots for the left-wing Meretz party.

Silverman tweeted her appeal early Wednesday.

“ISRAEL! If you are a Meretz supporter you NEED to VOTE MARCH 17. Every vote counts. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain,” she tweeted.

Silverman also backed Meretz in a tweet in November 2012, in advance of the January 2013 elections.

Silverman’s sister, Rabbi Susan Silverman, who lives in Israel, reportedly is No. 20 on the Meretz candidates list, which is not a realistic position to garner a seat in the Knesset. Meretz head Zahava Gal-On reportedly is a friend of the rabbi, according to Israeli media.

On Tuesday, Meretz launched a new campaign in which the party acknowledged that it might not receive enough votes to pass the election threshold for Knesset representation.  Parties must garner at least four seats in order to be part of the parliament. Meretz is said to be losing votes to the new Zionist Union collaboration of the Labor Party and Hatnuah.

Rihanna tweets and deletes #FreePalestine: A new trend?


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.

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


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 to meet his wife and daughter near closing time when shoppers streamed through the doors shouting that there was a shooter in the mall.

Boteach ran with his children to safety, then called his wife to learn that they were holed up in a storage closest in one of the stores.

“Terror here at garden state mall in NJ and I know people inside. I left with my kids and now outside. Please pray,” Boteach tweeted. He did not indicate that his wife and daughter were among those inside until they were rescued.

Boteach’s wife and daughter were evacuated by a SWAT team about 90 minutes after the shooting began.

The gunman, identified as Richard Shoop, 20, of Teaneck, N.J., entered the mall just before 9:30 p.m. and fired his rifle at random targets, according to officials.

Shoop’s body was found early Tuesday morning in a storage area in the vast mall, which is located about 15 miles from New York City. State officials said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He reportedly had shot in the air and told mall patrons that he did not want to hurt anyone.

In a personal essay written after the incident, Boteach said that newly elected U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, a close friend, called as his wife was being rescued to inquire about her well-being.  Boteach had texted the New Jersey senator to inform him of the standoff.

“Still can’t sleep. have given up trying,” Boteach tweeted several hours after the incident.

There will be an ‘Entourage’ movie!


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 the boys finally getting paid as much as Jeremy Piven, who plays the sharky Jewish studio head Ari Gold? That issue had been the main hold up.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, production should begin in January. Let’s hope they stick to that schedule — and that it turns out better than Piven’s bar mitzvah comedy “Keeping Up with the Steins.”

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


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 also mentioned the pressure she feels from U.S. Jewish organizations about the AMIA case and complained that the focus of the U.S government in bilateral talks is only on Iran’s nuclear program.

Fernandez does not refer to any Jewish organizations by name.

“Perhaps the AMIA bombing, the case about which every American Jewish organization always asks the Argentine government, was mentioned?” she asks rhetorically on the social networking site.

Fernandez was referring to last week’s phone call between President Obama and the newly elected Iranian leader, Hassan Rouhani.

“Was the AMIA case ever mentioned?” she tweeted to her 2.36 million followers. “Not at all.”

Fernandez criticized the media for its “double standard” about the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Argentina and Iran to jointly investigate the AMIA attack, which killed 85 and wounded 300.

“They say (the agreement) is historic only if the one talking with Iran is the U.S.,” she tweeted.

The president added, “The U.S. and other world powers should include AMIA. We hope we’ll be listened to.”

Rohani Twitter account wishes Jews a Shanah Tovah


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.

The office of the recently elected Iranian president has not denied that the account, @HassanRouhani, is his and it is believed that it would not persist without his approval.

Rohani was elected this year as a relative moderate ostensibly willing to make Iran’s nuclear program more transparent, but resisting calls by Western states and Israel to reduce Iran’s uranium enrichment.

He had during the election decried his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s broadsides against Jews as “hate rhetoric.”

Iranian Jews now number less than 10,000, although the ancient community was at one time the largest in the Middle East.

The tweet was accompanied by a 2011 photo of an Iranian Jew praying at Tehran Synagogue.

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Kardashian, Murdoch slammed for tweets involving Israel


Reality star Kim Kardashian apologized for tweeting about the Gaza conflict, and media mogul Rupert Murdoch slammed the “Jewish-owned media” for its “anti-Israel coverage” in a tweet. 

At the same time, Twitter suspended three accounts held by an Orthodox Jew from New York after he tweeted an offensive anti-Obama cartoon from one of them.

Kardashian apologized after two tweets in which she first told her followers she was “Praying for everyone in Israel,” and then tweeted that she was “Praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!”

Kardashian later deleted both tweets and issued an apology: “(A)fter hearing from my followers, I decided to take down the tweets because I realized that some people were offended and hurt by what I said, and for that I apologize,” the statement, published on her blog, said in part.

The statement continued: “I should have pointed out my intentions behind these tweets when I posted them. The fact is that regardless of religion and political beliefs, there are countless innocent people involved who didn’t choose this, and I pray for all of them and also for a resolution. I also pray for all the other people around the world who are caught in similar crossfires,”

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Saturday blasted what he called the “Jewish-owned press” for their “anti-Israel” coverage.

“Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti- Israel in every crisis?” tweeted Murdoch, who has positioned himself as a supporter of Israel.

In a second tweet he added: “Middle East ready to boil over any day. Israel position precarious. Meanwhile watch CNN and AP bias to point of embarrassment.”

Meanwhile, Twitter late last week suspended three accounts held by Benjamin Reisman, 25, of New York City, The Daily Caller reported.

The suspensions came after Reisman tweeted a cartoon which graphically showed an arm reading Obama plunging a bloody knife into a man's back, which depicted an Israeli flag.  “Don’t worry Israel, Obama has your back,” Reisman tweeted last week, linking to the image.

Twitter did not warn Reisman that it was suspending his accounts, and would not tell the Daily Caller whether the cartoon was the reason for the suspension.

The suspended accounts were called @RealGazaPeace, @RealGazaPeace1 and @GazaRealStory.

The Daily Caller reported that at least 12 other Twitter accounts tweeted the cartoon, but were not suspended.

Reisman also pointed out that tweets reading “Death to Jews” and other equally offensive tweets have not led to the suspension of those Twitter accounts. He said three of his four grandparents were interned in Nazi concentration camps.

IDF live-tweeting Gaza offensive



Jason Alexander’s anti-gun tweet makes waves


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Ex-congressman Weiner mulling N.Y. mayoral campaign


Former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner reportedly is “seriously considering” running for mayor of New York.

Sources told the New York Post that Weiner is “desperate” to get back into politics and also would consider a lesser statewide office, such as public advocate.

He reportedly has $4.5 million in a campaign fund from previous mayoral runs and would qualify for matching funds on the money only through the 2013 election.

Weiner reportedly has spoken to former staff members about working for him again, according to the Post, and continues to pay rent on a campaign office in Manhattan.

The veteran Democratic lawmaker resigned from Congress in June 2011 after lying about tweeting an illicit photo of himself to a 21-year-old supporter. Since then he has been a stay-at-home father.

His return to politics reportedly has the backing of his wife, Huma Abedin, a senior aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the Post.

Remove guest tweeter, head of Swedish Jewish community says


The president of Sweden’s Jewish communities said the country’s tourism agency should replace this week’s guest operator of the national Twitter account.

The operator, Sonja Abrahamsson, during her stint on @Sweden has caused a stir with some references she made about Jews. She offered a crude comment about how to identify Jewish men and said it was difficult to tell Jews apart from non-Jews.

“This woman’s tweets are more stupid than anti-Semitic,” Lena Posner-Korosi, president of the Council of Swedish Jewish Communities, told JTA on Thursday. “What is disconcerting is that VisitSweden has not terminated Abrahamsson’s stint even after her silly remarks. Letting Abrahamsson tweet for all of us will not make Sweden appear more attractive.”

Abrahammson, 27, is a guest tweeter for VisitSweden, a government-owned corporation; the guests change every week. The corporation hopes to make Sweden more attractive abroad by having ordinary Swedes write short messages on Twitter.

An employee of VisitSweden said Thursday that no one from the corporation was available for comment on the matter.

Abrahammson’s tweets on Jews began Tuesday when she discussed how to identify a Jewish male. She then wrote, “In nazi German they even had to sew stars on their sleeves. If they didn’t, they could never now who was a jew and who was not a jew.”

“Once I asked a co-worker what a jew is. He was ‘part jew,’ whatever that means. He’s like ‘uuuuh … jews are.. uh.. well educated..?” she wrote and mentioned that she grew up in a place with no Jews. Abrahamsson then apologized if her words were seen as offensive and said she didn’t understand why people hated Jews.

Tommy Sollen, social media manager at VisitSweden, told The Wall Street Journal that the tourism agency would not interrupt Abrahamsson’s stint as national tweeter.

Palestinian official in Canada apologizes for offensive tweet


The Palestinian envoy in Ottowa has apologized for tweeting a link to a video that was deemed offensive to Jews.

“I regret the unfortunate incident and it was a retweet unintentional and very unfortunate,” Linda Sobeh Ali, the charge d’affaires of the Palestinian delegation in Ottawa, said in a statement released Tuesday, the CBC reported.

Ali, who reportedly has agreed to be reassigned, also said that the incident was “intentionally magnified and misinterpreted by certain lobbying groups.”

Officials in the foreign affairs department called in Ali for an official rebuke. Ottawa also has lodged a formal complaint with the Palestinian Authority, and has decided to “limit communication” with Ali until a replacement arrives, The Globe and Mail newspaper reported Tuesday.

Earlier this month, the Globe reported, Ali tweeted a link to a YouTube video showing a Palestinian girl in tears reciting a poem in Arabic. The English subtitles on the video include a passage in which millions are called “to a war that raze[s] the injustice and oppression and destroy[s] the Jews.”

In an e-mail to the newspaper, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said that “Canada expects the Palestinian Authority to appropriately deal with this serious transgression. We have taken the decision to limit communication with this official until a replacement is selected.”

Salah Basalamah of the University of Ottawa’s School of Translation and Interpretation said the English subtitle of “to a war that raze[s] the injustice and oppression and destroy[s] the Jews” is a mistranslation of the Arabic. Basalamah said the correct translation is “to a war that is destroying oppression and kill[s] the soul of Zionism.”

But Shimon Fogel, chief executive officer of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, who sent Ali’s video tweet to Baird’s office, said both versions are unfit to be circulated by a Palestinian diplomat. Fogel said he “doesn’t see a difference” between the two versions because calling for the destruction of Zionism is a denial of Israel’s right to exist.

Canada rebukes Palestinian official for offensive tweet


The Canadian government wants to send the Palestinian envoy in Ottawa packing after she tweeted a link to a video that was deemed offensive to Jews.

The Globe and Mail newspaper reported Tuesday that Linda Sobeh Ali, the charge d’affaires of the Palestinian delegation in Ottawa, was called in by officials in the foreign affairs department for an official rebuke. Ottawa also has lodged a formal complaint with the Palestinian Authority, and has decided to “limit communication” with Ali until a replacement arrives.

Earlier this month, the Globe reported, Ali tweeted a link to a YouTube video showing a Palestinian girl in tears reciting a poem in Arabic. The English subtitles on the video include a passage in which millions are called “to a war that raze[s] the injustice and oppression and destroy[s] the Jews.”

In an e-mail to the newspaper, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said “Canada expects the Palestinian Authority to appropriately deal with this serious transgression. We have taken the decision to limit communication with this official until a replacement is selected.”

Salah Basalamah of the University of Ottawa’s School of Translation and Interpretation said the English subtitle of “to a war that raze[s] the injustice and oppression and destroy[s] the Jews” is a mistranslation of the Arabic. Basalamah said the correct translation is “to a war that is destroying oppression and kill[s] the soul of Zionism.”

But Shimon Fogel, chief executive officer of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, who sent Ali’s video tweet to Baird’s office, said both versions are unfit to be circulated by a Palestinian diplomat. Fogel said he “doesn’t see a difference” between the two versions because calling for the destruction of Zionism is a denial of Israel’s right to exist.

‘Google Exodus’ tells the Passover tale via tweets, Facebook [VIDEO]


What would the Exodus have looked like online?

That’s the premise behind “Google Exodus,” a two-minute video that tells the Passover story using social media.

In the video, which has gone viral with more than 1 million page views since being uploaded March 31 onto YouTube, God Skypes Moses, Moses finds Pharoah’s palace using Google maps, and he and Pharaoh engage in a heated e-mail exchange about letting the Jewish people go. Moses orders live frogs and other plagues on Amazon.com, and he tweets his success to the Israelites via Twitter.

“We view this film as a natural extension of what we do, which is to reach out to Jews of every background using modern tools,” said Nechemia Coopersmith, the Jerusalem-based chief editor of Aish.com, part of the three-man team that produced the video. “We wanted to take all the social media tools—Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo.answers, Google street view, Skype—and weave them into the story of the Exodus.”

Aish.com is the website of Aish HaTorah, a Jerusalem-based Jewish educational and outreach organization with branches around the world.

The video opens with a CNN news alert: “Pharoah Enslaves Jews.” As Pharaoh and Moses trade messages via gmail and iPhones—Moses’ “Let my people go!” is met with Pharaoh’s “No way!”—the lead-up to the plagues begins.

“My staff just turned into a snake! Cool,” writes Moses, updating his status on Facebook. Later, a YouTube video shows a plague of locusts descending on a field.

Story continues after the jump.

Video Courtesy of AishVideo.

When the Jews leave Egypt and reach the Red Sea, viewers get up close and personal as the waves part when Google maps zooms in for a “street view.” The scene is of Charlton Heston in “The Ten Commandments.”

“Google Exodus” is proving a huge hit, steering a tremendous amount of web traffic to Aish’s Hebrew and English websites. The video also was released in Spanish on the organization’s Spanish-language website. This week, the video ranked fourth on the UK Guardian’s Viral Video Chart.

“With Passover coming up, this film is a fun way to reach people who might otherwise not be interested,” Shraga Simmons, senior editor of Aish.com and a member of the production team, told JTA. ” ‘Google Exodus’ enables us to communicate Jewish values in a language that everyone can understand. And the cool thing is that it is spreading via the same web tools featured in the video.”

If Christianity evolved out of Judaism, this Exodus video was inspired by the birth of Jesus—specifically a Christian video released last December called “Digital Story of the Nativity,” which narrates the baby-in-the-manger tale using the same social media tools employed by the Aish.com team.

The big difference?

“Google Exodus” uses a jazzy orchestral version of the Passover seder song “Dayenu,” while Digital Jesus rocks along to “Jingle Bells.”

Coopersmith says the Nativity video was itself inspired by a popular Google ad that aired during the 2010 Super Bowl telling the story of a Parisian-American love affair conducted via Google tools.

That ad only used Google, Coopersmith said, whereas “we wanted to expand and use every social media tool possible.”

The Aish team is now busy on its next project: a social media-rich video for Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. It should be up on Aish.com a week before the May 9 holiday, Aish officials said.

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