22
Oct

How Hamas Tweets

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Operation Protective Edge once again showed that Israel’s battle against Hamas is often as fiercely fought on the field of public opinion as it is on the battleground, as the terror group works to bias the masses against the Jewish state through the media. Writing for Tablet, Aaron Magid looks at how Hamas sends three different messages (in three different languages – English, Arabic, and Hebrew) to the West, to the Arab Middle East, and to Israel:

With 91,400 followers and counting, al-Qassam’s Arabic Twitter page has built a substantial network. Mukhaimer Abu Saada, a professor of political science at Gaza’s Al-Azhar University, explained that Palestinians “felt that the Arab media was not paying enough attention to what was happening in Gaza because the Arab press was busy covering Syria, Iraq, and Libya.” The…

   
Posted in: Aaron Magid / Hamas / Israel
29
Sep

Shimon Peres Goes Job-Hunting

Israeli President Shimon Peres left office this July and was succeeded by Reuven Rivlin. Now the longtime Israeli politician and civil servant provides us all with some levity as he job-hunts in this charming video that even finds him pumping gas and doing stand-up comedy.

Posted in: humor / Israel / Reuven Rivlin
24
Sep

The Godfather’s Guide to the Middle East

(Photo: wikicommons)

(Photo: wikicommons)

We here at 4Zion are big film buffs, and one of our favorite series is Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. Writing at Tablet, the always great Lee Smith explains the current Middle East situation using characters and plot points from those classic movies:

What makes The Godfather movies central to American culture is not that they are so rich with rare jewels of wisdom and insight, but that they present a relatively accurate picture of the way the rest of the world still experiences reality. Or to put it another way, if most American males picture themselves as Michael, the talented, thoughtful yet ruthless former war hero, played by the brooding and beautiful 30-year-old Al Pacino, the world’s most dangerous spots are actually run by men much more like Santino, the eldest…

   
Posted in: Corleone / Francis Ford Coppola / Iraq
23
Sep

The Mossad Begins Online Recruitment

(Photo: wikicommons)

(Photo: wikicommons)

The Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, has long captivated the world as much with its secrecy as it has with its known exploits. But now the agency has taken a modern stance, The Times of Israel reports, and is looking for tomorrow’s agents online, with a new website and YouTube recruitment videos:

Israel’s legendary intelligence agency, long shrouded in mystery, is trying to give the future spymasters of tomorrow a hand in the recruitment process: On Monday, it announced the launch of a sleek new website in order to draw new candidates to its ranks.

The multilingual site, with tabs offering versions in Hebrew, English, Russian, Arabic, Persian, and French, directs potential agents to an application page and offers a series of inspirational Zionist quotes …

Well known in Israel and…

   
Posted in: intelligence / Israel / Mossad
22
Sep

College Student Survey: Israel Is “Most Crucial Issue” for Young Jews

(Photo: wikicommons/ א.ינאי)

(Photo: wikicommons/ א.ינאי)

A new survey of Jewish college students provides some interesting findings, including the importance of Israel and the Holocaust on one’s identity as a Jew:

Barry Kosmin and Ariela Keysar at the Trinity College Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture have released the preliminary findings of a survey of Jewish students on college campuses, New Voices reports.

Not surprisingly, the results point to similar trends as the Pew Research Center’s 2013 Portrait of Jewish Americans, but there are some significant differences that show how Jewish life in America is slowly changing, particularly among Millennials …

Sixty percent of college-aged students said that “remembering the Holocaust” was “very important” to being Jewish, whereas 73 percent of Pew respondents said it was…

   
Posted in: college life / Israel / Jewcy