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Bubby’s Version of Instagram – Now Up for Auction in Israel

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Long before we had Instagram to share the real-time details of our travels, postcards were the only affordable way of sending home a slice of our adventures.

Taken in techno-color and designed to make the most mundane location seem exotic, postcards were a fun way to share our vacation with our friends or family while we were away. Given the advances in technology, postcards should have gone the way of the rotary phone and cassette tape.

But, just as vinyl records managed to become retro, collectible and a hipster source of pride, postcards are not only still in the communication game, but are also collectibles.

On sale now at Kedem, the premier auction house for Judaica and Israeli culture, are multiple postcards from pre-Independence Israel. From full color Rosh Hashanah cards to black and white cards of children learning in Cheder, they are auctioning off postcards that are worth a second glance. Postcards can’t go viral, but do help you share memorable moments.  Yes, postcards were your grandmother’s Facebook.

It’s hard to imagine that our Facebook feeds will be worth much money in the future. But, like vinyl records, postcards have developed a currency as collectibles. In a previous Kedem Auction, one of the official postcards from the 13th Zionist Congress in 1923 sold for $344.

Hermon Mountain Postcard

Hermon Mountain Postcard

With thousands of dollars of postcards in his collection, postcard collector Stewart Cohen explained the fascination, “Some people just like collecting things. I specialize in postcards with Jewish content.” For Cohen collecting postcards is a way to connect to his Jewish identity. “For someone who collects baseball cards the thrill is in finding the full set. For me, it’s preserving a piece of our Jewish heritage. I have cards from Auschwitz, ones that show the face of anti-Semitism and many from synagogues around the world.”

The value of postcards goes up with age and rarity. Meron Eren, co-founder of Kedem, explained that both age and condition make a difference to the worth of antique postcards. “Collectors are interested in finding something rare, or that has specific sentimental value. Someone might pay more for a postcard that has some personal connection even if it does not have large resale value.”

Postcards might have value as collectables but what about current postcards? Like many places of interest, the Israel Museum shop still does brisk business in postcards. Shop manager Shloimi Miller explained, “People still like postcards. They are a nice memento of a visit and often are taken in much better quality than would be possible with a private camera.”

Hotels in Israel Postcard

Hotels in Israel Postcard

You’re still sure that your Instagram pictures are better than any postcard? You can always download that Postagram app, which will transform your Facebook and Instagram pictures into postcards, and mail it to your destination for you.

So now, make Bubby’s day. Send her a postcard to show that you love her. You never know; maybe one day your great- grandkids will be selling it for big bucks.

For more information about any of the collectable postcards on sale at Kedem (or to sell your own antiques) see www.kedem-auctions.com The Postagram app can be found at https://sincerely.com/postagram

Humorous Postcard

Humorous Postcard

Rachel Gross

Arab MK Maligns the Dying Shimon Peres

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

MK Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List) on Wednesday uploaded on his Facebook page a “Proactive post,” as he himself called it, about the true feelings of Israeli Arabs about former President Shimon Peres, who is in hospital in “serious but stable condition.”

Ghattas wrote: “Is Shimon Peres getting to his inevitable end? We can’t know for sure, the man has seven lives, but he is undoubtedly on his last life at that.

“We should note that Peres was one of the strongest pillars of the Zionist colonial settlement project, and the harshest and most extreme, inflicting the longest-lasting damages on the Palestinian people and the Arab people.

“But Shimon Peres succeeded, in spite of all those qualities, in portraying himself as a dove of peace, even to get the Nobel Peace Prize, which he could never have achieved without our direct and indirect, intentional and unintentional help, which we offered him throughout his life.

“Let us at least in his death remember his essence as a tyrant, who administered the war crimes committed against us. Peres is covered from head to toe in our blood, and so we don’t hasten to contribute to the collective tribal festival of grief and loss.”

JNi.Media

Israel and Facebook to Work Against Social Media Based Terrorism

Monday, September 12th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan met with the international directors of Facebook Monday to discuss rampant incitement on the social network.

“Israel is at the forefront of combating terrorism on all fronts, including the internet front,” said Shaked. “In my view, Facebook and other social networks can do much more in the war against incitement.”

The two Israeli ministers traveled to the United States and met with Joel Kaplan, Vice President of Public Policy and Monika Bickert, head of the Global Policy department at Facebook.

Erdan and Shaked discussed the widespread use of the social network to motivate and encourage terrorist activity, stressing that the latest wave of terror attacks known as “lone-wolf” attacks was directly connected to online incitement. The ministers asked the Facebook management team to remove incitement-filled material within 24 hours of its publication, similar to the website’s policy in European Union countries.

According to a spokesperson with the Ministry of Public Security, the sides agreed to establish task forces to collaborate on combating the proliferation of incitement on social media.

Facebook previously commented to Tazpit Press Service that the company “wants people to feel safe when using Facebook. There is no place for content encouraging violence, direct threats, terrorism or hate speech on Facebook.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Netanyahu Marks 15 Years After 9/11, Welcomes Facebook Delegation to Israel [video]

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 Al Qaeda attack on America, with a special opening statement at Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting.

“Our memories are long,” the prime minister said, “our determination is boundless.

“Civilized societies must band together to defeat these forces of darkness, and I’m sure we will,” he said.

Netanyahu also said the fight against terrorism is being waged on the social media networks, and noted that a senior delegation from Facebook is currently in Israel.

“The goal here is to improve cooperation against incitement… to terror and murder on the social network,” he said.

“The internet has brought considerable blessing to humanity, but folded within it – to our regret – is also a curse, because terrorists and inciters are using the internet to attack mankind,” he pointed out.

There have been mixed results from past efforts to stymie publicity gambits by terrorist groups, anti-Semitic and BDS hate groups on the Facebook social media site, along with successful ploys by those entities to kick off pro-Israel advocates and support groups.

Netanyahu said Israel would fight these phenomena. “Therefore I welcome the cooperation, or at least the desire for cooperation, that Facebook is showing, and we hope that these will lead to better results,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

SpaceX Rocket Blows Up, Taking Israeli Amos-6 Satellite With It [video]

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was scheduled to carry an Amos 6 communications satellite for the Israeli company Spacecom on Saturday exploded on the Cape Canaveral launch pad at 9:07 (EST) Thursday morning, destroying the satellite as well.

The Amos 6 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

The Amos 6 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket. Courtesy: SpaceX

The company said the launch pad was clear and no one was injured in the accident, adding in a statement: “SpaceX can confirm that in preparation for today’s standard pre-launch static fire test, there was an anomaly on the pad resulting in loss of the vehicle and its payload.”

Spacecom Satellite Communications Ltd is being acquired by Beijing Xinwei Technology Group for $285 million. According to industry media reports, the transaction’s terms were pending on the successful entry into service of Spacecom’s Amos-6 telecommunications satellite, built by Israel Aerospace Industries and scheduled for launch Saturday, Sept. 3, aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Israeli scientists developing AMOS-6 satellite.

Israeli scientists developing the AMOS-6 satellite.

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, a.k.a. SpaceX, is owned by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, who also owns the electric car company Tesla.

Spacecom, developed the Amos-6 satellite for Facebook and the French satellite provider, Eutelsat, in a venture intended to supply free Internet to millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

The project is part of Facebook’s Internet.org non-for-profit initiative of providing affordable or free Internet to countries with limited or no access to what founder, Mark Zuckerberg describes as “the knowledge economy.”

AMOS-6 was designed to be able to cover the Middle East, Central East Europe and much of Africa.

 

 

Content by Alexander J. Apfel/TPS was used in this report.

David Israel

Philly Jewish Woman Painting Flowers Over Swastikas

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Esther Cohen-Eskin, a Jewish resident of suburban Philadelphia, a week ago, August 19 at 9:39 AM filed this on her Facebook page:

“I walked outside this morning to take out the trash, and on my can someone spray painted a swastika. We have lived here for almost 20 years. I have happily raised my kids and celebrated the openness and safety of this town. I am so saddened by this occurrence. The fact that someone, in 2016, can actually have that kind of hatred and target it at me and my family makes me angry and sad for the ignorant, absurdly uninformed, uneducated asshole that felt it necessary to express his/her thoughts in this way.

“If anyone reading this has any information on who may have done this, or any other similar experiences in the area, please let me know. It’s time to put up cameras. Today.”

But on August 19 at 4:03 PM, Cohen-Eskin wrote this:

“Early this morning or late last night someone targeted me and my family by painting a swastika on our trash can. I was mad, scared and angry, and then our fellow neighbor and one of my dearest friends said, ‘Nothing conquers hate more than love.’ So I am asking you, in this neighborhood, (and beyond if you want to share), paint something positive on your trashcan! We can, in our little way, turn this symbol of hate into something beautiful. A flower, a peace sign, an animal, a doodle… anything your imagination can come up with. The only criteria is to start with this negative symbol, the swastika, and make it positive. Tag me in the photo or PM me after you create your masterpiece. I think when we all put our positivity forward it will make the fear and anger from this action transform into something that will be beautiful.

“Thanks in advance!”

Then she went ahead and painted a big, beautiful flower on her garbage can’s swastika.

JNi.Media

Australian Jewish College Director Suing over Claims She Pressured Abuse Victims Not to Complain

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Nechama Bendet, a former general manager of Yeshivas Oholei Yosef Yitzchok Lubavitch, a.k.a. Yeshivah College, in Melbourne, Australia, is suing for libel a Facebook user who has accused her of pressuring child sex abuse victims not to complain to police, the Herald Sun reported Monday.

Bendet submitted a writ to the Supreme Court seeking damages for five Facebook posts by Bruce Cooke, whom she called a “vocal member of the Jewish community.” Cooke’s Facebook page is extensive, and much of it deals with the Lubavitch institutions in Melbourne and Sydney and the way they are being run (he is critical of the movement’s wholesale “McDonald’s approach” to opening new franchises, for instance).

Bendet, serving nowadays as the Yeshiva College’s director of development, is accusing Cooke of suggesting she attempted to ostracize two victims of the sex abuse scandal the school was mired in by calling them “moisrim” (snitches) because they had complained to police, in an attempt to discourage them from pursuing their complaints. In earlier centuries, a “moiser” would often be found with his throat slit near the river, so the accusation can be quite potent.

According to the Herald Sun, Bendet told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse that after a former Yeshivah guard had been charged with child sex abuse, her school never entertained a cover-up. Instead the school sought advice from Robert Richter, QC, a prominent Australian barrister, regarding public relations and dealing with the victims.

But, According to Bendet, Cooke’s Facebook posts have been accusing Her of knowing about the abuse and not reporting it, of trying to keep others from complaining, and even of engaging in criminal conduct in an attempt to bury the scandal. Bendet also complained that Cooke had accused her of intimidating staff at the Yeshivah as well as at Beth Rivkah Ladies College.

Bendet is also seeking a permanent injunction restraining Cook from repeating his accusations.

According to Cooke’s attorney, the Facebook maverick is relishing his day in court and is planning to defend the case.

Back on February 11, 2015, the Australian ABC network reported on Nechama Bendet’s testimony to the Royal Commission that day, admitting it was a mistake that Yeshivah College had never apologized directly to Manny Waks, a student who had been sexually abused by a guard:

Victim’s Attorney Melinda Richards: Do you acknowledge, Mrs Bendet, that Manny Waks did nothing wrong by going to the police…

Nechama Bendet: Absolutely.

Melinda Richards: …in 1996…

Nechama Bendet: Absolutely.

Melinda Richards: And again in 2011?

Nechama Bendet: Absolutely.

Melinda Richards: Do you acknowledge that he has done nothing wrong by speaking publicly about his abuse?

Nechama Bendet: Yes.

Melinda Richards: And you would agree that he has in fact done a great deal of good by speaking publically about his abuse?

Nechama Bendet: Yes.

Melinda Richards: Do you agree that his parents have done nothing wrong by supporting him in going to the police and speaking publicly about his abuse?

Nechama Bendet: Yes.

Melinda Richards: And his broader family have done nothing wrong and are not to be blamed by association?

Nechama Bendet: Yes.

Melinda Richards: Do you condemn ongoing harassment and intimidation of Mr Waks and his family?

Nechama Bendet: Yes.

ABC’s Samantha Donovan noted that “Manny Waks wiped tears from his eyes as Mrs Bendet spoke. Outside the hearing room he said her words were empowering.”

JNi.Media

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