Culture, Identity

Would you add Shimon Peres?

It’s been reported that Shimon Peres has met with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It seems that Peres is now considering starting a Facebook profile of his own. Why? This is what he told a group representing more than 60 countries, who gathered at Yad Vashem for an international youth conference about the Holocaust:

“Anti-Semitism is a disease of everyone. Persecuting minorities, discrimination, xenophobia and violence exist in many countries in the world.
“You have the opportunity to teach your friends about the memory of the Holocaust so that these horrors will never be forgotten and will never be repeated.
“You can fight anti-Semitism using social networks, like Facebook.”

I know that Facebook has the causes application, and that messages can be sent to members of groups and events en masse, but as these are voluntary initiatives – you don’t have to join a group, cause, event that you disagree with, I don’t think that Facebook will be the most effective tool for countering anti-Semitism. Besides, would you want to be Peres’ friend?
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8 thoughts on “Would you add Shimon Peres?

  1. Last year it was nanotechnology…this year its facebook…next year it will be “buy i-phones to combat the water shortage in the jordan valley”…

  2. Well, obviously it won’t counter anti-semitism, but I would totally send him a friend request the first day he’s on. And I wouldn’t even inundate him with vampire attacks. Although I would be interested to know if we’re soulmates on Flixster.

  3. Did he keep referring to it as “the Facebook” (a la Bush’s claim to use “the Google”)?
    What a bunch of whiners. We have a politician who is interested in moving into the 21st century and everyone has to criticize. Hooray for the electric cars and the promotion of social networking. I would totally friend- heck, I would poke- Shimon Peres.

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