If Shimon Peres opens a Facebook account, he may well be one of the oldest people on the network.
Israel’s 84 year old president recently met with with Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, 24, to explore the possibility of using social networking tools like Facebook to fight anti-semitism.
At a Yad Vashem conference last week, Peres instructed his young audience:
“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.”
If you’ve been following social networking news, you know that Israel has the second fastest growing Facebook network in the world (next to Turkey). At least two current members of Knesset, Kadima’s Yoel Hasson, and Yisrael Beitenu’s Israel Hasson have established Facebook profiles.
On November 19th, I marked Facebook’s Israel network at 184,460. Today, February 3rd, the Israel network has 363,742 people. The number has almost doubled in only two and a half months.
How does Peres propose to use Facebook to fight anti-semitism? We don’t yet know. What we do know about Peres is that he has a long history as a mover and shaker.
From winning the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, to being the first Israeli President to speak before a Muslim country’s parliament (Turkey, 2007), and most recently in working to create a joint economic zone in the West Bank, Peres may well be the most active 80+ politician in international politics today.
If Queen Elizabeth II and can have her own YouTube channel, why not?
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To read more about Peres and Facebook Israel, check out these three articles:
- “Israel Facebook Network Goes Viral: Cultural Reporting from the Front Lines”
- “Israeli Technology and Development: Two New Moves Encourage Foreign Investment”
- “Solving the World’s Problems One Video Game at a Time? 12 Real Life Video Games You Should Know About” (See reference to Peres Center for Peace)
To learn more about technology integration in the Middle East and Muslim countries, click here:
- “Facebook in Turkey: What Makes Turkey #1?”
- “Syria Says No to Facebook: Bloggers Talk Back”
- “Dead Link: Syrian Minister of Communication Fired for Excessive Banning of Internet Sites”
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