Category: My Op-Eds

  • Making it Possible, Rather than Trying to Make it Happen

    I’ve attended three ROI Summits in Israel and each was so amazing, any words I use to describe it will fail to do the experience justice. The news that ROI was coming to Australia to run a gathering in partnership with AJF was electrifying. From the start I had great expectations for the Australian gathering. To understand […]

  • Sweden questions its Jewish problem on twitter

    Originally published as: Andre Oboler, Sweden questions its Jewish problem on twitter, Jerusalem Post Blogs, June 13 2012 As a country, Sweden has a rather unusual social media policy. The country has a twitter account, and each week it gives control of the account to a different citizen. The@Sweden project has been running for seven month and on […]

  • What Market Forces mean for Facebook

    Originally published as: Andre Oboler, What Market Forces mean for Facebook, Jerusalem Post Blogs, May 24 2012 A few simple truths were demonstrated this week as Facebook became a publically listed company. The first was the power of government; the second was the ability of social media companies to create hype; and the third truth was a […]

  • President Peres in the Lion’s Den

    Originally published: Andre Oboler and David Matas, President Peres in the Lion’s Den, Jerusalem Post, 6 March 2012 page 14. Also reprinted in The Cutting Edge News. On Tuesday March 6th, President Shimon Peres will visit Facebook, a company which refuses to recognize Holocaust denial as a form of incitement to hatred. While there, he […]

  • Impersonating Anonymous: Is it state sponsored terrorism?

    Originally published as: Andre Oboler, ‘Impersonating Anonymous: Is it state sponsored terrorism?’, Jerusalem Post, 12 February 2012. Republished by Honest Reporting and The Cutting Edge News. Since its earliest days the “Internet gathering” known as Anonymous has declared “we are legion”. After attacks on PayPal, Amazon, Sony, various banks and US Government websites, as in Roman times, the power of the legion is […]

  • Virtual hate poses ‘real world’ threat

    Originally published as: Andre Oboler, ‘Virtual hate poses “real world” threat’, The Australian Jewish News, 10 February 2012, page 3 The “Djokovic Scandal” over a sweaty shirt shows both the best and the worst of social media. The Facebook page “Yael Vi vat Rothschild- GIVE BACK the Shirt to Mellisa COOK” was a valiant effort at grassroots […]

  • Modern Zionism and Gilad Shalit

    Originally published in Danish as: Andre Oboler, Moderne Zionisme og Gilad Shalit, 64(3) Magbit-Nyt, December 2011. (Magazine of the Danish Zionist Federation). Also published online by the World Zionist Organization. The release of Gilad Shalit from more than five years of illegal captivity was a day of both joy and fear for all Israelis, and […]

  • Gilad Shalit is coming home – and the news is going viral

    Andre Oboler, Gilad Shalit is coming home – and the news is going viral, Jerusalem Post Blogs, October 11 2011 Wow. That’s was my first reaction to the SMS my brother sent me. The message was short and to the point, “Hope you’re awake and seeing the Gilad Shalit News!” The news was going viral in social media. It took me […]

  • Cyber Attacks: you might be at risk

    Originally published as: Andre Oboler, Cyber Attacks: you might be at risk, Jerusalem Post Blogs, September 14 2011 The Palestinian push for statehood is being promoted in every way possible, by legitimate, questionable and outright illegal means. The illegal means will likely include cyber attacks on the websites and servers of the Israeli Government, Israeli companies, and […]

  • The online campaign to recognise Palestine

    Source: Andre Oboler, The online campaign to recognise Palestine, Jerusalem Post, September 02, 2011 Pirkei Avot records Ben Zoma’s advice that a wise person is one who learns from all others. Online advocacy is a rapidly evolving field and one in which Israel advocates are regularly out maneuvered. We must learn not only from actions […]