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      Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.)  Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching.  She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:

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      Nisan 11, 5769, 4/5/2009

      AntiSemitism on Facebook!


      Recently I received the following note from a friend:
      Certainly spread the word about Facebook's definition of a Jew, and do investigate and patronize safer internet sites.

      My grandchild, -, took the quiz "What Religion are you?" on Facebook, and this is what it replied: "Jew- You are cheap, smart, rich and most people hate you. You are great at business and know how to make money. Everyone blames you for everything and you blame them. You are probably very Conservative."

      Please help get this material off Facebook by taking the quiz and reporting it to the Abuse department. Please spread the word.

      This is no "urban legend." I do know the people involved. I inquired how a pre-teen could be on Facebook, and I was told that the family uses it to post pictures to each other. Personally, I don't like the popular use of Facebook for posting pictures for family and friends. There isn't enough control over it, and as in this case, it exposes young children to an adult-oriented site. There must be something safer.

      Recently, I opened a WEJEW account, the same name, shilohmuse, as my youtube. It does have a picture upload option, besides the videos, and it's "clean." At least it's as clean as anything can be, since they check what you've uploaded before making it viewable. Of course, even on WEJEW, one should be alert to people abusing it for the wrong reasons, but it has the potential to be a much safer alternative, at least for Jews, who use the internet for videos, movies and photos.

      This is not a blame the victim post. Certainly spread the word about Facebook's definition of a Jew, and do investigate and patronize safer internet sites.