The Jewish power-providers of the Arab Spring revolts

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg tops 'The Jerusalem Post's' list of the 50 most influential Jews in the world, 2011.

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June 7, 2011 16:16
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier)

 
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Mark Zuckerberg’s deft denial during an Internet forum in Paris last month that Facebook was not responsible for the Arab Spring protests sweeping across the Middle East was somewhat disingenuous. In almost the same breath, Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook had performed a key role in the regional revolts from Tunisia to Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Syria. “It’s not a Facebook thing, it’s an Internet thing,” he said in response to a question about the Arab Spring. “I think Facebook was neither necessary nor sufficient for any of those things to happen. If it weren’t Facebook, it would be something else.”

Most accounts from rights activists themselves as well as journalists on the scene and sociologists analyzing the situation, however, clearly show that Facebook had an enormous influence on the start and spread of the uprisings, as well as their apparent domino effect. It served a primary means of communication.

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