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Randi Zuckerberg to headline event for new AIPAC ‘technology division’

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Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, will be helping AIPAC promote its new “Technology Division” at a March 31st New York City event hosted with the New York Observer. While the invite above promotes it as an “exclusive gathering,” the AIPAC website promises a more homey “fireside chat.”

Zuckerberg, a self-defined “Super Jew” is not new to the Jewish philanthropy circuit having done fundraising events for the Jewish Federation. She led a delegation of “Jewish Silicon Valley tech leaders” to Israel, which will be a focus of the AIPAC event, but garnered her biggest Israel-related headlines after serenading Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this past January. There isn’t a recording of the event, but perhaps it went something like this:

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Zuckerberg will be sitting fireside with Ken Kurson, editor of The New York Observer (incidentally the former home of Mondoweiss). Ex-Rudy Giuliani staffer Kurson has not been shy in the past about sharing his views on Israel (h/t John Cook):

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Somewhat related, he more recently had this to say on his Facebook page:

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The event’s invite says, “the AIPAC Technology Division is the premier avenue for New York’s community of tech entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship.” Over 150 people have evidently already registered for the event, including reps from AOL, Bloomberg, Foursquare, Google, IBM, Microsoft, SoundCloud and Yahoo! (oddly enough, no Facebook).

Tickets cost $75, which includes a free copy of Zuckerberg’s book Dot Complicated.

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  1. ThorsteinVeblen2012
    ThorsteinVeblen2012
    March 20, 2014, 2:31 pm

    At what point does the nexus of Zionism and Jewish Tribalism meet?

    If doing business through AIPAC is predicated on your affinity and affiliation to Zionism when does it become discriminatory?

    One could assume that the intent is not to just foster business with Israel but also among fellow AIPAC members.

    Certainly nonJews join can AIPAC to cash in on business connections. It would seem as logical as a Black person joining the KKK for the same reason.

    • Krauss
      Krauss
      March 20, 2014, 6:49 pm

      Forget non-Jews, AIPAC has been joining up not just with the non-Jews but with the anti-Semitic gentiles. Case in point: Pat Hagee. So this has already happened for decades now and is far more normal than a black person joining the KKK, which would be much more bizarre than something that has been normalized for generations.

  2. annie
    annie
    March 20, 2014, 3:35 pm

    she gets around.
    she’s debuting on broadway right now:

    Randi Zuckerberg is finding herself between a rock and a hard place, so to speak — the former Facebook exec debuts March 14 in a two-week stint singing in the musical “Rock of Ages,” unfamiliar territory for someone who has never before performed on Broadway.

    from facebook band to broadway. was it the talent? you tell me:

    Zuckerberg explained that her path to Broadway was unconventional. She caught the producers’ attention, she said, at a TEDxBroadway talk in which she spoke on theater and the digital age. It shows, she said, “that you really can achieve your dreams, even if getting there doesn’t always take the normal, traditional path.”

    http://blog.sfgate.com/chronstyle/2014/03/13/randi-zuckerberg-sings-for-her-supper-in-broadways-rock-of-ages/

    • Krauss
      Krauss
      March 20, 2014, 6:53 pm

      I actually think she can sing well. And I also happen to think that she is beautiful in a very classically Jewish way, very Semitic. But of course, I am biased.

      I also think she’s pretty opportunistic(the whole TV show covering silicon valley is a good example, which was just a craven effort to cash in).

      But I wouldn’t say it was so far out of mind. Plus it was just a guest appearance.

      • libra
        libra
        March 21, 2014, 6:56 pm

        Krauss: I actually think she can sing well.

        Certainly well enough for a leading role in “facebook: the musical”. I bet there’s enough talent here on Mondoweiss to crowd-source the lyrics. I’ll kick them off:

        Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain…

    • just
      just
      March 21, 2014, 8:43 am

      I guess the days of “discovery” of talent and Lana Turner are gone. No more sleeping with the king/queen/star- makers, either. (We’ve come a long way, baby… or not)

      One only needs to ‘belong’ and have access to big $$$. The game has changed, sorta.

      (I do apologize for my error in posting twice below. ;( )

  3. marc b.
    marc b.
    March 20, 2014, 4:24 pm

    don’t be a hater, annie, just because she didn’t take the “normal, traditional path” to Broadway . . . or to the office of CEO of a multi-billion dollar something-or-other. I’m sure she’s a great performer, like Mackenzie Bezos is a great novelist. (I do worry for their historical legacies though. Who will be Homer to Jeff’s Odysseus? Who could do literary justice to Jeff’s heroic navigation of the rocky shores of internet disposable diaper and dildo sales? Who?)

    • libra
      libra
      March 21, 2014, 2:29 pm

      Good grief marc, what on Earth are you buying from Amazon?

  4. Krauss
    Krauss
    March 20, 2014, 6:55 pm

    Marc, you’re funny and I always like your comments(including this one!), but in defence of Mackenzie Bezos, she did win an award for her first book!
    (Was it politeness from the scared book establishment? Feed the alligator so it will not eat you at all, a vain attempt to appease Bezos? You tell me).

    • marc b.
      marc b.
      March 21, 2014, 9:07 am

      thanks krauss. she did win an award, yes, which in some cases may be evidence of talent. I found the two chapters I slogged through while waiting for my kids at the local library to be bad, really bad, although admittedly my perspective was poisoned, direct exposure apparently being no antidote. my real problem with all these people, or more accurately the phenomenon they represent (aside from my jealousy of course – my criticism must be motivated by jealousy I’m told) is their tone deafness, their self-induced autism, their Teflon-coated self confidence in the face of evidence of their mediocrity and multiple failures. they are a symptom of the worst characteristics of ‘Western’ predatory culture, the ideology of inevitable progress through the development of technology – and reliance on the mindset of the engineer – when what we are witnessing is the opposite. How is that you become a multi-billionaire like Bezos while your company regularly posts losses, especially, and perversely, your books sales and publishing departments? (The answer is that he is a stellar example of the neo-liberal business model, ruthlessly crushing competition by selling at a loss, treating your employees like shit – the sign of a visionary and objectivity – and sloughing off any sense of morality as an irrational irrelevance.) But even Bezos, with his overdeveloped brain stem and his tongue-darting lizard ethics, realizes what a Ponzi scheme he’s part of, which is why I think, in part at least, he has hitched his cart to the national security state, an organization (of sorts) that is also firmly convinced of its own indispensability and will take whatever steps to ensure its survival, regardless of any analysis of effectiveness and ‘profitability’.

      • just
        just
        March 21, 2014, 10:07 am

        wow, marc b– an amazing post. I especially appreciated this:

        “But even Bezos, with his overdeveloped brain stem and his tongue-darting lizard ethics”

        you have a gift– thanks for sharing it!

  5. peterfeld
    peterfeld
    March 20, 2014, 7:15 pm

    It’s embarrassing that AIPAC thinks Randi Zuckerberg has credibility, she’s a notorious laughingstock of the tech world. Since leaving her senior marketing position at Facebook, for which her qualifications were obvious, she’s failed up with a reality show that was a fave of hate-watchers and just about no one else, her new “Broadway singing career,” and her redonkulous book. (She even managed to offend veterans while promoting it.) Her complaints about violations of her privacy when a Facebook photo of her family’s Xmas (!) dinner was posted to Twitter were richly ironic considering the privacy trainwreck that is her brother’s company. It’s a truly awesome testament to Israel’s and AIPAC’s insight into the tech world to have her headlining an event.

    • just
      just
      March 20, 2014, 8:16 pm

      Really.

      Who gives a flying fart who AIPAC chooses to endorse or celebrate???

    • just
      just
      March 20, 2014, 8:26 pm

      Really.

      Who gives a flying fart who AIPAC chooses to endorse or celebrate???

      Krauss, with all due respect, what do you mean to convey with:

      “I actually think she can sing well. And I also happen to think that she is beautiful in a very classically Jewish way, very Semitic. But of course, I am biased.”

  6. seafoid
    seafoid
    March 21, 2014, 5:22 am

    SuperJew – now with added modesty

  7. MRW
    MRW
    March 21, 2014, 6:38 am

    She can’t sing worth shit. She’s got the musicality of a dead fish.

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