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Feb 8, 2023, 1:36 PM
Who is responsible for Felix Cipher?
Felix Cipher is a young person from Colorado who created a TikTok account and cosplayed Adolf Hitler. As of yesterday, Felix was a trending hashtag and meme. As of today, they are canceled. But who is this Cipher? We don't...
Dec 4, 2022, 2:09 PM
The Kanye West Effect
You can throw antisemitic TikTok comments at me all day, and I won't break a sweat. When you have an account with half a million followers, and your content is about Holocaust education, it happens. I'm not easily rattled. In...
Oct 1, 2022, 3:12 PM
Is Holocaust education possible on TikTok?
True, our account gets more visitors than the US Holocaust Museum, but are 30-second videos effective? Do they reduce the complexity of the message?
Aug 31, 2022, 3:38 PM
Institutional let-down: A wake-up call
There’s no way to be poetic or polite about it. I feel defeated and alone. I'm tired of getting pats on the head for creating and maintaining a Tiktok account with nearly half a million followers that teaches Holocaust...
Dec 24, 2021, 6:12 PM
TikTok: The Moral Arc of the Social Media Universe
In October of 2021, Frances Haugen, the "Facebook whistle-blower" went wide with the Facebook Papers - showing that Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg were well aware of the harm created on the ubiquitous social media platform. None of this was...
Jul 20, 2021, 3:13 PM
Tik Tok: Hate and Hope
My day began innocently enough. I got myself a cup of coffee and fed the cats. And then I discovered that one of my very first, clumsily made, wonky Tik Tok videos was going viral. Well - viral is...
Jun 2, 2021, 7:59 PM
It won’t stop until we talk
One of the things that I love most about Israelis is their incredible, almost legendary ability to carry on no matter what. Israelis have a hunger for life that is irrepressible. Through decades of conflict and political upheaval, through...
May 27, 2021, 12:23 AM
Through no fault of my own: How I got BDS’d
"You're based in Tel Aviv, right? Through no fault of yours, there is an international campaign of "boycott, divestment and sanctions" against your government and economy, which unfortunately is a picket line I can't cross." That was the email I...
Jan 24, 2021, 3:16 PM
Israel’s street cats are my therapy
I dispense handfuls of comfort to little creatures living short, brutal lives, making what difference I can amid so much that I cannot change
Sep 17, 2020, 10:59 PM
The #Holocaust is Trending
It’s the eve of Rosh Hashana. My favorite holiday. Summer is beginning to become a slightly cooler version of itself and Israel will be on lockdown for the second time in six months. Israel has one of the highest...
Julie Gray is a writer and editor who made the leap from Los Angeles to Israel many years ago and has had many (mostly) humorous adventures ever since. She is the author of The True Adventures of Gidon Lev: Rascal. Holocaust Survivor. Optimist.