Benjamin Netanyahu and Mark Zuckerberg among Jewish figures on Time’s 100 list
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Benjamin Netanyahu and Mark Zuckerberg among Jewish figures on Time’s 100 list

Israeli prime minister and Facebook founder make prestigious list of influential people in the world, alongside Jennifer Hyman, Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin

Mark Zuckerberg and Bibi Netanyahu
Mark Zuckerberg and Bibi Netanyahu

One week after winning election to a fifth term as Israel’s head of government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people.

Other Jewish people on the list include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg; Jennifer Hyman, whose £770m ($1 billion) company Rent the Runway allows subscribers to rent designer clothing online; and Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin, who started the progressive activism group Indivisible.

“Israel grows more prosperous. It grows more powerful,” Time columnist David French wrote for his entry for Netanyahu in the Leaders category. “And as the election shows, sufficient numbers of Israelis believe not just that Netanyahu is partly responsible for that success but that he’s the nation’s indispensable man.”

Hyman is a mentor dedicated to advocating for women, designer Diane Von Furstenberg wrote in her entry in the Titans category.

In his tribute to Zuckerberg, also in the Titans category, Facebook founding president Sean Parker wrote: “Mark may have changed the world more than any living person, so it’s surprising how little success has changed him.” He added that Zuckerberg will have to make “hard choices” in order to keep the social media platform’s openness while staying clear of privacy abuses.

“My hope is that he remains true to the ideals upon which the company was founded — choosing to promote universal values like decency over sensationalism, intimacy over social status, and human dignity over tribalism — or in Zuckspeak, simply: ‘goodness,’” he wrote.

Indivisible, founded by Greenberg and Levin, who are married, is “a powerful network of folks ready to fight for justice and inclusion in health care, at our borders and in the Supreme Court,” Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley wrote. The organisation draws on the local grassroots tactics of the conservative Tea Party movement to advocate against President Donald Trump and his policies.

“I see myself as being part of a tradition of Jews organising for social justice, and recognising that our own status of a minority group that has been persecuted calls on us to support others who are under attack,” Greenberg, a Reform Jew, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in 2017.

Israeli actress Gal Gadot wrote the entry about Dwayne Johnson, who was honoured in the Artists category.

“If you have had the pleasure to work with him, as I have on the ‘Fast and Furious’ films, you know that he is full of heart and creates an environment on set filled with warmth and positivity,” she wrote.

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