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Celebrities Get Twitter-Happy With News of Bin Laden's Death

By Michael Kaminer

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Always hyperactive, the Twitterverse went into overdrive with the news of Osama bin Laden’s death — and Jewish celebs and notables were among the most active broadcasters.

Not surprisingly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, via the Israeli Consulate’s feed, called it “a victory for justice, freedom and common values of all democracies.”

Director Albert Brooks, characteristically, made great material of the news: “Bin Laden to St. Peter: ‘What do you mean they’re no longer virgins?’”

Likewise, actor Seth Green cracked wise.

“Why burial at sea?” asked one of his followers.

“Osama can’t turn into a jet,” the star responded.

The schtick from L.A. comedian Elon Gold: “Hey Osama, pick up your phone! I didn’t mean what I said and I’m sorry! Quit being a baby and call me back!“

Supermodel Bar Refaeli — Leonardo DiCaprio’s Israeli girlfriend — shared an “LOL” at a follower’s post that “Air China hasn’t heard the news about Bin Laden…they confiscated my water before I got on the plane.”

Still, some comments were more reflective. Natalie Portman simply wrote: “Osama Bin Laden is dead. Wow. Speechless.”

Comments by Jews also became some of the day’s most retweeted remarks. The headline on Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Huffington Post column today — “Hate Osama, But Do Not Rejoice in His Death” — rebounded across the Twitterverse, as did Joe Lieberman’s dig that Pakistan “must explain how Osama ended up in the compound and why and for how long.”

Lieberman’s comment that “a lone-wolf revenge attack is possible,” and that Americans should be “suspicious of family and friends,” elicited laughs from some Tweeters: “Easy for him. He doesn’t even have friends!” wrote JMRooker.

The most twisted Tweets of the day, however, came from one GhostAHitler to an obviously new Twitterer, GhostOsama: “Happy 2nd Day of Death!”


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