posts about or somewhat related to ‘Palestine’
Our model of citizen journalism is based on working with the “regular” local population, rather than with activists, and many of the videos we publish are filmed from windows, balconies and roofs rather than by someone involved in the incidents. This, I think, gives the videos a special quality, and helps the Israeli audience see the reality from the eyes, or camera lenses, of ordinary Palestinians. It is also important in terms of access, and allows us to monitor and document incidents that occur daily in Palestinian streets and fields.
— Yoav Gross, Video Department Director of the Israeli citizen journalism organization B’Tselem to Witness.org. Citizen Video for Journalists: How One Israeli Group Became a Trusted Source for News.
The Israeli military and Hamas are livetweeting their war, including images of killed and wounded children. This certainly raises some questions, including for the companies whose platforms they’re using.
(The linked articles notes that the Israeli army’s Twitter account was briefly suspended. However, this is based on a report in the Daily Dot that does not cite sources for its claim, so I would treat it with caution.)
The Washington Post has more, including on a Youtube video from the Israeli military that was briefly taken down but has been reinstated.
FJP: Agreeing with the next sentence: “There is no empowerment or revolution here: just a dark, sinking feeling as we watch the bloodshed unfold in real time.”
And in the things they didn’t teach you in school department, to delete the content or suspend the accounts “is not a decision a couple of hundred engineers in North California want to be making.”
Jessica Roy, BetaBeat. Social Media Companies Have Absolutely No Idea How to Handle the Gaza Conflict.
By Palestinian businessman Munib Masri
EARLIER this week, while Israel’s cheerleaders and Las Vegas casino moguls were parsing every syllable uttered by Mitt Romney in Jerusalem as fastidiously as the Olympic judges were scrutinizing every back flip in London, millions of Palestinians issued a giant collective yawn.The most excellent (and accurate) first line to a New York Times article ever. Worth a read.
FJP: It is a pretty great first sentence.
Say you cover the Middle East and want to get a first hand look at the Gaza-bound flotilla activists are scheduled to sail in the upcoming days. Israel suggests you shouldn’t go, or it might prevent you from entering the country for the next 10 years.
Via Al Jazeera
Israel has warned journalists that they could be banned from entering the country for 10 years if they travel aboard an aid flotilla scheduled to set sail for the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli government issued the warning on Sunday, saying the journalists could also have their equipment seized in addition to other sanctions.
The threat came as pro-Palestinian activists prepared to set sail for Gaza from Greece and elsewhere in an effort to break Israel’s blockade of the coastal territory.
Eleven ships - nine passenger boats and two cargo ships - carrying about 1,000 activists from 20 countries are said to be taking part in the second Freedom Flotilla.
Among the activists are many Israelis, including Amira Hass, a prominent journalist of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
It’s no easy task being the social network for the world’s conflicts.
Via the New York Times:
After complaints by Israeli government officials and Jewish organizations in the United States, Facebook took down a page today by Palestinian supporters that called for violence against Jews and an uprising against Israel…
…The conflict over the page illustrates the challenges that Facebook and other social networks are now wrestling with as their platforms, once used primarily for sharing photos and swapping updates with friends, have become powerful communication and organizing tools by advocates, especially in countries with limits on freedom of expression. Facebook and other companies, trying to maintain a neutral position, have been relying on their existing terms of service to manage the conflicts that arise.
Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes claims calls for violence among the 340,000 members of the Page were both common and increasing.