“End the Illegal Siege of Gaza” Succeeds: #Gaza A Trending Topic On Twitter
In winter 2008-09 “Israel” had 22-day assault on Gaza, where around 4,000 1,400 Palestinians died along with around 12 Israelis.
Back then, we mentioned the related web events, Online attacks from Israeli hackers, and the counter attacks from Pro Palestine hackers . We also mentioned Aljazeera’s�Crowd sourced Mapping Mashup For The War On Gaza , which put AC on SlashDot.
Today, International activists from all over the world organized a mass social online and off line campaign to “mark the fact that is has been one year since the Israeli attack.” Most notable collation managing the effort is the “international Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza” which called for “mobilizing an international contingent for a nonviolent march alongside the people of Gaza on Dec. 31, to end the illegal blockade.”
That effort called for marches and online activism asking people to support “gaza freedom march” with tweets hash tagged #gaza and to add a “#twibbon to your avatar” – this has resulted in making #Gaza a tending topic on Twitter just around 2 hour ago, with an average of 25 to 30 tweets every half a minute hash tagged #gaza. With this even #Gaza has become for the second time a trending topic this year since the war on gaza. but with differences than last time:
1-I noted that most #gaza tweets are in fact supportive to Gaza and call to end the siege that deprived its people from food, medicine and fuel.
2- Another noted Observation, “Israeli” Army spam bots are non present, unlike the situation last year during the war, when Israeli army spy boots were spamming Twitter with massive amount of tweets every second.
This events marks another time how Twitter and social media have become grass route tools to mobilize Individuals all over the world.