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As Israel and Hamas gear up for Tuesday’s prisoner exchange, the discussion from
both sides over the pros and cons of the deal were heightened across social
media on Monday, with those opposed to the exchange more vocal than those who
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Israeli groups, mostly those working who have been touched
by violence, utilized new media to create public forums or on-line petitions to
turn national opinion against releasing several of the most controversial
“Remove Ahlam Tamimi from the list of terrorists to be freed”
was one such internet petition set up by Arnold Roth, whose daughter Malka was
killed in the 2001 Sbarro pizzeria bombing.
Roth and his wife Frimet
opted not petition the High Court of Justice against the release of Tamimi, who
drove the suicide bomber to his destination on that fateful day. She is expected
to be released to Jordan on Tuesday.
Instead, the family created the
petition through website
Created on Friday after finding out that Tamimi was among those being released,
the petition had garnered some 6000 signatures by Monday.
Also making the
rounds of social media sites was graphic images from the October 2000 “lynch” in
Ramallah, when a Palestinian mob murdered two IDF soldiers, Vadim Norzich and
Yossi Avrahami, and mutilated their bodies. Under the banner, “Outrage:
This man to be released!?” the image depicts
Abed Alaziz Salaha, who was
photographed standing at window with his hands covered with blood.
who was sentenced to life in prison, with Israeli politicians assuring the
victims’ families that he would never be released, will also be freed on
In another angle on the debate, Palestinian groups on Monday
attempted to raise awareness to those prisoners who will not be among those
released in the deal, including more than 100 children.
by Defense for Children International/Palestine Section, an international
non-governmental child rights organization established in 1979 and featured
prominently on sites such as Occupied Palestine, “a blog for human rights and
the liberation of Palestine,” the campaign deals with the fact that of the 1027
Palestinian prisoners being freed, not one of them is a
According to the information published
used by the campaign, which was
prominent in Twitter feeds throughout the day, there are some 164 Palestinian
children aged 12-17, mostly accused of throwing stones or rocks, currently in
While in the initial batch of prisoners to be released
Tuesday no children were listed, those behind the petition also said they could
“not confirm how many children, if any, will be released at the second stage in
Mainstream news network Al-Jazeera also harnessed social
media Monday for its cross-genre show The Stream
, which uses forums such as
Twitter and Facebook to generate discussions amongst viewers on certain current
affairs topics later featured on its televised show.
Asking the question
on Twitter what “#1for1000 means” -- in terms of one Israeli prisoner in
exchange for one thousand prisoners -- the show captured some interesting
responses to the debate around this particular issue.AviMayer
, an Israeli
tweep wrote: “#1for1000means thousands of #Israelis will experience anew the
pain of losing their loved ones as their murderers go free.”
, a “Palestinian feminist living in the Arab world” concluded,
“the ratio shows that yet again #Palestinian life is undervalued. But the
important thing is that they are realized.”