The Numbers Crunch: Flotilla stories flood Top 10

Also, this week's most tweeted tags across the Middle East, more videos from Syria, and Jpost readers have their say on cottage cheese.

Numbers Crunch 311 (photo credit: Mrkay Design)
Numbers Crunch 311
(photo credit: Mrkay Design)
Just over a year since nine Turkish citizens were killed and seven IDF commandos injured when Shayetet 13 naval commandos intercepted the last Gaza-bound flotilla, Jerusalem Post readers are again showing a clear interest in flotilla-related stories. The Numbers Crunch ranked the most-read 10 stories on in the past week, amid reports of sabotage and dwindling numbers in the naval convoy aiming to reach the Gaza Strip this month.
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    In a recent Jpost poll, readers were fairly unanimous on the issues, with 29 percent voting that participants should be prosecuted and boats sank, over 40% voting that the passengers should be deported, and less than 5% voting for the Navy to hold back from any interference. Almost 4,000 readers voted in the poll.
    On the alleged sabotage of two ships, however,
    Despite almost six months having passed since mass protests on Cairo’s Tahrir Square resulted in the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the top hashtags trending in the region were still #egypt and #tahrir square, according to real-time trends site, Trendsmap.
    Across the region on twitter, politics dropped from the main news topics, with 17% of tweets sharing a live feed of the lunar eclipse which was visible from Africa, the Middle East and most of Asia. The Pew Research Center’s New Media Index also recorded 14% of news tweets relating to global warming.
    In local news, Gilad Schalit’s family marked five years since the IDF soldier’s capture, with a series of events around the country, including a
    And in softer local news, Israelis got active on facebook, opening pages to protest the exorbitant price of Israeli staple food, cottage cheese. The facebook event itself drew online considerable traffic, with over 100,000 people replying as “attending.” In a recent poll, Jpost readers voted that they saw the campaign as a reflection of Israeli discontent (30%) and a plea for prices to be regulated (35%).
    From news sites to blogs, tweets to videos, The Numbers Crunch is a bi-weekly column which zooms out and brings you the big picture online, from Israel, the Middle East and around the world, and poll results from If you have stats to share, email
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