aljazeera.com, Gaza and Israel: War of the hashtags "How instant access to online images and information is helping to shape global reaction to the Israel-Gaza war."
0commentstodayszaman.com, Turkey's top cleric calls new Islamic ‘caliphate' illegitimate "[Mehmet] Görmez said death threats against non-Muslims made by the group, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), were hugely damaging. "The statement made against Christians is truly awful. Islamic scholars need to focus on this [because] an inability to peacefully sustain other faiths and cultures heralds the collapse of a civilization," he told Reuters in an interview."
0commentschannelnewsasia.com, Jihadists organise tours in their Syria, Iraq 'caliphate' "Salameh said the group's tour buses start their journey in Tal Abyad (on Syria's Turkish border) and end in Iraq's Anbar. Passengers can get off wherever they want, and they don't need a passport to cross the border."
0commentsalarabiya.net, Kiss and tell: Arab-Jewish peck goes viral "The campaign #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies was launched by Abraham Gutman and Dania Darwish, both students at Hunter College in New York, shortly after the Israeli military launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8 in a bid to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza killing at least 583 people." #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies
0commentsalarabiya.net, Saudi cousins lashed for ‘exchanging insults’ on Whatsapp, 22 Jul 2014 "The Criminal Court in the city of Jeddah sentenced two Saudi women to 10 days in jail and 20 lashes each for exchanging insults via text and WhatsApp messages, Okaz daily reported Tuesday."
0commentsBBC News, Iraq conflict breeds cyber-war among rival factions, 22 Jul 2014 "A cyber-civil war is being waged alongside the armed conflict in Iraq, research by security firms suggests.
"As well as using social media to rally supporters and spread propaganda, some factions are employing hackers to gather intelligence."
0commentsFor info purposes, here is a brief collection of links/images relating to the current situation in #Gaza.
aljazeera.com, Al-Qassam Brigade: We have kidnapped an Israeli soldier #Gaza #Israel. Is this a game changer?
BBC World Service, Newshour, Lyse Doucet, Audio Postcard from Gaza
Telegraph, Gaza conflict: Broken by Israeli barrage, the people of Shejaiya flee as homes are laid waste
IBT, #OpSaveGaza: Anonymous Takes Down 1,000 Israeli Government and Business Websites
Facebook: Palestine Solidarity Egypt:
Daily Star, NBC Pull Gaza Reporter after Massacre Report
IBT, Hamas 'Gives Gazans Guidelines For Reporting Israeli Attacks on Social Media' "The Hamas interior ministry website statement, issued along with an instructional video, said: "The Information Department of the Ministry of the Interior and National Security has instructed activists on social media websites, particularly Facebook, to correct some of the commonly used terms as they cover the aggression taking place in the Gaza Strip.... [and] to use the proper terminology, in order to play their part in strengthening the home front and in properly conveying information worldwide.""
Sydney Morning Herald, Israeli propaganda war hits social media, 18 Jul 2014
gulfnews.com, Gaza stories that have gone viral on social media
0commentsForeign fighters flock to ISIS - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East: "Jabhat al-Nusra is still trying to pick up the pieces of its defeat to the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS) in the northern region. This defeat resulted in the fleeing of its leaders; its groups fell into division and confusion. As a result, the general command of al-Qaeda stretched out a helping hand to its branch in al-Sham. Meanwhile, it has been noticed that the influx of foreign fighters to Syria has increased since the declaration of the Islamic caliphate."
0commentsDigital Religion Research Prominent Theme in Upcoming International Conference | Religion Press Release Services "The International Society for Media, Religion and Culture (ISMRC) conference held August 4-7, 2014, is the 9th in a series of events assembling an international group of interdisciplinary scholars to better understand relationships between media, society and religion and the significance of media for religion in public life. The event draws a diverse crowd of academics and students with interests ranging from media studies and religious studies to anthropology and digital humanities."
0commentsBBC News - Babar Ahmad: The godfather of internet jihad? "This week has seen the jailing of a man the Americans consider to be one of the most dangerous facilitators of terrorism in the West. But he is likely to be free in less than a year. He was a pioneer when it came to using the web as a tool of jihadist propaganda. So why do thousands of people think that Babar Ahmad is a victim of an injustice?"
I have discussed Babar Ahmad (and his internet activities) in my publications in the past. The documentary can be heard via iPlayer. It can also be downloaded. The reporter, Dominic Casciani, can be found on Twitter @BBCDomC
Also see BBC News, British cyber-jihadist Babar Ahmad jailed in US, 16 Jul 2014