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megimoo
01-13-2009, 05:24 PM
Social-networking websites may have started out as online cliques where friends could swap opinions on music, pop culture and other bits of innocuous personal trivia. But as the conflict in Gaza has unfolded, it's becoming evident that sites like Facebook are increasingly being used to express political views, adding an acrimonious, even menacing undertone to what were once lighthearted online forums.

While Hamas rockets pummel southern Israel and Israeli bombs decimate Gaza, a parallel war is being fought in virtual communities. On Dec. 27, two hours after Israel began its military operation, Joel Leyden created a Facebook group called "I Support the Israel Defense Forces in Preventing Terror Attacks from Gaza." Leyden, an American who served with the Israeli military, says he has since received dozens of death threats via his Facebook inbox. "People were not just saying 'I hope you die!' but also asking, 'How do you want to die?' " says Leyden, who uses Facebook to alert people about potential attacks on synagogues. Meanwhile, Hamzeh Abu-Abed, who created a Facebook group titled "Let's Collect 500,000 Signatures to Support the Palestinians in Gaza," says he has received similar hate mail. "They said I am a terrorist who should die," says Abu-Abed, an accountant from Jordan. "We have been harassed by Zionists who hacked our group and called themselves the Jewish Internet Defense Force." (See pictures of chaos in the Middle East.)

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1869438,00.html
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http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1871302,00.html

PoliCon
01-13-2009, 06:48 PM
dude - if you believe in the issue - get off the fucking internet and put your money where your mouth is. :rolleyes: Fighting on facebook . . . .:rolleyes: gimme a break.

jinxmchue
01-14-2009, 08:08 AM
I play Texas Hold Em on Facebook and it always pisses me off when Palestinians and Israelis yell at each other in the chat for the tables. I don't understand why they don't get their lazy asses off the computer and go outside and shoot it out.

PoliCon
01-14-2009, 09:08 AM
I play Texas Hold Em on Facebook and it always pisses me off when Palestinians and Israelis yell at each other in the chat for the tables. I don't understand why they don't get their lazy asses off the computer and go outside and shoot it out.I'm say'n!! ;)

AHeneen
01-14-2009, 09:25 AM
I play Texas Hold Em on Facebook and it always pisses me off when Palestinians and Israelis yell at each other in the chat for the tables. I don't understand why they don't get their lazy asses off the computer and go outside and shoot it out.

Because all they know how to do is whine...both groups (although the Jews do have a bit of an argument)!! :)

PoliCon
01-14-2009, 09:57 AM
Because all they know how to do is whine...both groups (although the Jews do have a bit of an argument)!! :)

Jews do no whine. We kvetch. :mad:

megimoo
01-14-2009, 10:22 AM
Jews do no whine. We kvetch. :mad:You never take me anywhere,you never buy me anything .......Call it what you will it's still P&M !

AHeneen
01-14-2009, 11:30 AM
Well, the Pro-Palestine group on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?sid=e1060f666fd4eb3491895e20282c6ac2&gid=8454730966) has over 550,000 members and an introduction in 17 languages.
Menawhile there are 2 large pro-Israel groups (so there's probably many people who are in both): one with 134,000 (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?sid=64b27e85eb02d8b72626037735a64631&gid=9864908381), and one with 78,000 members (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?sid=64b27e85eb02d8b72626037735a64631&gid=69810300128).

While not on Facebook, this cool website allows people to vote for who they support. Currently, it's Israel with a razor-sharp lead (50.9% vs 49.1%), so please go there and vote for Israel.
http://www.israel-vs-palestine.com/gz/?home (It is currently garnering lots of hits, so keep refreshing if you get the "service temp unavail" message).

PoliCon
01-14-2009, 12:50 PM
You never take me anywhere,you never buy me anything .......Call it what you will it's still P&M !The Jewish woman is a master of kvetching and giving guilt - especially to their offspring. :rolleyes: I have a serious resistance to guilt today as a result.