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Web 2.0 and the Middle East Crisis

The current Middle East crisis has received wide publicity via web 2.0. It is certainly a new way of reaching out to the international audience. Recently, there was an article in CNN about Israel’s attempt to influence the global public opinion through YouTube and Twitter. The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit has uploaded several videos of the crisis on YouTube. Likewise, the Israel Consulate in New York held a “Citizen’s Press Conference” on Twitter on Dec. 30, 2008. While Israel is busy in engaging the international community’s attention, Al Jazeera also has been using Twitter to spread information about the Gaza conflict. For more details, take a look at boingboing.