In this edition: renewed calls for FIFA to suspend Israel; the Mayor of London under fire; and drone footage of a huge pod of dolphins…
SHOOTING RENEWS CALLS FOR FIFA TO SUSPEND ISRAEL
Some 3,800 people have signed this online petition urging FIFA, the international governing body of football, to suspend Israel from its competitions. Campaigning against Israel`s football league membership has stepped up a notch following an incident at the end of January, when Israeli soldiers reportedly shot two Palestinian football players, Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, aged 19 and Adam Halabiya, aged 17, in the feet and legs. As explained on the website of daily newspaper Haaretz, security forces said the teenagers were terrorists, but countless social networkers say they are the latest victims of the IDF`s indiscriminate violence.
Web users have been voicing their outrage, saddened by the fact it`s unlikely the two young footballers will ever play again… this is what Palestinian press agency Ma`an news has reported, claiming Israeli soldiers deliberately aimed at the footballers feet and legs, causing irreversible damage.
But while there is mounting pressure on FIFA to suspend Israel, some are saying football should not be held hostage to political or religious conflicts. Web users are suggesting that stopping Israel from competing in international tournaments will do nothing to change the situation in the Palestinian territories.
MAYOR OF LONDON CRITICIZED ONLINE
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson is under fire after saying Muslim children who are at risk of being “radicalized” by their parents should be taken into care. Comments made in a column for the “Daily Telegraph” and reiterated on air, on LBC radio and that come after last week’s sentencing of the two Muslim fanatics who butchered and killed British soldier Lee Rigby, in broad daylight, on May 22nd last year.
But as Twitter users have been pointing out, the murderers come from Christian families. Many have voiced disapproval of the London mayor`s remarks saying they are dangerous and Islamophobic.
British blogger Karl Sharro has shared a similar sentiment, posting a satirical guide for Muslims parents with handy hints on how to keep their kids… sarcastic tips on how to prove they are not a closet Jihadi, like openly consuming alcohol or pork…
Some web users have been posting under the Twitter hashtag #SignsOf ARadicalBaby to help family`s spot extremist tendencies in their little ones … again tongue in cheek and to make fun of Boris Johnson`s comments. Social networkers suggest that if a baby has a beard, if their first word is Allah or if they read the Koran, then they are probably an extremist in the making.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Indian supermarket chain « Big Bazaar » started the #With50RupeesICanBuy hashtag this week as part of an online advertising campaign and got more than they bargained for… countless social networkers have used the key words to denounce the problems they have to deal with on a daily basis, like corruption for example, rising fuel prices, and the inefficiency of their political representatives... So it wasn’t quite the response the company was hoping for.
STATS OF THE DAY
As we can see from this infographic posted to the Kickstarter website, on Monday the crowdfunding platform passed the 1 billion dollars in pledges mark. American web users played a major part in reaching this new record, with over 3,700,000 donors. Since its launch five years ago the platform has helped fund projects the world over, from documentaries, to books to video games…
BRITAIN SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF A LEGO PHOTOGRAPHER
British photographer Andrew Whyte wondered what the world would like from a tiny LEGO man`s perspective. He spent a year travelling around the UK, from the streets of London to the coastline, to produce the “legography” project. Our pint size hero faces some perilous situations along the way which you can see for yourself on the artist`s website.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
In this video Dave Anderson treats us to some breathtaking sights – he was able to film a huge pod of dolphins and some whales with a drone camera… the footage was captured ten days ago off the Californian coastline and is available to view on the “Dolphin Safari” YouTube page.