In this edition: an online movement demanding peace in Gaza ; shocking footage of a Lebanese child beating a Syrian child ; and a time lapse video of flowers blooming…
ONLINE MOVEMENT DEMANDS PEACE IN GAZA
Many have posted to Twitter with messages and photographs, urging an end to the conflict in Gaza. The photos feature interfaith couples or people of Israeli and Palestinian descent holding signs saying it is possible to live in peace; that Jews and Arabs do not have to be enemies, that love is bigger than war.
Campaigning for peace is also underway on Facebook with a dedicated Facebook group. The page currently has a little over 3,500 likes, and encourages netizens the world over to speak out against the conflict, and demand peace in Gaza.
And while the online campaign has garnered strong support, it has also drawn some criticism. This Twitter user for example says it depoliticizes the conflict, simplifying it as petty racial tensions. The instigators of the movement have posted a response via Facebook saying dialogue and non-violent action are the best tools for bringing peace to the region.
BEATING OF SYRIAN CHILD IN LEBANON CAPTURED ON VIDEO
In this video we hear a Lebanese adult encouraging his child, aged five or six to beat a Syrian boy who is slightly older. "Hit him harder, don`t be scared" he says… the Lebanese child obeys and hits his victim with a stick before using his fists. The horrific footage was posted to Lebanese portal Yasour.org on Saturday and has been met with widespread outrage and condemnation online.
Web users have taken to social networks in their droves, angry and upset over what they describe as a barbaric attack, slamming the adults involved for making the little boy inflict such violence, saying they should be severely punished.
Prompted by this outpouring of shock and anger, the authorities launched an investigation, which led to the arrest of the father of the Lebanese child and another man who is believed to have filmed the incident.
A distressing story but as some say, it has highlighted the discrimination and harsh treatment sometimes faced by Syrian refugees in Lebanon, after fleeing civil war. And the Lebanese government is becoming increasingly concerned by the refugee situation; Lebanon`s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil has warned that a solution has to be found before tensions boil over. A recent UN report showed that more and more Syrian refugees are entering Lebanon each week, and the number is expected to reach the equivalent of around one-third of the country`s population by the end of the year.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Thousands have posted under the #BringThemHome hashtag with a call for the bodies of those on board flight MH17 when it crashed in Ukraine on Thursday to be repatriated as soon as possible. The campaign was started on Twitter by web users in the Netherlands, many of whom have also changed their social media profile picture to a black square, in solidarity with the friends and families of the 298 people who died in the crash.
STATS OF THE DAY
Shakira has become the first person to reach 100 million fans on Facebook. And to mark the occasion, the social network`s has posted a series of infographics to the Colombian singer`s page to put these figures into perspective. We learn for example that her fans would fill 1,359 Maracana stadiums in Rio, and if they all joined hands they would wrap around the world four times.
MAN DRESSES UP AS CELEBRITIES ON INSTAGRAM
Liam Martin dresses up as well-known female faces, the likes of Katy Perry, Rihanna and also Selena Gomez, adds his own unique touch and then posts the pics to Instagram. His wacky creations are available on the “Wave Rider” Instagram account which has over 1 million 400,000 followers.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
This time lapse video was produced by Spanish artist David de los Santos Gil and shows a variety of flowers coming into bloom…it makes for a stunning display, and involved 9 months’ work and some 50 000 photographs. You can see it in all its glory on the artists Vimeo page.