As Israel continues its attack on Gaza, Jordanian bloggers move beyond condemning the violence and translate their words and feelings into action. A 7iber/Action Committee campaign to collect donations spirals beyond what was planned by its organizers, as The Black Iris reports:
I remember seeing the sheer volume of donations piled up in mountains, sprawled across the warehouse floor.
The next day was New Year’s Eve but we managed to get just enough people, arriving in different shifts throughout the day, to help sorting. This process has taken about four days as of now.
We are talking about roughly 40 tons of donations.
All collected in 48 hours, if not less.
Blogger Ali, among others, was actively involved in the campaign and he provides a detailed account of the sheer magnitude of the campaign along with videos of the event.
The feelings of Jordanians are also echoed by companies supporting their efforts to send aid to Gaza. Jordan Journals mentions efforts by Pharmacy One to collect medical supplies, which was an initiative of blogger Southern Muslimah. 7iber and the Action Committee report that their donations campaign could not have succeeded if not for the help of Aramex, Cozmo shopping center, and various food and beverage outlets which supported them throughout their hard work.
In addition to sending aid to Gaza, Jordanian bloggers keep a close eye on traditional media coverage of the situation. Jad posts a video of Queen Noor's interview on CNN, while Lina, author of Into the Wind blog, publishes a round-up of American media treatment of the situation, and Ramzy Baroud bemoans the largely verbal reactions of world leaders.
Other bloggers focus on the involvement of their governments in the attacks on Gaza. Qwaider writes critically about the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty, while Tololy urges Jordanians and Arabs in general to shoulder their responsibility toward Palestinians. More creatively, Sha3teely mirrors these sentiments through a cartoon.