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Global: Tweeting for #Gaza

In honor of the one-year anniversary of Israel's attacks on Gaza in December 2008, a number of activists have planned a targeted “tweet for Gaza” campaign on Twitter.  The campaign, widely promoted by Twitter user nmoawad, is meant to draw attention to the current siege on Gaza, and will be implemented on Sunday, December 27, between 3pm and 7pm GMT, in an effort to make #Gaza a Twitter trending topic.

Twitter users across the globe are unifying for the cause, and although “re-tweets” are popular, a great number of people are using Twitter to share their own personal thoughts about Gaza, one year after the attacks which left 1,417 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead.  Rime Allaf, a Syrian Twitterer, explains what it means to her:

Rime Allaf shares her thoughts on Gaza

Rime Allaf shares her thoughts on Gaza

Nadine Moawad, the organizer of the campaign, is teaching Twitter in Beirut to help bring force to the campaign:

Nadine Moawad will teach Twitter campaigning locally

Nadine Moawad will teach Twitter campaigning locally

Joelle Hatem is amongst those who took the Twitter crash course.  A brand new Twitter user, she writes:

New Twitter user Joelle Hatem joins the campaign

New Twitter user Joelle Hatem joins the campaign

Twitter users are using the hashtag for spreading information as well as for sharing personal reflections of the one year commemoration of the attacks. Sayed Dhansay, in South Africa, reflects:

Twitter user "sayedm" reflects on the memory of the attacks on Gaza

Twitter user "sayedm" reflects on the memory of the attacks on Gaza

And in Brazil, Twitter user Jus_C shares his thoughts on the siege on Gaza:

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The campaign will take place on Sunday from 3pm to 7pm GMT, during Twitter's most trafficked time of day. To follow the tweets, visit the #Gaza hashtag.

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