Palestinian hashtag trends taking off as the conflict escalates
A Palestinian protester hurls a stone toward Israeli troops during clashes near a border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Oct. 14, 2015 east of Bureij in central Gaza. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
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Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians show no signs of slowing down, and with more news of the conflict come more social media trends.
Twitter users online have taken full advantage of hashtags to get their viewpoints heard, especially Palestine's supporters. Millenials, for one, are more outraged against Gaza incidents and tend to reject Washington's Israeli alliances, reports show. The younger generation also tends to be more active on social media.
Here are just a handful of hashtags beginning to take off.
#PalestineDayofAction: On Wednesday college students in the US held demonstrations for the International Day of Action for Palestine, campaigning for Palestinian rights and creating the hashtag. Social media users across the country uploaded photos and videos to raise awareness.
#PalestineUnderAttack and #IsraelUnderAttack: These are pretty self-explanatory, depending on which side you land.
#SolidarityWaveBDS: Supporters of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel are urging more actions against the country's economy with a new wave of protests this week.
#Justice4Rasmea and #FreeRasmeaNow: Rasmea Odeh is a woman who became a symbol for Palestinian rights when she was sentenced to jail for lying on her naturalization papers. The US appeals court in Cincinatti, Ohio, will be hearing her case Wednesday.
Odeh failed to disclose a conviction she received in Israel, but her lawyers argue she was denied a fair trial; the judge refused to grant her an expert witness on her post-traumatic stress disorder, which potentially would have made her avoid recalling her experience in Israeli prison.
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