As the temperature of the existential conflict between Israel and Iran has gone up, peace activists in Israel have tried to make their movement more visible.
Ronny Edry, a graphic artist from Tel Aviv, has created a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/israellovesiran that has garnered 81,000 likes so far and gets 2 million looks per week.
The site encourages Internet surfers from Israel, Iran and any other country to upload pictures with their own anti-war captions. Edry wants to move this campaign from the Internet to the public with posters and bus advertisements.
To fund this bus and poster poublicity, he has opened a campaign on Indiegogo, a global fundraising platform, to drum up $150,000 for the posters and for advertising space. Contributions can be made at http://igg.me/p/212665.
A complete article about Edry and the movement can be read on Haaretz .
At the same time, Hamas Islamists have started a wave of censorship of Internet access in Gaza, ostensibly to protect the population against ideas that are immoral; a full article is available on the Jerusalem Post
Jordan, probably the most moderate of all Arab countries, is moving to restrict free speech on the Internet.
"many Jordanians were surprised at the government's announcement this August that it would be amending the country's notorious Press and Publications law to include articles that would seek to restrict Internet freedoms. The draft legislation includes articles that would hold online media accountable for any comments left by their readers, and would prohibit them from publishing any comments deemed irrelevant to the published article. Moreover, online media organizations would also be required to archive all comments left on their sites for at least six months."
The full article is readable at Foreign Policy