Beehive is a product of the Doron Halpern Middle East Network Analysis Desk (MENAD), which studies noteworthy trends on Arab, Turkish, and Iranian social media. Beehive positions these trends within a broader context and provides an up-to-date perspective on issues that are being actively discussed by the people of the region. Advanced tools allow the Center's researchers to focus only on discussions that are significant in terms of their duration as well as the number of participants. It is edited by Dr. Harel Chorev-Halewa and Smadar Shaul.
Beehive: Middle East Social Media
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Michael Barak reviews the discourse surrounding the arrest of a Saudi cleric, Sheikh Safar al-Hawali, in the wake of an electronic book he published, which contains advice reflecting his opposition to the domestic and foreign policy of the Saudi regime.
Ariel Koch analyzes the social media controversy that followed the Dutch Party for Freedom's declaration of a planned Prophet Muhammad caricature contest to be held in the parliament building.
Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak discusses the social media discourse surrounding the well-publicized arrest of the leader of a Turkish sect, which appears to have been timed to distract public attention from the enactment of controversial presidential decrees.
Moran Levanoni analyzes the question of whether the Syrian regime, partially in cooperation with Hezbollah, is involved in narcotics trafficking in rebel-controlled southern Syria, as an element of its overall campaign against the rebels.
Limor Lavie investigates the tension in Egypt between freedom of expression and limits imposed by government censors, as seen in the debate over a controversial movie directed by Khaled Youssef and regulatory laws currently being considered by the Egyptian Parliament.
Raz Zimmt reviews the campaign against the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation, which allegedly transfers aid money to needy people in Gaza instead of relieving the distress of Iranian citizens.
Adam Hoffman analyzes the reactions of Iraqi social media users to the democratic elections for the Iraqi parliament held in mid-May 2018.
Raz Zimmt assesses the opinions of Iranian users regarding the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement.
Michael Barak reviews the responses in the Arab world to recent events.
Guest author Dr. Tal Pavel examines how technologies developed in the West are often used by Middle Eastern states to monitor and even curtail their citizen's Internet use.