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, Dr. Raz Zimmt, and Smadar Shaul.
Beehive: Middle East Social Media
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Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak examines the discourse on Turkish social media concerning the recent arrest of Turkish academics who had participated in the 2013 Gezi Park protests, and the parallels that some users drew between that demonstration and the massive Yellow Vest protests in France.
“Bots,” arrests and the connection between them: the Modus Operandi of Mohammed bin Salman’s regime in Saudi power struggles
Nachum Shiloh analyzes the modus operandi on social media of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his allies and opponents.
“First of all, I am an Egyptian citizen, and afterwards a Christian”: The Coptic Church in Egypt between religion and politics, as reflected on social media
Michael Barak reviews the public discourse among the Coptic community on Egyptian social networking sites, which concerns the involvement of the church and its leader Patriarch Theodore II in political issues.
Sarah Hassnaoui takes a look at the ambivalence that the Kingdom of Morocco demonstrates towards freedom of expression in Morocco.
This article by Raz Zimmt reviews the public discourse on Iranian social networks concerning the second round of sanctions led by the United States against the Islamic Republic.
“Live with them Equitably”: Al-Azhar Institute & Social Networks as Platforms for Lowering the Divorce Rate in Egypt
Michael Barak analyzes the online campaign led by the Al-Azhar Institute, with the encouragement of the Egyptian government, to reduce the high divorce rate in Egypt, and the ambivalent attitudes among Egyptians users of social media towards the campaign.
Ariel Koch exposes the activity of Balushi terrorist organizations in Sistan-Baluchistan in Iran, and the way that they have adopted the ideology of Salafi-Jihadi organizations, most significantly that of al-Qaeda.
Increases in Anti-American & Anti-Israeli Sentiment in Turkey following the Khashoggi & Brunson Cases
Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak reviews the public discourse on Turkish social networks surrounding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, the release of American pastor Andrew Brunson from a Turkish prison, and the increased antagonism towards the US and its ally, Israel.
Limor Lavie examines the stormy debate that developed on Egyptian networks after a young Egyptian woman, Mina Jubran, shared videos documenting what she considered an indecent proposal from a passerby.
Moran Levanoni examines the changes in contemporary Arabic writing as a result of the widespread use of social media platforms in the Arab world.