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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Raz Zimmt analyzes the public struggle led by Iranian SNS users against the deeply-rooted nepotism in Iran.
Michael Barak surveys the positions of Egyptian users of SNS regarding the accomplishments of President ‘Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi after three years in office, and the general consensus surrounding al-Sisi's poor economic performance.
Moran Levanoni analyzes the release of a new single by Lebanese singer Fayrouz, now a controversial figure, despite having once been a symbol of Lebanese and Arab nationalism - partially due to her support for the Palestinian cause.
Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak evaluates the past month of Turkish turbulence, with an LGBTQ Pride Parade, an opposition leader's protest march, and the anniversary of last year’s failed coup attempt.
Dr. Raz Zimmt investigates Iranian social media responses to the annual conference of Mojahedin-e Khalq, an Iranian opposition group whose support for Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War remains a searing national trauma.
Gilad Shiloach studies the means by which ISIS maintains the threat of terrorism in areas beyond Iraq and Syria, where it is suffering territorial losses.
Raz Zimmt analyzes Iranian SNS’ responses to Hassan Rouhani’s victory in the 2017 Iranian presidential elections, and the demands for reforms that users directed at their newly re-elected president.
Ariel Koch investigates the anti-Islamic ideology of websites being used to recruit Western Christian volunteers to fight in Iraq and Syria - an ideology also reflected in violence against Muslims in Europe and North America.
Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak analyzes the social media campaign to "convert Old Turkey into Erdoğan’s New Turkey."
Dr. Michael Barak examines the reaction to the Palestinian prisoner's hunger strike on Middle Eastern social media.