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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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.
Dr. Raz Zimmt analyzes the Iranian reaction to the new Hamas charter, which called for a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders.
Adam Hoffman takes a look at how some Syrian social media users viewed the American missile strike in Syria.
Michael Barak analyzes the outrage expressed by Palestinians against the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhun, tempered by the reluctance by some segments to condemn the Assad regime itself.
Raz Zimmt argues that Iranians are opposed to the chemical attack in Syria but are doubtful of U.S President Donald Trump's policy.