Blogs estão colocando libaneses e israelenses em contato. Uma forma de instaurar um diálogo oficialmente impossível, mas não nas malhas do ciberespaço. Vejam Blogging Under The Radar


As War Raged, Lebanese and Israelis Found Common Ground
By Delphine Schrank
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 28, 2006; Page C01

The fragile cease-fire still holds, but for wary Lebanese and Israelis the barrage of noise continues — in cyberspace. By provoking a trade in words, the 33-day war in Lebanon didn’t just wreak death and destruction. It also helped knock down a wall of silence.

“I think it’s the start of something. In a way, it’s a revolution,” said Mustapha Hamoui, the blogger behind Beirut Spring. “Communication is never bad. It’s better to tell someone, ‘I hate you.’ Then you have to ask, ‘Why do you hate?’ Then you have to have a conversation.”

The Lebanese government forbids its citizens contact with Israelis. But keeping a lid on the Internet is a bit like trying to shovel sand with a sieve. And in the midst of war, scouring online for views from the other side has been one way for Lebanese and Israelis to alleviate the terrible sense of the impotence of standing by as their countries bled. Thousands of people, often posting in English, seem compelled to try to make some sense of the chaos — or, through personal narratives, to help debunk stereotypes and misperceptions.

“Bloggers from both sides of the border . . . have been providing live updates, commenting on one another’s blogs and sometimes linking to posts by bloggers on the other side of the border,” wrote Lisa Goldman, a Canadian-Israeli blogger and journalist, on her site On the Face six days into the war. “Will this turn out to be the first time that residents of ‘enemy’ countries engaged in an ongoing conversation while missiles were falling?”