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12 D+C Vol.42.2015:1 Saed Karzoun from Ramallah has lots of ideas. His project called Blog Bus is quite popular. Young bloggers, citizen journalists or Facebook activists travel the country in a coach that has internet access. “We discuss beforehand what topics we will be discussing in any given place,” says Karzoun. “It should be something that matters in people’s lives and that the media have an im- pact on. We want to make things pub- lic.” The activists produce video clips, conduct interviews, take photo- graphs, and write tweets and posts. Sharek Youth Forum and Taghyeer for Social Media, two Palestinian non-governmental agencies, contrib- ute funding. The Blog Bus’ first trip took the young netizens to the Jordan Valley. Normally, the media do not go there, says Karzoun, who is 29 years old. Some 50 web activists visited West Bank villages. The Palestinian Terri- tories are occupied by Israel. Ever more people have been chased from their fertile land in recent years. The UN Development Programme stated in a report in 2012 that the occupa- tion of the Jordan Valley is undermin- ing people’s livelihoods. They lack access to resources and land, accord- ing to the authors. Muhammed Abu Allan partici­ pated in the research trip. Later, his blog BahrakYaYafa (literally: “Your Sea, Jaffa” ) included stories on life in the occupied Territories. He and oth- er activists also assess Palestinian leaders critically however. The author­ities’ pledge to connect villag- es to the power grid remains unful- filled. Support that was pledged for providing animal feed has never ma- terialised either. Blogging for change Palestine’s people are mostly young, and that is reflected in the way they use the media. Young Palestinians rely on the internet to get informed, and bloggers play a crucial role. By Mona Naggar Mysorekar The wall on the West Bank.

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