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Gazan Youth Use Internet to Phone-bank for Obama

According to a report by Al Jazeera English (see video here) Palestinian youth are using the Internet to run an informal phone bank to call voters in the US before every primary in order to convince them to vote for Barack Obama.

The organizer of the international phone-banking initiative, Ibrahim Abu Jayab, age 23, brings a group of 17 friends to a cybercafé in Gaza before every US primary to use Internet telephony to randomly call numbers in the state where the primary is being held and ask citizens to vote for Obama. Mr. Abu Jayab’s motivation for taking part in this action is that he believes that as president Senator Obama would have a positive impact on the Middle East peace process.

Given the prevalence of pro-Israel sentiment in American public opinion and the generally negative media portrayal of Palestine, it is not clear whether receiving a phone call from a Palestinian youth would encourage or discourage and American voter to support Obama, but the perspective of international phone advocacy, facilitated by low-cost internet telephony tools like Skype, presents an intriguing (and little-explored) are of digital activism.


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One Response to “Gazan Youth Use Internet to Phone-bank for Obama”

  1. Bernice Massardo Says:

    The articticle I read did not surprise me at all. I have from the beginning have been suspicious. Obamas past suggestes his beliefes and hatred for USA. We are in BIG trouble if people are taken in by his chraisma. Not much different then Hitler. Wake up America!!!!