This issue covers the period 4-7 October 2017. Israeli online networks were preoccupied with two topics only due to the Succoth holiday.

Firstly, Israeli online networks were concerned with the clowns on the streets, a worrying phenomenon that has recently spread throughout Israel. This week, the Israeli Police announced that they had arrested dozens of young men, some of whom were under 12 years of age, pending further investigation. These were suspected of frightening and setting in panic passers-by in various areas. Disguised in the costume of a “killer clown”, these young men intimidated people on city streets. They imitated a similar attitude on the streets and alleyways of American cities.

This issue covers the period 1-4 October 2017. Israeli online networks were preoccupied with a number of topics, including the shooting in Las Vegas.

Last Monday, a 64-year-old armed individual killed 59 people and injured 527 others in a country music concert in Las Vegas, USA. From the 32nd floor of a hotel, the shooter opened fire indiscriminately on the audience for several minutes before he killed himself.

The incident preoccupied the Israeli virtual world, where Israelis expressed their solidarity and sorrow. Others were sarcastic, however, wondering if a security siege would be imposed on Las Vegas like Israel does when a shooting takes place! 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.