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Daphni Leef: Media Representation of a Woman Protest Leader in Israel
The summer 2011 social protest movement in Israel was part of a wave of protest which had begun in the Arab countries and spread elsewhere. , two elements stood out: one was that this was a protest of the younger generation. The second was the involvement of women, both as participants and as leaders, even in the non-democratic countries. It appears that as leaders, the women embodied the demand for a new social order. In Israel, the protest was typified by an unprecedented citizen participation in a protest on social issues. The protest gained extensive media coverage both in the mass and new media. Daphni Leef, an unknown student, became prominent as the initiator of the protest, winning the title of the “face of the protest.” Within a short time, Leef was joined by different groups interested in making their concerns part of the public agenda. The present study focuses on media framing of protest leader Daphni Leef in online journalism in Israel. The corpus of research includes all the photos published on Walla, Mako, and ynet both of which are leading online newspapers. The research method was textual and visual analysis. Data analysis of subthemes in gender discourse relies on grounded theory. The tested items were grouped into thematic categories. These categories are supported by the findings of previous studies.The summer 2011 social protest movement in Israel was part of a wave of protest which had begun in These categories are supported by the findings of previous studies.