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In Lebanon, Twitter campaign puts a face on those who want to stop the violence

The ongoing #NotAMartyr campaign in Lebanon started about a week ago and is empowering those who are standing against the terror in their country by showing each other, and the world, that they are not alone.

People post selfies exclaiming that they are against the violence in Lebanon
People post selfies exclaiming that they are against the violence in Lebanon
Mohammad al-Chaar, wearing red, was murdered shortly after this photo was taken

As reported by Venetia Rainey at the Daily Star on Saturday, the social media campaign was "sparked by a series of deadly car bombs" that have rocked the country.

Mohammad al-Chaar, 16, has been a high-profile victim of the terror, as reported by the Mirror. The teenager was sitting with friends (see photo taken shortly before his death) when a car-bomb exploded behind him, killing him.

The al-Qaeda linked extremists, the Abdullah Azzam brigades, is a group "named after a Palestinian jihadist ideologue," and has been terrorizing Lebanon. They claimed responsibility for bombing Iran's Beirut embassy, an attack that killed 23 people in November.

As reported Saturday at the BBC,

"...a Salafist cleric close to the Brigades warned attacks would continue in Lebanon until Iranian and Hezbollah forces stopped fighting alongside government forces in Syria, and the Sunni group's prisoners were released in Lebanon."

For those who want to live in a peaceful and prosperous Lebanon, the initiative is simple. It started by Tarek Wheibi and some "interesting people" who were frustrated by the violence, as explained on his blog, Dream of Change. He wrote in part,

"We have to break this norm, that when a bomb goes off and people die we just go about with our lives."

The trend took off and has been going strong ever since. Many people started posting photos of themselves expressing their fears and anger over the state of Lebanon. A Facebook page has attracted over 5,500 "likes" at the time of this writing, and states in part,

"We are angry, sad, and frustrated with the current situation in our country. But we are not hopeless."

It is difficult to comprehend living under the constant fear of a minority of radicals, whose warped interpretation of Islam justifies the slaughter of innocents.

As reported at the Examiner, "at least" twelve people have been murdered in the past two weeks by Islamic extremists, and a library run by a priest was torched over the weekend, destroying "irreplaceable ancient Muslim and Christian texts and manuscripts" due to a perceived anti-Islam bias.

Follow Renee Nal on Twitter @ReneeNal and Facebook.

Check out her news and political commentary on Liberty Unyielding, Gather and for news you won't find in the mainstream media. Renee is also a guest blogger for the Shire Blog.

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