As Israel attacks Gaza, Palestinians find an unlikely ally

Published: November 15, 2012

Anonymous takes down Israeli Ministry of Defense website.

Facing the brunt of Israeli missiles and a stifling blockade as part of a new offensive in the Gaza strip, Palestinians have started receiving some help from an unlikely quarter, hacktivist group Anonymous.

The group, which has in recent years emerged as global political force with a view to resist oppression, started their latest campaign, #OpIsrael in response to Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense.

Initial skirmishes for Anonymous have echoed both aspects of their hacktivist moniker.

The group managed to deface a top Israeli security and surveillance website http://falcon-s.co.il. The account @Op_Israel tweeted:

“Hacked http://falcon-s.co.il | Top Israel Security & Surveillance | Stop bombing #Gaza#OpIsrael#GazaUnderAttack#Anonymous

In its second salvo, it managed to take down the website of the Israel Ministry of Defense, IDF.il. @AnonymousPress tweeted:

“idf.il [Israeli Defence Forces] #Up & #DOWN | #OpIsrael |#Anonymous

Though another twitter account linked to the group tweeted that defacing or taking down websites was not a priority for the group, rather it was ensuring that Palestinians on the ground had access to internet, cut off by Israel, so that communications with aid providers and rest of the world continue unhampered.

“Taking down websites is not a priority at the moment. Ensuring internet access to get information out of Gaza is the #1 priority.”

Multiple accounts linked to the group or supporting the group tweeted online tutorials on how to stay connected to the internet when the government shuts down internet service providers.

#ProTip: How To Remain Connected If Your Internet Gets Shut Off http://www.movements.org/how-to/entry/how-to-prepare-for-an-internet-connection-cut-off/ … #Gaza#GazaUnderAttack#OpIsrael#Anonymous#RETWEET

While others called for help in translating Arabic to English and vice versa to keep lines of communications with Gazans open.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Jewcifer
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:41AM

    Israel is paralyzed by their websites going down?

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  • Doug
    Nov 15, 2012 - 9:54PM

    @Jewcifer:
    Know but anyway to annoy it is good

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  • Sider of Anonymous!
    Nov 16, 2012 - 7:16AM

    keep it up Anoynomous!
    They now need these type of doses.
    Same was happening in Libya and is happening in Pakistan nowadays.

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  • peter
    Nov 16, 2012 - 1:07PM

    Bravo, Anonymous!

    And what is “unlikely” about this ally of human rights / opponent of repression?

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  • Esmeralda
    Nov 16, 2012 - 2:23PM

    Keep going on anons!

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  • Barry
    Nov 16, 2012 - 5:31PM

    @peter:
    you are totally ignorant or else completely hypocritical.

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  • Israeli
    Nov 18, 2012 - 2:17AM

    @Jewcifer:
    No.

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  • Architect
    Nov 20, 2012 - 4:48AM

    Forbes.com reports that another
    message attributed to Pakistani
    Anonymous hackers, said, “The people
    of Pakistan are always supporting the
    brave people of Gaza, we love you!”

    We love u too “Anonymous”

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