Israel has “crossed a line in the sand” by threatening to cut off Internet and telephone service to the Gaza Strip, warned the hacktivist collective Anonymous on Wednesday.
In an online statement, the worldwide group issued orders to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and the Israeli government to cease and desist from their “terror upon the innocent people of Palestine.”
A tweet by Anonymous condemned Israel for breaking 65 United Nations resolutions without a single consequence, comparing it to Iraq, which was invaded and bombed for breaking only two resolutions.
Anonymous warned the Israeli government that they would be taking action to show their displeasure towards Israel, calling the Zionist regime “evil." Anonymous stated: “Like all the other evil governments that have faced our rage, you will not survive it unscathed.”
Further, Anonymous made a pledge to the Palestinians to support them: “We will do everything in our power to hinder the evil forces of the IDF arrayed against you.
“Know that Anonymous stands with you in this fight. We will use all our resources to make certain you stay connected to the internet and remain able to transmit your experiences to the world.”
The hackers meant every word, it seems. A “Gaza Care Package,” containing instructions in Arabic and English to assist Palestinians in the event the Israeli government threatens their Internet connection, was circulating on the Internet yesterday, along with advice on evading surveillance and first aid information.
"@LatinaAnarchist: @AnonRRD: How to Connect to the
internet when Oppressed
by ur government #GAZA: http://t.co/Zxne18zX"
The statement continued: “No matter how dark it may seem, no matter how alone and abandoned you may feel—know that tens of thousands of us in Anonymous are with you and working tirelessly around the clock to bring you every aid and assistance that we can.”
Hackers have attacked and taken down numerous Israeli websites since yesterday. According to the Express Tribune:
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 the Internet, cut off by Israel, so that communications with aid providers and rest of the world may 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/ho
Others called for help in translating Arabic to English and vice versa to keep lines of communications with Gazans open.
One Anonymous account tweeted directly to Israeli officials. One such missive to an IDF spokesperson read: “It would be wise of you to expect us.”
A statement on the webpage says, “Stop bombing Gaza. Millions of Israelis and Palestinians are lying awake, exposed and terrified.”
Message JUST IN from Gaza
... they have cut the electricity
... they say they will cut internet
... they say they will cut telephones
via: Henny Kreeft, Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy