Israel’s dirty war

[Repressive ethnic wars, designed for mass displacement and elimination, are characterized by their indiscriminate targeting and by their use of weapons which combine their military purposes with malevolent political objectives of humiliation, de-humanization through inducing disease and transforming verdant lands into toxic wastes.  Here is a report on recent Israeli (and Egyptian) attack methods against Palestine.  — Frontlines ed.]
David Polden, Peace News

While Palestinian prisoners continue hunger strikes against their detention without trial, Israeli and Egyptian forces are using sewage against Palestinians.

Ayman Sharawna (PN 2552-53), hospitalised after a seven-month hunger strike, has agreed to confinement in Gaza for 10 years in return for his release. However, Samer Issawi, 240 days into his hunger strike, announced on 18 March that he had refused a similar deal.

Middle East News reported that, on 6 March, Israeli forces sprayed Palestinian homes in the village of Nabi Saleh with raw sewage as a punishment for organising weekly protests against the ‘separation wall’.

Since February, Egyptian security forces have been flooding tunnels into Gaza with sewage. The tunnels, which are illegal, are a vital trade route for Gaza, breaching the Israeli blockade.

“Hacktivists” disable Israeli military websites; not so, its just a computer crash, says government

[Recently the “hacktivist” group “Anonymous” announced they would carry out a cyber-hacker attacks on  Israeli government and military websites in response to the ongoing Israeli blockade of Gaza, and the stoppage of the latest of humanitarian aid flotillas to Gaza.  Today, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported government confirmation that their websites had gone down, but denied that it was a “hacktivist” attack, saying it was only a technical failure.  Hmmm. — Frontlines ed.]


Israel government denies cyber-attack, says malfunction brought down websites

Websites of IDF, Mossad, Shin Bet security service and government ministries crash following hacking group’s threat to retaliate for Gaza flotilla interception.

By Oded Yaron , Ha’aretz


The Israeli government denied on Sunday that a cyber-attack was the reason several websites went down, including those of the IDF, Mossad, Shin Bet security service and government ministries. IDF spokesman said there was most likely a malfunction with the servers.

The government Facebook page posted a message saying: “Due to a systematic malfunction of the (government website system’s) servers, some of the government websites and services have not been accessible in the last few hours.” Carmela Avner, head of the government website system, said that “this is a technical problem that is being handled by all relevant means and all resources are being used …to fix the problem.”

The websites’ crash came after the international cabal of hackers known as Anonymous threatened a cyber-attack on the Israeli government’s computers in response to its interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla on Friday.

In a video that was uploaded to YouTube, Anonymous warns that if the siege on Gaza is maintained, it will have no choice but to go on the attack.

Anonymous said that if the siege continues and Israeli forces intercept additional flotillas, or if they conduct additional operations such as the commandeering of the Mavi Marmara, it will have no alternative but to launch repeated cyber-attacks on Israeli computer systems until the siege ends.

Israeli siege affecting Gaza wheelchair maintenance

AlJazeeraEnglish  |   October 18, 2010

The Gaza Strip has around 16,000 registered wheelchair users or one per cent of its population.

An aid delivery is the only way for electric wheelchairs to come in. But it’s not enough, and the Israeli embargo also makes it hard to repair them.

Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba reports.