Since November 14, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said over 60 million cyberattacks targeted government web sites. Countermeasures foiled most of them, he claimed.
The online activist group Anonymous said it hacked dozens of Israeli state agency sites and a major bank. It claims 650 were disabled or defaced.
Anonymous #OpIsrael declared cyberwar. It retaliated against Israel's "barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people" and for "publicly threaten(ing) to sever all Internet and other telecommunications into and out of Gaza."
"NO ONE shuts down the Internet on our watch," it added. A YouTube video said:- Advertisement -
"We call on the Anonymous Collective to hack, deface, docks, hijack, database leak, admin takeover, four oh four and DNS terminate the Israeli Cyberspace by any means necessary."
"To the Israeli Government, Anonymous has grown tired of your bullying, and now you will see the result of your actions. Cyber war has been declared on Israel cyber space and you will see exactly what we are capable of."
Pre-dawn Wednesday, Anonymous hijacked Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom's Twitter account. It tweeted "END THE OCCUPATION. FREE PALESTINE. PALESTINE WE LOVE YOU."
On November 20, Mondoweiss published a letter from Khan Yunis to the world. Maissa Abdul-Halim wrote it. She's an Al-Aqsa University student. She could die any moment, she said. She wanted others to hear her words and act.
"Our blood is being shed every day," she said, "and the world has yet to learn that we are human beings."