Israeli, Hamas Conflict Attracts Anonymous
Anonymous protesters decry any censorship against Palenstinians and offer advice for keeping them online during the conflict with Israel.Protesters claiming to be part of the Anonymous movement decried the Nov. 14 attacks by the Israeli military against the Hamas leadership allegedly responsible for hundreds of rocket attacks against Israeli civilians and offered their help to keep Palestinians online and reporting on their situation. In an online statement, Anonymous warned the Israel Defense Force (IDF) not to cut off Palestinians in Gaza from being able to get their message out to the world, although it’s unclear whether the IDF actually threatened to do so. Initial reports indicated that the most recent rocket attacks against Israel resulted in the deaths of three civilians, while Israel's counterattack, dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense, had killed 14. "To the people of Gaza and the 'Occupied Territories,' know that Anonymous stands with you in this fight," the statement read. "We will do everything in our power to hinder the evil forces of the IDF arrayed against you. 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 online protest, dubbed "OpIsrael," came after Israel launched attacks against Hamas leaders in Gaza in retaliation for the more than 100 missile and rocket attacks sent into Israel in the past week. Hamas has launched more than 500 rockets and missiles into Israel territory in 2012, according statistics compiled by the Israeli government.
"Hamas and the terror organizations decided to escalate their attacks on the citizens of Israel over the last few days," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. "We will not accept a situation in which Israeli citizens are threatened by the terror of rockets. No country would accept this, Israel will not accept it."