They could have attacked Syria for killing its own people. They could have attacked Iran for threatening to nuke another nation. They could have attacked Saudi Arabia for being the only country in the world to ban women from driving.
But no. The internet group Anonymous have decided the only democracy in the Middle East is worse than all of the above. They’ve spent the last 24 hours taking down various Israel-related web material.
Anonymous: You Suck. Worse than that, you make no sense. You spend so much time campaigning for free speech (and I have applauded you for doing so). Yet you go after Israel – the one place in the whole of the Middle East where free speech isn’t just a concept but a day to day, living reality. You’ve even managed to attract praise from those who hate free speech (namely Hamas official Ihab Al- Ghussian).
Anonymous’ reasons for attacking Israel are threefold. Firstly: “Numerous human rights violations”. Yet in Israel, there are numerous human rights groups operating freely and an independent judiciary including the Supreme Court where citizens can (and in the past have) got politicians locked up! Such a system in almost any other Middle East nation is completely laughable where politicians are in no way directly accountable to their people.
The second reason given for attacking Israel was: “You have not stopped illegal settlements.” Actually, they did. For 10 months in 2010. They stopped building because the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas had said if Israel stopped building, he would return to talks. Did he return to talks? No. This (as the kids would say) is an epic fail.
Thirdly, Anonymous said they attacked Israel because: “You have not respected the ceasefire.” You have to wonder where they are getting their information from at this point. Rockets? Gaza? Anyone? I’m running out of energy and can barely be bothered to give more than one word answers. Sorry.
And finally (the end is in sight) “You have shown that you do not respect international law.”
Ah that old catchphrase the anti Zionists can’t get enough of. What does international law say? It says you must distinguish between combatants and civilians (Hamas fail), be proportional in balancing your objective with the likelihood of civilian casualties (Hamas fail) and act with humanity (Hamas fail). Israel comes out on top again. Sorry Anon.
Yitzhak Ben Yisrael from Israel’s National Cyber Bureau, makes an excellent point. As well as announcing hackers had mostly failed to shut down key sites, he said: “Anonymous doesn’t have the skills to damage the country’s vital infrastructure. And if that was its intention, then it wouldn’t have announced the attack ahead of time. It wants to create noise in the media about issues that are close to its heart.”
What’s funny about this entire scenario is top level Israelis are practically thanking Anonymous for the attack:
Shlomi Dolev, an expert on network security and cryptography at Ben Gurion University said: “It is a good test for our defense systems and we will know better how to deal with more serious threats in the future.”
That roughly translates as “This is a feeble attempt to attack us. We’re the experts on cyber security (just ask Iran). But we’re grateful for the reminder that cyber warfare is real, and when a decent enemy finally arises, it’ll be a fairer fight. And we’ll win.”