Israeli ministry, Mossad websites hit by pro-Palestinian hackers
The websites of Israel’s Ministry of Military Affairs and spy agency, Mossad, have been targeted by Anonymous hackers as the group launched a cyber attack campaign against Israeli websites.
The hacking group, Anonymous, launched a cyber attack campaign targeting Israeli regime websites to protest against Tel Aviv’s policy towards the Palestinians.
Anonymous has vowed to “erase” Israel from the Internet by disabling Israeli websites during an operation called ‘Op-Israel.’
Several Israeli websites reported slowdowns on Saturday night. The websites of Israel’s Bureau of Statistics and the Education Ministry were down on Sunday, but Israeli officials claimed that the sites were temporarily out of action “because of a technical fault” and that the hackers have failed to cause serious disruption.
The two websites, however, were among the 1,300 Israeli websites listed by Anonymous as targets.
Several privately owned sites have also come under attack. According to Israeli daily Haaretz, hackers have also attacked almost 19,000 Israeli Facebook accounts on Sunday.
“You have NOT stopped your endless human right violations. You have NOT stopped illegal settlements. You have NOT respected the ceasefire. You have shown that you do NOT respect international law,” Anonymous said in a statement referring to the Israeli regime.
“This is why on April 7, elite cyber-squadrons from around the world have decided to unite in solidarity with the Palestinian people against Israel as one entity to disrupt and erase Israel from the cyberspace,” the Anonymous statement added.
Jewish settlers spray racist graffiti on walls of Mosques in Tuku town
BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Extremist Jewish settlers spray-painted at dawn Sunday racist slurs and threats against the Palestinians on the walls of two Mosques in Tuku town southeast of Bethlehem city.
Head of the municipal council in Tuku Tayseer Abu Mufreh reported that settlers from Tuku settlement spray-painted hostile remarks against the Palestinians and David stars on the external wall of the two Mosque.
Abu Mufreh added that the settlers also attacked some property, including two cars, in the town.
The official said the Jewish settlers had threatened three days ago to prevent the Palestinian workmen from entering Tuku settlement and to use force to end retaliatory attacks by Palestinian young men.
The Islamic-Christian Commission denounces settlers’ attack on two mosques
NABLUS, (PIC)– The Islamic-Christian commission for the support of Jerusalem and holy sites condemned the Israeli settlers’ attack on two Palestinian mosques in Bethlehem.
The settlers sprayed hate and racist graffiti on the Salah al-Din al-Ayoubi and Bilal bin Rabah mosques in Tekoa village near Bethlehem.
The commission considered, in a press statement on Sunday, the settlers’ attack as “a flagrant violation of the international law, freedom of worship, and the obligations of Israel as the occupying power in Palestine”.
The Islamic-Christian commission charged that the Israeli settlers’ repeated attacks on places of worship in Jerusalem are in violation of heavenly religions and the international laws and norms.
It stressed the need to put an end to the Israeli violations and practices against the Palestinian people, properties, and the Islamic and Christian holy sites.
Palestinian land annexed by settlements increased by 182% in two decades
BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Data published by a Palestinian research institute specialized in monitoring settlement activities in the occupied West Bank revealed that Palestinian land annexed by settlements has increased by 182 per cent in the past two decades.
Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) noted in a report that the area annexed by Israeli settlements has increased from 69 km² in 1990, to 194.7 km² in 2012.
The number of Israeli settlers went from 240,000 in 1990 to more than 693,000 in 2012, – an increase of 189%, ARIJ added.
It said: “Since Netanyahu came to power in March 2009, he has offered no viable alternatives to the status-quo in the occupied Palestinian territory, nor has he ever addressed the Palestinians as equal partners in the peace process.”
“He actively spurns peace by continuing and expanding construction activities in the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, especially focusing on Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem”.
The report added that although Netanyahu declared in November 2009 a ten-month settlement freeze in West Bank, beginning in December 2009 until September 2010, various Israeli ministries and bodies published plans for building 25,000 housing units in West Bank settlements during that period.
“99% of the plans were issued for Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and settlements located in the Western Segregation Zone, (the area Israel seeks to annex through the construction of the Segregation Wall), as well as for Israeli settlements located in existing major settlement blocs.”
ARIJ noted: “By continuing construction in settlement blocs surrounding Jerusalem, Israel is aiming to cut off the city from the rest of the West Bank Governorates. To that end, Israel wants to maintain control over the five major Israeli settlement blocs in the West Bank to ensure that it remains a predominantly Jewish state.”
IOF soldiers break into homes, shops in Al-Khalil
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Al-Khalil city and nearby villages and broke into houses and shops on Sunday morning.
Eyewitnesses told the PIC that IOF soldiers in five patrols burst into three suburbs in the city and forced their way into houses and shops and searched them.
They said that other IOF soldiers stormed the nearby villages of Beit Ummar and Halhul for the same purpose.
The witnesses said that the soldiers confiscated computers from homes and shops stormed in Namera suburb in Al-Khalil city.
IOF soldiers expel farmers from east Yatta land
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) expelled Palestinian farmers and shepherds from Um Khawas areas to east of Yatta town, south of Al-Khalil, on Saturday afternoon.
Local sources said that the soldiers assaulted the farmers and shepherds and pointed guns at them and forced them out of the land after quarrels.
The sources noted that foreign peace activists intervened to prevent the soldiers from arresting a number of farmers.
They said that the soldiers threatened to fire live bullets at the farmers and ordered them out of the area at the pretext that it was “state land”.