The online fight-back

With a truce between Hamas and Israel coming into force today, the sad likelihood of it lasting is virtually nil, but at least death and destruction will be on hold. For now (until Israel decides to properly re-invade Gaza.)

Meanwhile, Palestinian militants are taking their battle into cyberspace:

The Palestinian Islamist movement, Islamic Jihad, has added a cyber-war division to its armed Al-Quds Brigades.

It was a response to years of attacks by Israeli hackers, and according to the Brigades spokesman, Abu Hamza, it equals the playing field in cyber-space.

“The Israeli’s have worked very hard the past few years on monitoring all the Palestinian websites, especially those of Islamic Jihad and Al-Quds Brigades,” Hamza told MENASSAT.

“They (Israeli hackers) hacked these websites and erased them from the electronic boards or even added indecent pictures to them,” he said.

Hamza told MENASSAT that the Brigades had to establish an e-media military unit “because we had to fight the enemy in the electronic media to resist being assaulted on two fronts – physically and virtually.”


The e-media military unit told the London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat in March that it had hacked several Israeli websites, uploading pictures on them of Al-Quds Brigades’ martyrs and songs associated with Islamic Jihad.

“We hacked the Yediot Ahronot and Maariv newspapers, and put pictures of our martyrs like Hassan Shakoura on their sites,” Hamza said.

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