Monday, 22 August 2011

Egyptian hacker carries out successful attack on Netanyahu's website

An Egyptian hacker managed on Sunday to hack into the website of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and placed a picture of Egyptian soldiers raising the Egyptian flag in Sinai during the October, 6, 1973, on the sites’ homepage.

The hack came a few days after the Israeli army shot and killed five Egyptian soldiers across the border, following the Eilat shooting. Eight Israeli soldiers were killed and 30 others were wounded when Palestinian gunmen infiltrated into Eilat and opened fire at a military bus, and a number of vehicles.

The hacker who managed to penetrate the webpage of Netanyahu wrote “Anti Zionism”; the site was then gradually taken offline.

The hack is seen as a symbolic message to Netanyahu regarding the ongoing Israeli military escalation, and illegal occupation of Palestine and Arab territory.

The hacker also wrote “Egypt is the greatest civilization, established more than 7000 years ago, but the terrorist state of Israel stole the Palestinian lands, and killed children”. more

Head of Egypt's military government blocked recall of ambassador to Israel

Field Marshall Muhammad Tantawi, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the
Armed Forces [MaanImages]

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A last minute decision by Egypt's military government head Muhammad Tantawi halted the recall of Egypt's ambassador to Israel, Israel's Hebrew-language daily said Monday.

Amb. Yasser Rida, "had already packed," when Field Marshall Tantawi overruled the Egyptian Prime Minister's decision, report said.

Tantawi is head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has governed Egypt since former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.

Egypt's cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, opted to withdraw the ambassador, the report said, following the killing of five Egyptian soldiers by Israeli forces pursuing assailants in Thursday's attacks in southern Israel.

Tantawi summoned Sharaf to request overturning the decision, Maariv reported. more

Gaza infrastructure takes pounding as sewage pumps, clinic and government buildings hit

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A physiotherapy clinic, sewerage pump, civil society organizations and government buildings have been damaged in Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip since Thursday, witnesses and officials said.

Israeli warplanes have bombarded the coastal enclave for three days in what the military says is a response to a deadly attack in southern Israel on Thursday.

Fourteen Palestinians were killed and more than 40 wounded in a series of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip.

A specialist physiotherapy clinic in Gaza City funded by the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries was amongst the buildings seriously damaged in the assault, witnesses said.

The clinic was the first of its kind in Gaza and run by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.

An electricity generator and four water pumps for the sewerage system in An-Nuseirat refugee camp were destroyed on Friday, causing power cuts in central Gaza. more

Turkey says Israeli refusal to apologise for flotilla massacre will 'not be left unanswered'

Turkey has told the U.S. that Israel’s decision not to apologize or pay compensation for the deaths of nine Turkish activists in a raid on an aid ship last year will not be left unanswered. Ankara said Israel’s stance would only naturally lead to a further deterioration in bilateral ties.

Turkey’s message came on the eve of the publication of a U.N. inquiry report on the Mavi Marmara incident and just days after Israel said its decision not to issue a formal apology was firm. According to diplomatic sources, the message has been delivered to U.S. officials many times over the months, but Israel’s recent public statement about the issue made it essential to send it once again. “The Americans have been involved in this process for so long. We are sure they will be working until the last moment” to convince Israel to issue an apology, sources told the Hürriyet Daily News over the weekend.

The deadline is Aug. 23, the date when the U.N. panel will publish its report on the incident...

... Among the steps Turkey is considering to take if Israel rejects apologizing and paying compensation are downgrading diplomatic representation to the level of second secretary, suspending all political and economic relations. Furthermore, a visit to Gaza by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is also considered in this context, as it would further complicate breaking Israel’s blockade on the enclave. Also, Turkey is likely to be among the countries that will strongly support Palestine’s U.N. bid. more