Sunday, 6 November 2011

Hacker group 'Anonymous' takes down Israeli army and intelligence websites

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army and intelligence agencies' websites were offline on Sunday, two days after hacker group Anonymous warned it would "strike back" for Israel's capture of Gaza-bound ships on Friday.

Anonymous, a network of online activists who have attacked government and financial websites around the world, released a statement Friday warning that the group would take action against the navy's seizure of two ships aiming to break Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip.

"Your actions are illegal, against democracy, human rights, international, and maritime laws," the statement addressed to the government of Israel and posted on Youtube and Anonymous-affiliated sites said. more

Gaza anti-blockade activists beaten when being forcibly removed from Canadian boat

LONDON, ON - A Canadian man aboard a Gaza-bound vessel was apparently beaten and injured when arrested by Israeli authorities when it was intercepted Friday, a colleagues says.

Israeli authorities on Saturday began deporting pro-Palestinian activists who tried to breach the Jewish state's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

David Heap (pictured above), Peace and Social Justice chair for the London chapter of the Council of Canadians, is still in custody at Givon prison. Heap also sits on a steering committee with People for Peace, London and teaches French studies and linguistics at the University of Western Ontario.

The Israeli navy on Friday intercepted a Canadian vessel and an Irish boat carrying 27 activists and medical supplies which had set sail from Turkey toward the Gaza Strip.

Wendy Goldsmith, of People for Peace, said the boat was intercepted 30 miles from the Gaza coast in international waters.

"Our folks peacefully refused to leave and they were violently taken off the boat and beaten but I don't know the extent of their injuries," Goldsmith said.

"David was beaten. We're pressing for independent evidence that they are okay and not hurt. They were visited by Canadian consulate authorities and all they've said is they are all right. Beyond that, our Canadian government has done nothing." more

Islamic Jihad fighter killed in airstrike east of Khan Younis

GAZA, (PIC)-- One Palestinian was killed and three others were wounded in an Israeli airstrike on Saturday evening targeting the Qarara village to the east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. The attack was followed by machinegun fire and flares in the skies of the area on the eve of Eid al-Adha.

PIC correspondent said that Israeli occupation aircraft fired two rockets at a group of resistance fighters affiliated with the Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad in the Ghawafeer neighbourhood of Qarara village eas of Khan Younis, before opening heavy machinegun fire at the area.
The airstrike and the machinegun fire resulted in the death of Abdullah Muhanna (22 years) and the wounding of three others whose wounds were described as moderate.

The Israeli occupation forces fired a third rocket while the local residents were trying to evacuate the wounded. more