Anonymous, the decentralized network of hacktivists that often targets organizations accused of rights abuses or hindering freedom, posted a video to YouTube last week condemning Israel’s actions on the Gaza Strip and threatening the Israeli government with a slew of upcoming cyber attacks.
Accusing Israel of “violations of international law and crimes against humanity”, the video posted by Anonymous provides numerous examples of alleged human rights abuses perpetrated by the Israeli government or Israeli forces. Examples include prosecuting Palestinians on false charges and conducting horrifying executions. And Anonymous does not stop there – the hacktivists accuse Israel of conducting genocide and ethnic cleansing.
Anonymous calls for hackers around the world to participate in a shared cyber attack against the Israeli government. “We are calling upon the Anonymous collective and the elite hacker groups to join our crusade and to wage cyberwar against the state of Israeli once more,” the video says. Anonymous chose Friday, July 25th, to wage these attacks.
The conflict between Israel and Palestine is highly controversial and politicizing, as both sides around the world have flocked to protests and social media to express their outrage. As a decentralized network, Anonymous has few clearly defined ideological or political stances, but clearly its hacktivists vehemently oppose Israel.
With the video lacking specific details vis-à-vis the attack, the consequences of Anonymous’ actions on Friday remain to be seen.