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Anonymous Declares Nonviolent War On Israeli Cyberspace

When I heard about the latest outbreak of bombings on Gaza, in my powerless frustration I wished for an Off Switch.  If only we (collective we) could hold hostage some precious cargo (ports? weapons labs? Twinkies?), maybe we could force the airstrikes to cease.  Better yet, Israel might experience a sudden change of heart about the whole occupation thing, dissolving itself as a state entirely.

Improbable, I know.  But just as I was resigning myself to small-but-spirited Free Palestine demos and perhaps the long, slow Boycott-Divest-Sanction approach, along came this video.  Imagine my surprise to see my personal-political Off Switch fantasy seemingly / potentially / damn-for-Real? realized on YouTube by Anonymous.

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There are many conversations we could have about Israel and Palestine.  One premise that seems important to remember, being that this is the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, is that official war — bombs and missiles — is not the only destroyer of peace.  Occupation also destroys peace.  Exploitation also destroys peace.  Domination destroys peace.  Knowing this, we see how neither the low-budget rockets launched into Israel nor the multi-million-dollar “Pillar of Clouds” attack on Gaza is disrupting peace — since true peace has not existed in occupied Palestine for a long time.

Jihad Masharawi weeps while he holds the body of his 11-month old son, Ahmad, at Shifa hospital following an Israeli air strike on their family house, in Gaza City.

When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing… You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying someone else’s land. That’s not defense. Call it what you like, it’s not defense.” ~ Noam Chomsky

In our many-lifetimes-into-the-future, collective effort to bring about real peace, BPF has taken a special interest in nonviolent action.  A few months from now, during The System Stinks trainings, we’ll be able to dig in more deeply, together, on the subject of nonviolent resistance — busting a few myths and really challenging ourselves.  We can hardly wait!

Until then, I’d love to know what people think of Anonymous’ tactic as an example of aggressive nonviolent action.  As a political Buddhist or spiritual freedom fighter, could you see yourself participating in such a tactic, if you had the computer skills?  Do you have thoughts about the efficacy of such a tactic?  Or its wisdom in other respects?  Please share so we can learn from each other!

metta and solidarity,


Anonymous #OpIsrael

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Greetings Citizens of the world, this is Anonymous. It has come to our attention that the Israeli government has ignored repeated warnings about the abuse of human rights, shutting down the internet in Israel and mistreating its own citizens and those of its neighboring countries. November 2012 will be a month to remember for the Israeli defense forces and internet security forces. We will strike any and all websites that we deem to be in Israeli Cyberspace in retaliation for the mistreating of people in Gaza and other areas. Anonymous has been watching you, and you have received fair warning of our intent to seize control of your cyberspace in accordance with basic humanitarian rights of free speech and the right to live. As of 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time, the number of attacked Israeli websites is approximately 10,000. The further assault on the people of Gaza, people of Palestine or any other group will be treated as a violation of the Anonymous Collectives intent to protect the people of the World. Israel, it is in your best interest to cease and desist any further military action or your consequence will become worse with each passing hour. This is a message from Anonymous Op Israel, Danger Hackers, Anonymous Special Operations and the Anonymous Collective of the entire planet. We will treat each additional death as a personal attack on Anonymous and you will be dealt with swiftly and without warning. Our hearts are with the women, children and families that are suffering at this very moment, as a direct result of the Israeli Governments misuse of its military. Brothers and sisters of Anonymous, we urge you to protest the Israeli Government and any associated hostile forces. Now is the time for anonymous to help the people that are hurting. Help the people that are being taken advantage of. Help the ones that are dying and it will further the collective as a whole and we can help bring a peace within the Gaza region to those people that so desperately need it. We call on the Anonymous Collective to hack, deface, docks, hijack, database leak, admin takeover, four oh four and DNS terminate the Israeli Cyberspace by any means necessary. To the Israeli Government, Anonymous has grown tired of your bullying, and now you will see the result of your actions. Cyber war has been declared on Israel cyber space and you will see exactly what we are capable of. Israel, the angel of death has been called to your cyberspace. We are Anonymous. We are legion. Expect us and Respect us.





Comments (1)

  • Katie Loncke

    Two notes:

    One, even if the Anonymous video is just bluffing, I think the idea of a relatively small group of experts being able to exert pressure on the apparatus of a nation-state (the Off Switch idea) is a rich question to consider. Ordinarily I’m kind of turned off by the ‘savior’ approach, which seems a pretty strong theme of Anonymous’ statement, because I worry that it actually thwarts the development of mass power. Frankly, a lot of Anonymous’ politics remain unclear, so their solidarity measures may be tough to predict in many cases, no? And at the same time, in moment of emergency, hey.

    Two, here is another example of solidarity in Gaza:

    About 500 Egyptian activists have crossed into Gaza to deliver medical supplies and show support for Palestinians facing an Israeli offensive.

    For me, comparing the two examples raises questions about what solidarity actually looks like. Is it about having similar experiences (the Egyptian people having courageously fought to depose their own oppressive regime), or about shared analysis and aims? Both?

    Sorry, I’m also sick today, so thoughts may be emerging in a jumbled way. Very much open to pushback, feedback, etc.

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