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Of Rats and Concerned Citizens

This morning, I mentioned the IDF’s plan involving the distribution of leaflets around Gaza with a telephone number for residents to call and report on Qassam launchers. Now it seems that there has been a hitch.

A concerned Israeli has thwarted the army’s latest anti-militant initiative by hacking its ‘rocket hotline’ set up so that Palestinians in Gaza can rat on those firing projectiles at Israel, the Yediot Aharonot daily reported.


Following a week of multiple Israeli air strikes targeting rocket-firing militants in northern Gaza, the air force tried a new tactic: dropping leaflets encouraging locals to anonymously snitch on any rocket-toting militants.

 

“You fully understand the damage that the rocket fire beside your homes causes you,” the flyer says in Arabic. “Now every resident can help defend himself and his family from the damage caused by the rocket shooters!

 

“Don’t hesitate! To prevent rocket fire dial 054 691 2273 and give information about the activity of those people.”

 

But within hours, soldiers monitoring the ‘rocket hotline’ found they couldn’t access their voicemail after a concerned citizen hacked the system and changed the access codes.

 

It appears the officials within the army’s unit for State of Mind Operations, had forgotten to change the default code to access the voicemail system, making it an easy target for anyone curious to listen in.

 

“I changed the code because I didn’t want the terror organisations to listen to the messages because at the beginning of every message, the voicemail system cites the phone number from which it was received,” the concerned hacker told the paper.

 

“I was afraid the terrorists would be able to identify the callers and would try to hurt them.”

 

Red-faced military officials are still waiting for the hacker to give them the new access codes.

According to the AFP, who reported this story, someone who helps prevent innocent Israeli civilians from almost certain harm is a “rat” and a “snitch.” At the same time, someone who helps prevent an innocent neo palestinian civilian from possible harm is a “concerned civilian.”

 

Can their bias be any more obvious?

 

Update: Of course, Charles has beaten me to the punch.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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