Hardly a day goes by without anti-Israel blogger Richard Silverstein demonstrating his aversion to the truth.
Today he tweeted the following:
The link takes us to the following report:
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – Officials say cyber attacks have shut down the websites of the two main Palestinian news agencies, the official Wafa and the privately run Maan.
Wafa’s chief editor, Ali Hussein, and Maan’s technology supervisor, Haitham Moussa, said they don’t know who is behind Tuesday’s attacks. Hussein says the website of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement was also targeted.
The attacks came several days after hackers disrupted the websites of an Israeli hospital, a leading newspaper and Israel’s official cultural festival.
Those attacks were seen as part of a politically motivated cyber attacks against Israeli sites. The Israeli Haaretz daily said at the time that its site was hacked by a group calling itself Anonymous Palestine
Notice how the report does not accuse Israel or her supporters of being behind the attacks. In fact, the report explicitly states that Wafa and Ma’an representative don’t know who is behind the attacks. At best, there is an insinuation that those in the pro-Israel camp would have the motivation to do such a thing in light of the attacks against Israeli websites. Yet Silverstein takes this report to definitely state that “Hasbaritas” (i.e. pro-Israel people) brought down Ma’an!
As our very own Challah reported, Mahmoud Abbas himself is suspected of ordering the hacking of sites critical of him. So there is clearly motivation for his opponents to hack the Fatah site in retaliation. As for the Ma’an site, an organization like Hamas would certainly have the motivation, given Ma’an’s criticism of them.
So there is no proof that Israel or her supporters hacked the Ma’an site, and certainly others have the motivation and means to do so.
In short, Silverstein’s one sloppy dick.