November 17, 2012
On Wednesday, the IDF posted a video of what they claimed was the assassination of a senior Hamas Operative and followed it up with a Tweet from the @IDFSpokesperson account:
We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.
@idfspokesperson Our blessed hand will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves)
YouTube has refused to take down the assassination video, even though it appears to violate the site’s community guidelines, which state “if your video shows someone being physically hurt, attacked, or humiliated, don’t post it.” Wired goes on to quote an anonymous YouTube employee saying that the guidelines are just that—guidelines, and not hard-and-fast rules.
Anonymous has also gotten in on the act. Reacting to a perceived threat by the Israeli government to shut down the Internet in Gaza, the ad-hoc hacker collective announced #OpIsrael, declaring “we are ANONYMOUS and NO ONE shuts down the Internet on our watch.”
At this time, access to power and Internet connectivity in Gaza is spotty and inconsistent. Gazans have experienced power outages and are accustomed to relying on generators, but a concerted Israeli effort to shut down the Internet in Gaza has not yet materialized. In the meantime, dial-up connections can be a lifeline for residents of Gaza.
Telecomix has published a guide to configuring and using a dial-up Internet connection. It is important to remember that dial-up connections are not secure. Your communications can be intercepted or spied upon. EFF recommends that you encrypt your browser traffic using HTTPS Everywhere.