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USA Territorial expansion and dominion under various excuses

Here are a few samples of countries that US troops invaded and occupied under various excuses since Independence. Almost all of these countries have experienced repeated US military operations over the last 2 centuries

First, the reasons were for securing interest and US personnel safety.

Then, it was for maintaining Free Market for US export

Then the reasons were for creating “democratic systems” that the US and all colonial nations abhorred to institute abroad

Then it was for sustaining makeshift democracies while fully supporting all dictatorships around the world, as long as they were Not satellite to Soviet Union, or current China

Then fomenting extremist factions, (lately religious extremists of Al Qaeda and ISIS) in order to destabilize nations that were debt free from IMF and World Bank (like Syria, Iraq, Venezuela…)

1776–1794 – Chickamauga Wars, a continuation of the Second Cherokee War that included a larger number of native tribes attempt to halt the expansion of settlers into Kentucky and Tennessee
1785–1795 – Northwest Indian War, a series of battles with various native tribes in present-day Ohio. The goal of the campaign was to affirm American sovereignty over the region and to create increased opportunities for settlement.
1816 – Spanish Florida. United States forces destroyed Negro Fort, which harbored fugitive slaves making raids into United States territory.[RL30172]
1823 – Cuba. US landings in pursuit of pirates occurred April 8 near Escondido; April 16 near Cayo Blanco; July 11 at Siquapa Bay; July 21 at Cape Cruz; and October 23 at Camrioca.[RL30172]

1835–42 Florida Territory. US Navy supports Army’s efforts at quelling uprisings and attacks on civilians by Seminole Indians. Government’s efforts to relocate Seminoles to west of the Mississippi are hindered by 7 years of war.

1835–36 Peru. December 1835, to December 7, 1836. Marines “protected American interests” in Callao and Lima during an attempted revolution.[

1838–39  Sumatra (Indonesia). December 1838, to January 1839. A naval force landed to punish natives of the towns of Quallah Battoo and Muckie (Mukki) for depredations on American shipping.

1840 – Fiji Islands. July. Naval forces landed to punish natives for attacking American exploring and surveying parties

1842 – Mexico. Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones, in command of a squadron long cruising off California, occupied Monterey, California, on October 19, believing war had come. He discovered peace, withdrew, and saluted. A similar incident occurred a week later at San Diego

1870 – Kingdom of Hawaii. US forces placed the American flag at half-mast upon the death of Queen Kalama, when the American consul at Honolulu would not assume responsibility for so doing.

1871 – Korea. Shinmiyangyo. US naval force attacked and captured five forts to force stalled negotiations on trade agreements and to punish natives for depredations on Americans,

1882 – Egyptian Expedition. American forces landed to protect American interests during warfare between British and Egyptians and looting of the city of Alexandria by Arabs

1888 – Haiti. A display of force persuaded the Haitian Government to give up an American steamer which had been seized on the charge of breach of blockade.

1888–89  Samoan crisisFirst Samoan Civil WarSecond Samoan Civil War. US forces were landed to protect American citizens and the consulate during a native civil war.

1891 – Chile. US forces protected the American consulate and the women and children who had taken refuge in it during a revolution in Valparaíso

1894 – Rio de Janeiro Affair. A display of naval force sought to protect American commerce and shipping at Rio de Janeiro during a Brazilian civil war.

1846–48 – Mexican-American War  US has annexed Texas in 1845. war ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Treaty gave the U.S. states of California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

1852–53 Argentina.  US Marines landed and maintained in Buenos Aires to protect American interests during a revolution.

1853–54 Japan. Commodore Matthew Perry made a display of force leading to the “opening of Japan.”
1854 – China.  American and English ships landed forces to protect American interests in and near Shanghai during Chinese civil strife.[

1853 Nicaragua. US forces landed to protect American lives and interests during political disturbances

1855 – Uruguay. United States and European naval forces landed to protect American interests during an attempted revolution in Montevideo
1856 – Panama, Republic of New Grenada. U.S. forces landed to protect American interests during an insurrection.
1859 – Paraguay. Congress authorized a naval squadron to seek redress for an attack on a naval vessel in the Paraná River during 1855. Apologies were made after a large display of force.
1868 – Colombia. US forces protected passengers and treasure in transit at Aspinwall during the absence of local police or troops on the occasion of the death of the President of Colombia
1898 – Spanish-American War US declared war with Spain. The war followed a Cuban insurrection, the Cuban War of Independence against Spanish rule and the sinking of the USS Maine in the harbor at Havana.
1899–1913 Philippine IslandsPhilippine-American War US forces protected American interests following the war with Spain, defeating Filipino revolutionaries seeking immediate national independence and colonized the Philippines
1918–20 Soviet Union. Marines were landed at and near Vladivostok in June and July to protect the American consulate and other points in the fighting between the Bolshevik troops and the Czech Army which had traversed Siberia from the western front.
These are just a tiny samples of countries that have been repeatedly invaded.
The dropping of 2 atomic bombs, carpet bombing of Germany, North Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq and the usage of defoliant Orange chemicals, depleted Uranium ammunition, phosphoric bombs and most weapons banned by the UN and collateral damages in successions, practicing tortures at a grand scale without anyone being tried at The Hague Tribunal for crimes against humanity is mind boggling of the violent brutality of US military engagement.
Mind you that England and France surrounded the US during the civil war (in Canada and Mexico) and the House of Rothschild blackmailed the US with exorbitant interest rates until Lincoln decided to issue the Green Buck.
If it were Not for Russia that came to the rescue with its naval fleet and securing gold reserve, the world have been much better off with a divided USA

من نكتة الى خلل نفسي يجتاح اللبنانيين Lebanophobia

Have you heard of Lebanophobia? It is this sickness that haunts most Lebanese youth: “Am I to spend my life in Lebanon?” This fright is no longer a matter of social media conversation

الاسباب طبعا لا تعد ولا تحصى من أوضاع معيشية واقتصادية صعبة وازمة لجوء خانقة، وأزمات سياسية وأمنية، خضات وصراعات واشتباكات، فساد واعتداءات وانتشار للنفايات، وانتشار للسلاح بأيدي كل مواطن، كل تلك الأمور تسبب قلقا وهلعا لدى المواطن اللبناني الذي يخاف على مصيره ومستقبله ويتملكه هاجس الخوف من بلده ليصبح متوجّساً من فكرة البقاء في لبنان!

Lebanophobia علم النفس بات يعترف بالـ

هل ان ظاهرة الليبانوفوبيا حقيقة فعلية؟

الطبيب النفسي احمد يوسف يكشف عبر IMLebanon ان ثمة خوف جماعي ينتج عن عدم الشعور بالأمان والاستقرار وكل الأمور الأخرى من ازمات اقتصادية ومعيشية وامنية وغيرها تأتي في الدرجة الثانية، فالمشكلة الأساسية في المجتمع اللبناني هو أننا نفقد الشعور بالأمان، وهذا الشعور نفقده عندما يفقد النظام هيبته وسلطته، فعندما تُفرض القوانين على كل المواطنين بطريقة عادلة وقوية سيشعر الشعب بالأمان والاستقرار”.

ويشرح ان الشعور بهذه “الفوبيا” موجود منذ زمن طويل وتحديدا من 26 عاما، فبعد انتهاء الحرب اللبنانية في العام 1990 واقرار اتفاق الطائف الى الآن لم يقدر المجتمع اللبناني ولا المجتمع السياسي ان يحقق ويحمي المواطنين وينتقل من التشتت الى التجميع ويتمثل بالشعور الدائم بالحاجة لجنسية اخرى والعيش في مجتمع آخر…”.

هذه الحالات التي تعالَج

ويعتبر أن “علم النفس بإمكانه أن يساعد الاشخاص على تخطي بعض المشاكل التي يعانون منها بسبب عدم الشعور بالامان ولكن لا يمكنه ان يحل مشكلة البلد”، كاشفاً أن “الحالات التي نعالجها هي نتيجة الازمات والصراعات التي نعيشها في لبنان، فتنعكس سلبا على حياة المواطن الخاصة والاجتماعية والعائلية لأن عدم الشعور بالامان يخلق مشاكل كبرى”.

جورج خباز: الخوف من الذات

الكاتب المسرحي والممثل الكوميدي جورج خباز الذي يعتبر من اهم الفنانين الذين يضعون “الاصبع على الجرح” بطابع كوميدي هادف،  يؤكد لـIMlebanon أن “من يخاف من وطنه يخاف من نفسه لأن “وطنك هو أنت” لذلك عندما تأخذ قرارا بأن يكون وطنك مثلما انت تريد من دون ان تخاف منه وتفتخر فيه يمكن القيام بعمل ينقل عدوى ايجابية لكل مَن مِن حولك بأي موقع او مهنة كنت، فيمكن للمواطن القيام بتوازن ما على الأقل اذا لم يستطع ان يقوم بتغيير جذري، لذلك الخوف من الوطن هو الخوف من الذات”.

ويضيف خباز: “هناك صراع مع الضمير، وأنا شخصيا لا أخاف أبدا من وطني بل اخاف على وطني، لذلك اسعى لكي اكون متنبها لكل الامور التي اقوم بها لتشكل توازنا ولو بسطيا في ظل كل الصراعات التي تحصل من حولنا، فكلنا خلايا في هذا الجسم الذي هو الوطن وعلينا مساعدة بعضنا لكي ننهض بالبلاد”.

نعيش صراعا وخوفا من الغد

ويلفت الى أننا “نعيش من العام 1975 على هذه الحالة وبصراع وخوف من الغد، وهذا الامر ليس بجديد على اللبناني فهو تأقلم مع هذا الموضوع ويعيش كل يوم بيومه، وعلى الرغم من أنه لا يمكنه التخطيط للمستقبل إلا ان اللبناني اصبح متمرسا بهذا الأمر ويعطي دروسا فيه لاشخاص جدد يعيشون تلك الازمات خصوصا في محيطنا في الدول العربية”.

ويشدد على أن “الخوف من الغد ليس عائقا كبيرا، ولكن هناك امر واحد يسبب أزمة كبرى وهو كميّة العلم لدى الشبان والشابات مقابل القدرات في لبنان من دون فرص لكي يكونوا هؤلاء موجودين بمجتمعهم بالشكل الذي يليق بهم، فهذه هي المشكلة الاكبر في المجتمع وعلى الدولة والحكومة ان تجد حلا لهذا الامر لانه يشكل خطرا، فالطموحات والقدرات كثيرة ولكن ليس هناك فرص او مكان للشبان لان قدرات البلد اقل بكثير من قدراتهم”.

كالنبتة التي ننزعها من جذورها…”

خباز وفي نفحة تفاؤلية يؤكد ان “هذا البلد لم يقدر ان يهزمه أحد على مر العصور وعلى الرغم من كل الاحتلالات، والخوف هو من فقدان مواطنيتنا وايماننا ببلدنا، واذا قررنا الرحيل فنصبح مثل النبتة التي ننزعها من جذورها ونضعها في مكان آخر وهناك خطر كبير ألا تعيش، فهذا البلد بحاجة لشبابه ولانقاذه ولا يمكننا فصل الشعب عن الدولة، فالشعب هو الذي يقرر من الدولة ويقرر النواب وقانون الانتخاب، والنواب الذين يختارهم الشعب هم الذين يقررون مصير الوطن لذك الأمر بين أيدينا”.

هل من حل؟

وعن مدى استمرار هذه الظاهرة، يأسف د. يوسف لان “هذا الامر سيطول جدا وللاسف ليس هناك من حل لهذا الموضوع في القريب العاجل لان الامور متجهة نحو الاسوأ والمجتمع غير قادر على خلق نخب جديدة تنتج رؤية جديدة وفكر جديد وسياسية جديدة واشخاص جدد يحولوا المجتمع لرؤية اخرى، لذلك ستبقى الفوبيا موجودة لفترة طويلة الى أن ينتج المجتمع لحمة وطنية متماسكة على مبدأ الدولة والقانون”…

Note: I lived 20 years in the USA, and as I returned to Lebanon 18 years ago, I am still considered a stranger: No real friends to visit or converse with. Don’t belong to Lebanon, and neither did belong in USA. I guess it is the lack of valid opportunities to start with in a fair and lawful institutions.

Why we should all stop saying “I know exactly how you feel”

Sep 21, 2017 

A good friend of mine lost her dad some years back. I found her sitting alone outside our workplace, just staring at the horizon. She was absolutely distraught, and I didn’t know what to say to her. It’s so easy to say the wrong thing to someone who is grieving and vulnerable.

So I started talking about how I grew up without a father.

I told her my dad had drowned in a submarine when I was only nine months old and I’d always mourned his loss, even though I’d never known him. I wanted her to realize that she wasn’t alone, that I’d been through something similar and I could understand how she felt.

But after I related this story, my friend snapped, “Okay, Celeste, you win. You never had a dad and I at least got to spend 30 years with mine. You had it worse. I guess I shouldn’t be so upset that my dad just died.”

I was stunned and mortified. “No, no, no,” I said, “that’s not what I’m saying at all. I just meant I know how you feel.”

And she answered, “No, Celeste, you don’t. You have no idea how I feel.”

Often subtle and unconscious, conversational narcissism is the desire to do most of the talking and to turn the focus of the exchange to yourself.

She walked away and I stood there feeling like a jerk. I had wanted to comfort her and, instead, I’d made her feel worse.

When she began to share her raw emotions, I felt uncomfortable so I defaulted to a subject with which I was comfortable: myself. She wanted to talk about her father, to tell me about the kind of man he was. She wanted to share her cherished memories. Instead, I asked her to listen to my story. (if she was recollecting cherished memories, she should have been smiling.)

From that day forward, I started to notice how often I responded to stories of loss and struggle with stories of my own experiences.

My son would tell me about clashing with a kid in Boy Scouts, and I would talk about a girl I fell out with in college. When a coworker got laid off, I told her about how much I struggled to find a job after I had been laid off years earlier.

But when I began to pay more attention, I realized the effect of sharing my experiences was never as I intended. What all of these people needed was for me to hear them and acknowledge what they were going through. Instead, I forced them to listen to me.

Sociologist Charles Derber describes this tendency as “conversational narcissism.” Often subtle and unconscious, it’s the desire to take over a conversation, to do most of the talking, and to turn the focus of the exchange to yourself. Derber writes that it “is the key manifestation of the dominant attention-getting psychology in America.

He describes two kinds of responses in conversations: a shift response and a support response. The first shifts attention back to yourself, and the second supports the other person’s comment.

Example number 1:

The shift response

Mary: I’m so busy right now.

Tim: Me, too. I’m totally overwhelmed.

The support response

Mary: I’m so busy right now.

Tim: Why? What do you have to get done?

Example number 2:

The shift response

Karen: I need new shoes.

Mark: Me, too. These things are falling apart.

The support response

Karen: I need new shoes.

Mark: Oh yeah? What kind are you thinking about?

Shift responses are a hallmark of conversational narcissism — they help you turn the focus constantly back to yourself.

support response encourages the other person to continue their story. It lets them know you’re listening and interested in hearing more.

We can craftily disguise our attempts to shift focus — we might start a sentence with a supportive remark and then follow up with a comment about ourselves.

The game of catch is often used as a metaphor for conversation. In an actual game of catch, you’re forced to take turns. But in conversation, we often find ways to resist giving someone else a turn.

Sometimes, we use passive means to subtly grab control of the exchange.

This tug-of-war over attention is not always easy to track. We can very craftily disguise our attempts to shift focus. We might start a sentence with a supportive comment, and then follow up with a comment about ourselves. For instance, if a friend tells us they just got a promotion, we might respond by saying, “That’s great! Congratulations. I’m going to ask my boss for a promotion, too. I hope I get it.”

Such a response could be fine, as long as we allow the focus to shift back to the other person again. However, the healthy balance is lost when we repeatedly shine the attention back on ourselves.

While reciprocity is an important part of any meaningful conversation, the truth is shifting the attention to our own experiences is completely natural. Modern humans are hardwired to talk about themselves more than any other topic.

One study found that “most social conversation time is devoted to statements about the speaker’s own emotional experiences and/or relationships, or those of third parties not present.”

The insula, an area of the brain deep inside the cerebral cortex, takes in the information that people tell us and then tries to find a relevant experience in our memory banks that can give context to the information.

It’s mostly helpful: the brain is trying to make sense of what we hear and see. Subconsciously, we find similar experiences and add them to what’s happening at the moment, and then the whole package of information is sent to the limbic regions, the part of the brain just below the cerebrum.

That’s where some trouble can arise — instead of helping us better understand someone else’s experience, our own experiences can distort our perceptions of what the other person is saying or experiencing.

The more comfortable you are, the more difficult it is to empathize with the suffering of another.

study from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences suggests that our egos distort our perception of our empathy. When participants watched a video of maggots in a group setting, they could understand that other people might be repulsed by it. But if one person was shown pictures of puppies while the others were shown the maggot video, the puppy viewer generally underestimated the rest of the group’s negative reaction to the maggots.

Study author Dr. Tania Singer observed, “The participants who were feeling good themselves assessed their partners’ negative experiences as less severe than they actually were. In contrast, those who had just had an unpleasant experience assessed their partners’ good experience less positively.”

In other words, we tend to use our own feelings to determine how others feel.

Here’s how that translates to your daily conversations: Let’s say you and a friend are both laid off at the same time by the same company. In that case, using your feelings as a measure of your friend’s feelings may be fairly accurate because you’re experiencing the same event.

But what if you’re having a great day and you meet a friend who was just laid off? Without knowing it, you might judge how your friend is feeling against your good mood. She’ll say, “This is awful. I’m so worried that I feel sick to my stomach.” You’d respond, “Don’t worry, you’ll be okay. I was laid off six years ago and everything turned out fine.” The more comfortable you are, the more difficult it is to empathize with the suffering of another.

It took me years to realize I was much better at the game of catch than I was at its conversational equivalent.

Now I try to be more aware of my instinct to share stories and talk about myself. I try to ask questions that encourage the other person to continue. I’ve also made a conscious effort to listen more and talk less.

Recently, I had a long conversation with a friend who was going through a divorce. We spent almost 40 minutes on the phone, and I barely said a word. At the end of our call, she said, “Thank you for your advice. You’ve really helped me work some things out.”

The truth is, I hadn’t offered any advice. Most of what I said was a version of “That sounds tough. I’m sorry this is happening to you.” She didn’t need advice or stories from me. She just needed to be heard.

Excerpted with permission from the new book We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter by Celeste Headlee. Published by Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. © 2017 Celeste Headlee.

Notes and tidbits on FB and Twitter. Part 67

Stop regurgitating that the Republicans are isolationist who refrain from global armed conflict. Do you know of any Republican President who didn’t launch a major war outside the USA in this century?

Now that China stepped in publicly in Syria’s peace process means that “economics” that started this civil war have been mostly resolved

All the stories, faces and emotions your see in your night dreams are All about you, and nobody else. Your brain is telling you how he comprehends and assimilates your entity. Grab your courage and take stock.

In Beirut, architecture is an invention to encourage forgetting how this city used to be. Replaced by modern concrete that has no sense or link to the citizens memories

Burning insulation in in UK released cyanide poison? Killed 79 residents.

Life is of what we remember and how we remember events and emotions. Gabriel Garcia Marquez

There are difficult periods in life that we spend tending to survival, days in, days out. And we try to bury these periods deep in our memory, and they are the ones that afflict our subconscious

Je reconnaissais á la repugnance qu’il m’inspirait qu’il s’agissait sans doute d’un ami

C’était le genre de personage dont les sentiments humanitaires, la sensibilité exaspérée, finissent par ressembler á une véritable haine de l’humanité.

La simplicité d’un objectif unique et résolu est celle de tous les héros “populaires”

Notre continent (USA) n’a pas perdu son attrait pour les gens qui ne se sentent libre qu’une arme au poing

Ces petits malins qui croient que la condition humaine est une question d’organisation: des mesures á prendre

Oui, on dit toujours ca: On veut conserver la nature et la faune. Mais pourquoi les nations mandataires ne montrent pas la voie? Complex de culpabilité? Faux.

Pourquoi les institutions Européennes facilitent la tâche des institutions Israeliennes qui exercent les mêmes culpabilités (racism, apartheid, administrative detention..) vis á vis des Palestiniens?

Un monde fut soulevé durant WWI: Tous ses soldats venus de l’Inde et d’Afrique pour prendre les premiéres lignes de défense. Defendre quoi? Ils ne le savaient pas. 

L’independance de l’horreur des occidentaux viendra aprés

It’s the internal narrative that seeks disaster, just as much as it craves reassurance

Discovering a hundred ways that don’t work is the only way to learn anything of importance

Work creates value. A job is a place to hide and get away

Pour leur varies saloperies, ils s’ habillent

Une colére généreuse et un rêve utopique des actes contre nature et contre la nature, les experiences atomiques en plein air, les camps de concentrations, les regimes totalitaires, le racism endemique et les systems d’apartheid, l’extermination des tribues indigenes…Et la pureté qu’il faut pour causer de grandes massacres.

Americans Disproportionately leading the charge in Settling the West Bank. Are they being nudged there by the stealth efforts of the Israeli government and its NGO allies?

Quds/Jerusalem Day (June 23): We shall Not forget our occupied territories
Erdogan is a modern highway robber and kidnapper of States. He pressured Merkel for $billions to stop immigration and now blackmails Qatar for symbolic security with a couple of outdated tanks

Observations in the game of Petanque (boules)

I have been playing an observing people play Petanque (Boules).

Many are dissatisfied with my recommendations and comments, and are outright condemning my interference, since they consider themselves Pros without the backing of any performance statistics.

1. Le pointeur devient meilleur tireur que celui qui “se defoue” aux tires forts
2. Ceux qui se “designent” tireurs et qui ne pointent pas ont tendance a faire perdre le match au team
3. Le tireur perd ses boules au debut et se revelle conseiller de “comment pointe'” et Ou pointe”
4. Les tirs forts (macho) peuvent impressioner les debutants, mais ne gagnent pas la partie.

5. Les tirs “doux” on les avantages de faire “carreau” plus frequement  et de conserver sa boule sur le terrain

6. The club that refuses to take statistics performance fails in competitions, invariably

7. Almost all beginners consider themselves volunteered professionals in how to play the game and their proper techniques

You have a choice of a wide rage of suggestions on how to play. Le terrain dicte ta technique pour la trajectoire de la boule (tres haut ou bas cercle). My set of suggestions (Conseils) pour mieux pointer:

  1. Regarde ou tu veut que la boule tombe, selon ta method de trajectoire
  2. Fait attention a la direction de ton poigne’, sinon la boule prend la direction naturelle de ton poigne’
  3. Utilise ton poigne’ et ton coude, jamais l’ epaule
  4. Vous avey 30 secondes pour pointer par regulation: prend ton temps et que l’autre team s’ agite

Conseils pour tirer:

  1. De meme que pour pointer, mais regarde l’ endroit de la boule a tirer, comme au billard
  2. Retirer le bras en quart de cercle a l’ arriere du dos pour donner un leger effect
  3. Les genoux un peu baisses pour plus d’ equilibre et de flexibilite’: Pour eviter d’ utiliser les muscles du dos ou l’ epaule.
  4. Go “Cool”. Ma badha kel hal tentee3

Note: In a previous article, I suggested criteria for Petanque Performance statistics and a few rules and regulations

Start your project with a clean sheet of paper: It forces boundaries

A clean sheet of paper still has edges.

It’s tempting to believe that creativity comes from starting fresh.

But even when we start fresh, we approach projects and problems with self-created boundaries.

You can’t do real work without edges, without something to leverage, but those edges don’t have to be the same edges as everyone else uses.

Creative people often excel because they change the shape of the clean sheet.

Anonymous launched a hacking campaign against Israel

In a previous attack on Monday, Anonymous knocked out multiple Israeli government sites after one of the organization’s members died in the West Bank over the weekend.

22-year-old Tayeb Abu Shehada was killed during a protest in the village of Huwwara in the West Bank after Israeli settlers and soldiers opened fire on demonstrators, reported Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.

Anonymous ‘knocks out’ Mossad website over Israel’s Gaza offensive

Hacker group Anonymous has reportedly taken down the website of the Israeli secret service Mossad in protest of Israel’s military incursion in Gaza. The ‘hacktivists’ have already targeted a number of organizations in their mission to stop the Gaza genocide.

Mossad’s website went offline at around 00:40 GMT and is still down at the time of writing. The Israeli government has yet to make any comment on the supposed hack attack.

Published time: July 31, 2014 06:18
Edited time: July 31, 2014 06:57
AFP Photo / Daniel Roland

Anonymous launched a hacking campaign against Israel coinciding with the beginning of Operation Protective Edge on July 7.

Anonymous claims that since its operation began, it has taken down “thousands” of Israeli-based websites.

The hacktivist group also released 170 log-in details last Monday which they said belonged to Israeli officials.

Anonymous has also issued an appeal to all of its followers to intensify their attacks on Israeli websites.

“We are calling upon the Anonymous collective, and the elite hacker groups to join our crusade, and to wage cyber war against the state of Israel once more,” said a public statement from the group posted online last Friday.

“As a collective ‘Anonymous’ does not hate Israel, it hates that Israel’s government is committing genocide & slaughtering unarmed people in Gaza to obtain more land at the border.”

The group launched hundreds of attacks on Israeli sites two years ago during the Israeli Defense Force’s (IDF) previous operation ‘Pillar of Defense’ in Gaza.

Anonymous succeeded in leaking the data of 5,000 Israeli officials and hacking into the Israeli deputy premier’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The conflict in Gaza shows no signs of relenting with both the IDF and Hamas continuing to exchange rocket fire. The Palestinian Health Ministry reports than over 1.350 people have been killed in Gaza, while the Israeli side has lost 56 soldiers to the fighting





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