Targuist, Morocco – As a young Moroccan, I am a frequent user of social media. When I logged into my Facebook account yesterday, my newsfeed was plastered with articles reporting about cyber attacks launched against Israel. At first, I assumed that it the attack was simply a joke that went viral. A short while later, I decided to conduct a quick google search to verify the news. To my surprise, Haaretz, Russia Today, and others, confirmed what I had falsely assumed was a hoax.
Upon getting confirmation of the attack, a strange feeling pervaded me. Here I was witnessing the beginning of the downfall of what is arguably considered the most military and technologically advanced nation in the Middle East. By launching operation #OpIsrael, these cyber hackers have certainly diminished Israel’s technological standing, as evidenced by their ability to hack many of the country’s websites, Facebook accounts and even bank accounts, transferring millions of dollars to charity associations in various countries.
During the war on the Gaza strip,
Yesterday and today the world has witnessed a strange union of hackers from different parts of the Muslim world, aimed at expressing solidarity with Gaza. I like to refer to these cyber geniuses as “hackers without frontiers”, for they are united in their belief that the human rights of the Palestinian people must be respected and that the perpetrators of any abuse against them must be held accountable.
This wave of unprecedented and massive cyber attacks against Israel should serve as wakeup call for the United Nations and for world leaders, showing them that the time has come to stop Israel from behaving above the law, from abusing Palestinians’ human rights, and their inalienable right to live in a secure, sovereign and independent state based on pre-1967 borders.
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