Mid-week, the Israeli Defense Forces began what is appearing to be another serious campaign against Hamas infrastructure in detail, and Gaza civilian infrastructure in general. Hamas and other militants in Gaza have responded to Israeli responses to Palestinian responses to Israeli actions or responses. So far at least 15 Palestinians and three Israelis are dead from this rapidly escalating set of confrontations.
The United Nations Security Council met Wednesday evening, resolving nothing. Egypt has recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv, and Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil will be visiting Gaza, possibly today.
Since Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009, Israel has gained no allies. But opponents of Israeli policies in Israel, in the occupied territories of the West Bank, in Gaza, and internationally, have increased markedly, mostly after the senselessly brutal attacks upon Turkish and American civilians on the MV Mavi Marmara, which left nine dead, some brutally executed at short range after surrendering.
The IDF began the operation on twitter, putting out a lot of tweets, some of which were either answered by Hamas-connected twitter accounts, or fake Israeli ones, designed to appear as if from Hamas. Currently, a trending hashtag is a tasteless niche, #HamasBumperStickers:
Since yesterday, anonymous and other global hacking communities have been taking down Israeli government and NGO web sites. The image at the top of this article is a screenshot I took of a Mexican anonymous collective’s takedown of Advocate Israel.
The Washington Post just published an article titled Is Hamas Winning the Twitter War?