Anonymous declares war on Israel

Palestinians mourn over the bodies of Najam family members who were killed during their funeral in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip. (Dusan Vranic, AP)
Palestinians mourn over the bodies of Najam family members who were killed during their funeral in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip. (Dusan Vranic, AP)

Cape Town - Global cyber hacker group Anonymous on Monday declared a cyber war against Israel.

According to Gawker.com, the group took down the website of the Israeli government on Monday with a DDOS attack.

This attack is effective as it overwhelms targeted servers with requests and causes the server to crash.

Anonymous seems to have empathy for the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza which have been under Israeli bombardment since 8 July.

A number of tweets and retweets that illustrate the terror of civilians in Gaza have been posted on Twitter in the name of the group.

A number of news sources reported that t least 1 800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis have died in the conflict though it is likely that the number will change once hostilities cease.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday said that Israel should be held accountable for its actions in Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he is determined to obliterate the tunnels that Hamas uses to smuggle material into Gaza, but he is coming under pressure from several quarters to call a halt to the fighting.

The US State Department was "appalled" by an attack on a school where some estimate that 3 000 civilians were hiding from the conflict.

Despite the claims of a cyber attack, a number of Israeli government websites seemed to be functioning as normal on Monday afternoon.

Tourist sites dedicated to travel to Israel were also functional, though some slowdowns were observed.

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