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Posts Tagged ‘SMS’

IDF to Implement Tunnel Alert Siren

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

It’s not just for rockets anymore. The IDF has decided to implement a tunnel alert system for Israeli communities around Gaza, according to Yediot Achronot.

The alert will sound exactly the same as the “red alert” for rockets, but in order for citizens to know the attack is from below and not above, residents will receive an SMS stating: “Due to an infiltration by terrorists, residents are asked to lock themselves in their homes with the lights off until further notice.”

In addition, local security personnel will receive additional notifications.

While the intentions are good, the idea has a few obvious flaws, the most basic is the assumption that everyone will have a phone on them at all times, including children in the park, people on Shabbat and anyone who simply forgot their phone on the kitchen table so it can recharge after the battery died.

In addition, it seems quite likely that in the critical and stressful 10-15 second window Gaza border residents have, civilians will start running to the bomb shelters when they hear the siren, only to get an SMS telling them to turn around and run back home, leaving them exposed and confused.

Perhaps the most obvious flaw in this entire plan, is that Israel simply didn’t get rid of Hamas the last time around, which would have made all these rocket and tunnel alerts completely superfluous.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israeli Children Get Cell Phones at Young Age, Survey Finds

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

One in four Israeli children between the ages of 6 and 8 has their own cell phone, a new survey by the Israeli cell phone company Pelephone found.

The number increases to one in three children for ages 9 to 11 and 91 percent for ages 12 to 14.

Some 93 percent of the mothers who responded to the July survey said they gave their children cell phones so that they can have peace of mind and be able to contact them when they want.

Ninety-two percent of the children with cell phones use them to send text messages, according to the survey, and 75 percent use apps.


Misogy-text: Saudi Men Get SMS When Women Leave the Country

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

A new electronic tracking system sends SMS messages to the male guardians of Saudi Arabian women who attempt to cross the border, according to a report in Al-Arabiya.

Men will receive the text messages even if their custodians are travelling with them. Women are not allowed to leave Saudi Arabia without the written consent of their male guardians.

According to the report, the program was instituted after the recent escape of a Saudi woman to Sweden, following her surreptitious conversion to Christianity.  The woman, who was interviewed in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Yaum newspaper, denied ever having left Islam, and said she intends to return to Saudi Arabia, saying she only left to escape some family problems.

Saudi Arabia applies the strictest interpretation of Shariah Islamic law, and does not permit women to drive cars.

Last year, King Abdullah granted women the right to vote for the first time.

Malkah Fleisher

“This is Only a Test”

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

The IDF Homefront Command will be testing a new nationwide SMS alert system between Sunday and Thursday this week.

Each day the testing will be done in different cities and areas. On Thursday, between 10AM  and noon, the entire country should receive an SMS alert.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/this-is-only-a-test/2012/08/12/

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