Photo Credit: @Th3Falcon / Twitter
Image found on hacked sites in Israel on Tuesday night, April 3 2018

More than a dozen Israeli websites including local municipalities, hospitals, the Israel Teachers’ Union, the IDF Widow & Orphans’ organization, Safed Academic College, Haifa Theatre, and the Israel Opera were hacked Tuesday night, apparently in retaliation for Israel’s response to Friday’s Hamas swarm attempt at the Gaza border.

Targeted cities included Akko, Eilat, Gan Yavne, Givat Shmuel, Herzliya, Kfar Saba, Nesher, and Or Yehuda.


The attacked sites displayed on their home pages a full-screen image from the clashes March 30 at the Gaza border, along with menacing Arabic music and the red-and-white messages, “Jerusalem is The Capital of Palestine” and “AlAqsa is a red line” in the center of the photo.

The hacker, who identified himself as ‘Th3Falcon’ and can be found on Twitter as “DarkCoder” wrote in a tweet, “Message to some Zionists: you can’t stop me by reporting my account even if my twitter got blocked this won’t stop me. (sic) #OpIsrael

The #OpIsrael hashtag refers to “Operation Israel Hackers,” and is apparently an annual cyber attack campaign dubbed #OpIsrael by the Anonymous group which carries out a yearly attack against Israel, on April 7. #OpIsrael2018 got its start early with the Hamas-driven swarm at the security fence along the Gaza border last Friday.

However, at least some of the so-called threat seems to be pure garbage. For instance, #AnonySec boasted on Twitter that “#TangoDown, Israel’s CIA, is #Offline”

But if one goes to the website, the perfectly exciting little film clip at the top of the homepage is still as exciting as ever. (“Your imagination is my reality… This is my world and my mission. Maybe it’s yours too.”) It appears that cyber hackers are as yet unable to penetrate the Mossad, despite their tweeted fantasies.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.