As part of Anonymous’s #OpIsrael, it appears the hacktivists have wiped the Bank of Jerusalem from the web. The site currently loads a mostly blank page with the message, “Couldn’t connect to the database server.” A tweet appearing to tie the site outage to Anonymous’s support of the people of the Gaza was posted on @YourAnonNews:
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) November 16, 2012
Anonymous quickly mounted OpIsrael after the Israel Defense Force tweeted a declaration beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, an offensive targeting Hamas. Israel calls Hamas an “Iranian proxy for terror attacks” against them.
Anonymous does not support violence by the IDF or by Palestinian Resistance/Hamas. Our concern is the for the children of Israel and Palestinian Territories and the rights of the people in Gaza to maintain open lines of communication with the outside world.
In a new statement released Friday evening, Anonymous defended its actions by repeating that it did not support violence and insisting “Anonymous has not used any anti-Semitic language during our campaign. Nor have we vocalized any support for Palestinian military operations or resistance groups. Our goal was to protect the rights of Palestinian people who are threatened with silence as Israel has made attempts to shut down cell phone and internet service throughout Gaza.”
The Bank of Jerusalem is Israel’s seventh largest financial institution and is listed among Dun & Bradstreet Israel’s 100 Largest Enterprises. In addition to taking the Bank’s site offline, Anonymous has also struck Tel-Aviv’s city page an Israeli government commerce site and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, just to name a few.