As part of its ongoing jihad against Israel, the Hamas terrorist organization has adopted a new mission, recently unveiled at its booth at a digital communications exhibition in Iran: hacking Israeli websites.
A new Hamas-affiliated group, calling itself "The Digital Intifada," introduced itself in late October at the second annual National Exhibition and Festival of Digital Media in Tehran, according to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC). The objective of "The Digital Intifada" is to develop anti-Jewish websites and encourage the criminal hacking of Israeli governmental and non-governmental websites.
At its booth at the Tehrani exhibit, Hamas's new computerized warfare promised $2,000 prizes for succeeding in the crime of hacking any Israeli site which is "hostile to the Palestinian people." Particular honor would go to anyone who hacked the websites of the Sephardic religious political party Shas, the Temple Mount Faithful website, and the American Internet Haganah (specializing in monitoring global jihad websites).
"The Digital Intifada" booth also featured Hamas-related websites, including Palestine-info, Filastin al-'An, Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Al Aqsa TV, the PALDF Forum and Sabiroon websites, among others. Vendors distributed anti-Jewish, pro-Islamic jihadist pamphlets, scarves, and hats to interested recipients.
After browsing the booth's many examples of internet-based jihad, exhibition attendees were invited to speak about the interface between the internet, fact manipulation, and terrorism with Abu Osama Abd Al-Muati, the Hamas representative in Tehran, as well as Hamas propaganda designers, experts, and political commentators. Director of the Lebanon-based Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV in Tehran Abu Hassan Zuaytar was also in attendance, as were various members of Hamas and Hizbullah. Hizbullah also had its own booth at the exhibit.
"The Digital Intifada" announced several objectives for future anti-Israel propaganda work, including the production of anti-Zionist computer games for children, online pro-Palestinian forums, a digital library dedicated to labeling Jewish Israelis as "occupiers", and coordinating online battalions of digital fighters to war with Israel and Israel's allies and supporters.
According to a report published by the Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency, “hacking into Zionist websites has become a necessity which cannot be avoided.” (Ma'an News Agency quoting the Islamic Republic News Agency, October 31).