Gaza Conflict Incites Hackers To Attack Israeli Government Websites


The Gaza conflict has seen an increase in hacking attempts on websites belonging to the Israeli government. According to Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, there are usually a couple of hundred hacking attempts a day, but all this has changed since the conflict in Gaza began last week, with around 44 million attempts to infiltrate the sites as of yesterday.

According to Steinitz, who says the majority of attacks are emanating from Israel and the Palestinian territories, one website succumbed for 10 minutes to a cyber assault before normal service was resumed. Most attacked are, unsurprisingly, websites linked to the Defense Ministry, but those of the President, Foreign Ministry, and Prime Minister have also been targeted.

On Saturday, the hacktivist network Anonymous claimed to have infiltrated hundreds of Israeli websites with its OpIsrael campaign. The previous night it used its Twitter account to say that it had wiped the database of the Bank of Jerusalem.

As well as the physical conflict–over 90 Palestinians have been killed and three Israelis since last Wednesday–there has been a battle royal to control the Internet, with fronts opening on just about every social media network, especially Twitter.


‘It’s wrong to pray for destruction’

DESPERATE PAS: Concept of doa is to ask for good things, not destruction, say experts

SHAH ALAM: PAS’ prayer for Umno’s destruction is against the spirit of Islam and is politically motivated.
Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Centre of Islamic Thinking and Understanding director Assoc Prof Dr Muhamad Rahimi Osman said the prayer, held in conjunction with the party’s muktamar on Friday night at Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Baru, was not the first time Pas supporters prayed for the fall of Umno and Barisan Nasional.
He said Pas leaders often prayed for the destruction of Umno and BN during its ceramah instead of praying for the fall of enemies of Islam.
He said although BN and Umno leaders had weaknesses, it is wrong to pray for their fall.
“Even for enemies of Islam, Prophet Muhammad had never prayed for their destruction. Instead, he prayed that they would receive guidance (hidayah) from Allah, what more if they are Muslims.”
Rahimi said if there were Pas members who felt that they had been victimised by BN leaders and its administration, as an Islamic party, they should consider this a test from Allah in their struggles to uphold Islam.
“Muslim fighters in the past received far bigger tests from Allah but they never prayed for the destruction of their enemies. I admit that Umno leaders have weaknesses but they are not enemies of Islam and Muslims.”
He said Pas acted as if the BN government and Umno leaders had done nothing good for the people, adding that they should seek forgiveness from Allah and BN leaders and its members.
In Johor Baru, community leaders with religious credentials agreed that the prayers were not in accordance with the teachings of Islam, saying that this was a reflection of Pas’ stubbornness in fulfilling its political goals.
Former freelance preacher Md Syahrin Jamaludin said he was not surprised Pas would resort to such an act as it had been known for its extremist tendencies.
“Pas’ doa follows the party’s previous fatwa (edict) in which it had demonised Umno. It is a continuing cycle of how desperate they are in achieving victory in the next general election.”
Johor Religious Committee chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman described Pas’ prayer as something that veered from Islamic teachings.
“That is not the way. Pas should be praying for their success without having to pray for someone else’s destruction, especially when it involves fellow Muslims. Pas’ doa is not based on the true teachings of Islam. The concept of doa is to ask for good things, not destruction.”
An imam from the Hajah Mominbi Ahmad Angullia mosque in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Md Tarmudi Mustapa, said it was wrong for a Muslim to pray for the downfall of another Muslim.
In Putrajaya, Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the incident proved Pas was obsessed with power.
“To pray for destruction or ruin shows how obsessed they are with power that they have lost all consideration for others.
“We are Muslims… we pray for the welfare of others, for their hearts to be opened and for them to be better Muslims and better people. We do not pray for others’ downfall.”

Not Wrong to Pray for Downfall of Umno, BN – Nik Aziz

KOTA BAHARU: PAS’ call to its members to pray for the downfall of Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN) has received the backing of the party’s spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat himself.   

Nik Aziz, who is also Kelantan Menteri Besar, said such a call was allowed for by Islam because the party deemed that Umno had been belitting Islam all this while.

“Not wrong (to call for the prayer). Umno has already rejected Islam, so how can it return to the fold,” he told reporters at the end of PAS’ 58th Muktamar (Annual Congress) here today.

He was commenting on the “sembahyang hajat” (special prayers) held by the party in conjunction with the muktamar at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium here on Friday which sought Umno’s and the Barisan Nasional’s downfall . 

The prayers were also for the opposition pact of PAS, PKR and DAP to make it to Putrajaya come the next general election.
Meanwhile, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, when asked about  the same matter, said the prayers could be recited when one felt oppressed.

Asked why no prayers were recited for Muslims in Palestine and Syria who were oppressed and also the Rohingya in Myanmar, he said this was often done at
other religious functions  including the Friday prayers.


Emergency motion condemning Israeli attacks to be tabled in Parliament Monday

Najib said the motion, among others, would:

– strongly condemn Israeli military attacks in Gaza that has resulted in the loss of lives of Palestinians,

– urge the United Nations Security Council to issue a resolution demanding Israel to immediately stop its military aggression,

– urge the United Nations to hold an emergency session if the Security Council fails to do so,

– express the solid support of Malaysians for the struggle of the Palestinians, and

– forward the resolution to all parliaments, especially the American Congress, British and European Parliaments

Najib is in Phnom Penh to attend the 21st Asean Summit and other related summit conferences for three days, from Sunday.

Israel had launched a new attack named, ‘Pillar of Defence’, on Palestinian territory at Gaza and so far, 40 people have been killed, including Hamas leader Ahmed Jaberi, six children, a pregnant woman and a teacher with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

More than 345 people were injured.

Three Israeli citizens were also killed and 18 others injured as a result of counter attacks by Hamas.

Najib said the attacks were clearly inhuman and violated international laws, international humanitarian laws, UN Charter, and they were indeed, war crimes under the 1949 Geneva Fourth Convention on the protection of civilians in a war.

“Malaysia holds firmly to the stand that there was no strong reason to use unfair, indiscriminate and excessive force on Gaza,” he said.

Najib said Malaysia regretted the inability of the international community, especially the UN Security Council, to stop the Israeli violence.

On Nov 15, the 39th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Djibouti, issued a communique condemning Israeli military attack on Gaza and urged the UN Security Council to find a solution to end the conflict.

At the meeting, Malaysia condemned the Israeli army’s attacks and urged the Security Council to take swift action to cease the Israeli violence.

“I have also raised the matter at the 21st Asean Summit Conference and other related summit conferences in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, starting today until Nov 20,” said Najib.

Pas prayer to destroy Umno just another political ploy

Related ~ Its wrong to pray for destruction

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ALOR STAR: The prayer by Pas to seek divine intervention to destroy Umno is just another political ploy from the opposition bloc to hide their weaknesses, Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said.

Puad, who is also Umno Supreme Council Member, said it is disheartening for Pas to conduct such prayer when Muslims in other part of the world were dealing with cruelty and aggrevation.
“Pas had went to an extent claiming that they were oppressed to justify the reason behind the prayer.
“Why make such prayer that would lead to disunity among the Muslim community here when Israel are making continuous deadly aerial attacks against Gaza.
“They should pray the safety of our Muslims friends in the trouble land ,” he told reporters after he attended a carnival at the Matriculation College in Changlun near here yesterday.
Echoing the same sentiment was Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir.
Mukhriz, who is the State Umno liaison committee deputy chairman, said he was not surprised by Pas’ latest attack on the party.
“Nothing surprises me when it comes to Pas and their antics.“Umno and Barisan Nasional would never pray or seek divine intervention to see the destruction of others even our political enemy.
“We would always pray for the people’s well-being,” he said.

Perlis Mufti Dr Juanda Jaya said Muslims should not be praying for the infamy of people among their community.
“As a Muslims, we should be praying for the well-being or guidance from God.
“Muslims should avoid from any action that would trigger disunity among us,” he said.

On Friday, Pas had organised the prayer for divine intervention to destroy Umno in conjunction with the party’s rally and muktamar, which was held in Kelantan. The supplication by thousands of Pas supporters was led by the younger brother of the party spiritual leader, Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. Among the content of the supplication was to wish for Umno and BN to be condemned like how the Pharaohs were drowned in the ocean, how Qarun was swallowed by the earth and how Nimrod, as well as Abu Lahab were cursed.
They also prayed for Pakatan Rakyat to have an easy road to Putrajaya


Tara Tan, Standard Hotel Manager, Denied Maternity Leave, Gives Birth At Work, Lawsuit Claims

  • By her own account, Tara Tan was a hard worker, pulling 80 to 100 hours a week as a manager at the upscale Standard hotel in New York City’s trendy Meatpacking District.

But when it came time for Tan to take time off to have her second child, she was denied maternity leave and forced to give birth to her baby — with no doctor present — in one of the hotel’s guest rooms, the 42-year-old woman alleges in a $10 million lawsuit (via New York’s Daily News).

After going into labor at the end of one of her shifts and delivering her baby, Tan says that she was taken out through a side door — rather than through the lobby — because hotel management didn’t wish to disrupt the venue’s regular Friday club scene and partying.

“I am upset that they treated me this way after all that I did for them,” Tan told the Daily News this week. “I helped them build this hotel and make it a success. I sacrificed so much time with my family.”

According to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Tan was nine months pregnant when she went into labor at The Standard on April 30, 2011, and was left to her own devices for nearly two hours until her husband arrived to help deliver the baby.

“I said, ‘Lay me down. She’s coming,’ ” Tan told the New York Post. Her husband, Sean Kehoe, was on the phone with her doctor, and delivered the baby himself.

Hotel management didn’t respond to a request for comment about Tan’s allegations or the lawsuit.

The incident was just one of many abuses that Tan alleges she endured during her four-year tenure at the hotel, which ended earlier this year. Tan’s attorney, William Keith Watanabe, charges that The Standard discriminated against his client, who is from Malaysia and of Chinese descent, because she wasn’t young, white, thin, childless or male.

One of Tan’s superiors allegedly told her that she didn’t fit in with the “culture of the hotel” — a well-heeled, youthful clique.

Tan returned to work as a manager at The Standard three days after giving birth but was docked the hours she missed and eventually found her duties dwindle before she was finally terminated by the hotel earlier this year, according to the Post, allegedly for stealing boxes from her office.

Unlike many Western nations, the U.S. has no paid maternity leave law, though both men and women are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, under the Federal Medical Leave Act.


Obama urged to save Palestinians

WASHINGTON – With Israel expanding its war against the Palestinians in Gaza, a coalition of American Muslim and Arab-American civil rights organisations called on President Barack Obama “not to sit on the sidelines” and try to stop the Israeli attacks in the occupied territory.
“We urge President Obama not to sit on the sidelines as American taxpayer-funded weapons are used to kill civilians – including babies – and to destroy the civilian infrastructure in Gaza,” the coalition said in a statement. “Our nation’s blind support for Israel’s brutal actions has done and continues to do immense harm to America’s image and interests in the Middle East and worldwide.” The statement added, “We regret the death or injury of any civilians on either side of this tragic conflict. It is time to tell Israel and the world that Palestinian blood and property are just as precious as that of Israelis.
Until the core issue of justice for the Palestinian people is addressed by our nation and by the international community, we will no doubt witness endless repetitions of these senseless cycles of violence. America must not be party to this violence, either through action or inaction.”