Robocalls in Gaza Strip

A friend of mine in Gaza received a robocall from the Israeli military – twice.

“To the residents of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army warns you against obeying the orders of the terrorist Hamas or having any contact with it,” the recipient of one such pre-recorded message quoted it to AFP as saying.

“Know that Hamas is spending millions of dollars on tunnels used for hostile and terrorist acts against the state of Israel,” it said. “This money should have gone to infrastructure, education and health projects.”

Can you imagine what the response would be if Palestinian officials called Israeli citizens in like manner?

“To the residents of Israel: Palestinian leaders warn you against obeying the orders of the terrorist Netanyahu or having any contact with Likud. Know that your government is spending millions of dollars on equipment to maintain the illegal occupation and for hostile and terrorist acts against Palestinians. This money should have gone to infrastructure, education and health projects.”

I wonder . . . has the U.S. military resorted to these tactics in Iraq and Afghanistan?

“To the residents of Iraq and Afghanistan: the greatest superpower in the world warns you against obeying the demands of Al Qaeda terrorists or providing them with safe haven. Know that the U.S. government is spending billions of dollars on ensuring your dreams of democracy and freedom. We deploy our soldiers, drones, F-16s and the rest of it with generosity of spirit because we care about you!  This money should have gone to infrastructure, education and health projects back home in America!”

Wow! Maybe the Israeli Offense Forces have an idea here.  Lob robocalls instead of bombs and white phosphorous.

These weapons are routinely used in the OPT (Occupied Palestinian Territories) against peaceful demonstrators. Sometimes death results.

These weapons are routinely used in the OPT (Occupied Palestinian Territories) against peaceful demonstrators. Sometimes death results.

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6 responses to “Robocalls in Gaza Strip

  1. The killing of Mustafa Tamimi in December 2011 was no accident. IDF soldier shot tear gas canister directly at him.

    http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/with-surgical-precision-at-1-meter-distance-israel-shot-a-non-violent-protester-deliberately-delayed-medical-aid/

    http://mondoweiss.net/2011/12/mustafa-tamimi-had-died.html

    I have been following this case and haven’t seen anyone prosecuted or punished.

    http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/nabi-saleh-9-12-2011-mustafatamimi-video/

    If Michael knows of any reports about IDF prosecutions, please share them. I found one article in Haaretz about a soldier who killed 2 women in Gaza. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-to-charge-soldier-with-killing-two-palestinian-women-during-gaza-war-1.296500

  2. iris keltz

    Does the Hebrew writing on the weapons mean they were made in Israel as opposed to the US. That the sacred language of Hebrew is used to label weapons makes me very sad.

    • The Hebrew writing is intended for the Israeli soldiers, so that they will be able to read the instructions for proper use of their munitions. The manufacturer (Israeli or not) would print a text for the customer in the desired language, so the language is no proof of country of origin. While it makes me sad that Israel (any nation for that matter) needs an army, I think it very reasonable that instructions in that army are a language the soldiers can read.

      On a side note – the ones with writing on them are stun grenades. It is a non-lethal ammunition in routine use of police and other security forces worldwide. Made of plastic and cardboard, they produce a flash of light and a loud noise.

      • Michael is correct regarding the stun gun being a non-lethal crowd control weapon. However, these weapons — when shot directly at someone — can be very lethal. There are many examples where the IDF has killed or seriously maimed peaceful protesters in the West Bank with these weapons. I’ve read about such accounts and talked with first-hand observers.

      • There have been accidents concerning the use of non-lethal weapons such as taser guns and stun grenades in the US, Canada and elsewhere. These are, indeed, accidents as the munition is specifically designed not to be lethal.

        The IDF and Israeli police personnel are under strict orders regarding the use of both lethal and non-lethal means, and those who disregard these orders are prosecuted, in disciplinary and if necessary, also criminal court.

        What some consider a “peaceful” activity, like blocking roads, throwing stones and bottles, others view rather differently. More so, what is considered “peaceful” in Judea and Samaria is suddenly called “rioting” when, for example, the BBC reports from illegally occupied Northern Ireland.

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