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Thursday, November 14

Anonymous calls for Israeli boycott with massive Twitter protest
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Anonymous’s most successful tweetstorm to date, “OpBOYCOTTIsrael,” trended worldwide. It provided “images and articles that promote boycott and divestment, expose Israeli war crimes and crimes against Palestinian children, and call out companies who profit off Israeli apartheid.”


Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement

November 12, 2013

In July, the European Union proposed a ban on providing financial assistance to Israeli organizations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip—a move Secretary of State John Kerry urged the E.U. to postpone. Last month, the Palestinan Authority reached out to 50 countries around the world to apply economic pressure to companies with business dealings in Israeli settlements.
On Saturday, hacktivist collective hosted its most successful tweetstorm to date, #OpBOYCOTTIsrael, in which it provided “70 tweets with images and articles that promote boycott and divestment, expose Israeli war crimes and crimes against Palestinian children, and call out companies who profit off Israeli apartheid.”
By flooding a given Twitter hashtag, Anonymous makes its point of focus trend globally, helping raise awareness through sheer ubiquity and curiosity. This particular tweetstorm was nearly a week in the making. A Pastebin document detailing the objective was released Nov. 4.
The long-term goal is to encourage citizens everywhere to use the so-called BDS techniquesboycotts, divestment, and sanctions—to to “undermine the cash that bankrolls Palestinian oppression.” It’s an ambitious aim, but BDS techniques have been successful in the past.
“A growing number of religious and political projects across the planet are embracing disinvestment as a form of economic pressure against Israeli occupation of Palestinian land,” reads a second, much more extensive Pastebin document. “Disinvestment works – the strategy played a potent role in dismantling apartheid in South Africa and it can work to dismantle Israeli apartheid in Palestine, too.”
The second Pastebin document also contains resources for Palestinians in Gaza who have had their Internet cut off in the past (remember #OpIsrael?), including links to a dialup supplier of choice in emergency situations and a guide to dealing with the media and generating coverage.
The tweetstorm was unusually disciplined and launched massively. The hashtag clocked up 22,301 tweets in its period of activity. The hashtag trended worldwide briefly, and the related #FreePalestine trended for several hours.
1518 Palestinian children killed by Israel in the past 13 years. Do you care? #opBOYCOTTisrael pic.twitter.com/q6PyC6e0XN via @WarDEagle999
@YourAnonNews: Companies that support Israeli apartheid and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine: pic.twitter.com/rG0B5GKp2e #opBOYCOTTisrael
 Retweeted by #opBOYCOTTisrael

Sat Nov 9  Because no child should live in terror | See @OpBOYCOTTisrael 8P EST/ 5P PST for full info
We’d like to thank everyone who participated in #opBOYCOTTisrael!We may’ve had an hr long twitstorm but the fight continues! #FreePalestine

Ed. note: Ali Abunimah debates how significant is the EU move to ban funding to Israel:

EU: Reinforcing the Green Line?

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