Saturday, April 6, 2013

Anonymous join Ahmadinejad to demand "wipe Israel off ..."

Hacktivist collective Anonymous has announced a forthcoming cyber-attack on Israel set to "wipe Israel off the Internet.”

The date set for the attack is April 7, 2013 (in fact, the attack began several days earlier,targeting Facebook accounts).

April 7, Holocaust Memorial Day, is an indicative choice, and my only suggestion is to the members of the group:
  • Don’t be afraid, stand up, don’t hide behind the masks of anonymity.
  • Be brave, be honest, declare your aim: "wipe Israel off the Internet.” You join not a few who think likewise, for instance the Ayatollahs who want to "wipe Israel off the map."
Do follow in the footsteps of Norwegian philosopher Jostein Gaarder, who writes, “We do no longer recognize the State of Israel. … We laugh at this people’s – the Jews – fancies and weep over its misdeeds.” Then, foreseeing the fulfillment of his wet dream he excels in triumphant compassion, exclaiming “Peace and free passage for the evacuating civilian population no longer protected by a state. Fire not at the fugitives! Take not aim at them! They are vulnerable now like snails without shells… Give the Israeli refugees shelter, give them milk and honey!” (From Requiem: A Tale of Exile and Return, p. 15)

As a Jew, as an Israeli, who is not blind to our shortcomings and state my opinion openly (e.g. as a signature in a petition in HaAretz, April 4), I cannot but look around in bewilderment at this world, probably flawless were it not for "the laughable misdeeds of the Jews"...

As a small counter-contribution to the efforts of Anonymous to delete and erase, I will contribute half of my royalties from purchases of Requiem during April to Yad VaShem, the Holocaust Research and Memorial Center, which has the aim of bringing the victims of Genocide out of anonymity:

"And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (a "yad vashem")... that shall not be cut off." (Isaiah, chapter 56, verse 5).

Blurbs from the back cover of Requiem:

Requiem returns us to an eternal theme, a dialogue with Soul, and we know quite well what happens when one dialogues with Soul—we change, consciousness is enlarged, the impossible becomes possible and we no longer are compelled to blindly follow in the deathly path of our forefathers.

Requiem is a fictitious account of a scenario played out in the mind of many Israelis, pertaining to existential reflections and apocalyptic fears, but then, as well, the hope and commitment that arise from the abyss of trepidation. While set in Israel sometime in the present, it is a story that reaches into the timelessness of history, weaving discussions with Heine and Kafka into a tale of universal implications.

You can help in my efforts by purchasing Requiem at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Fisher King Press (it can also be bought in all these locations in Hebrew edition)

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