A pro-Israeli government website has taken it upon themselves to publicize the identities of pro-Palestinian student activists. Their aim is to prevent them from getting jobs when they graduate from college.
Ironically, however, the website’s owners and operators wish to keep their own backers’ identities a secret. Now the “hacktivist” group Anonymous is fighting back…
“It is your duty to ensure that today’s radicals are not tomorrow’s employees,” the narrator of the “Canary Mission” web video says on the Israeli website’s YouTube account.
The site posts the profiles of dozens of students and recent graduates. They also including people who are obviously well-known to anyone who would be perusing the website, like Omar Barghouti, the founder of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement.
“The focus on young people and students is an effort to try to tell people that there will be a price for you taking a political position,” Ali Abunimah, the founder of the pro-Palestinian website Electronic Intifada told Ha’Aretz. “It’s an effort to punish and deter people from standing up for what they believe.”
The Israeli newspaper notes that “despite its dedication to documenting the identities of pro-Palestinian activists, Canary Mission seems to have gone to great lengths to keep the identities of its own members and backers well hidden. There are no names of Canary Mission staff members, volunteers, donors or allies on the site.”
The Canary Mission also says it “is a non-profit organization,” but there is no group called Canary Mission registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3).
Now, Anonymous #RedCult has responded to the “Canary Mission” by leaking Israeli user names and passwords. They say the action will continue as long as the Canary Mission continues to harass and bully people for doing nothing more than participating in lawful protests. Here is the “first wave” list that Red Cult sent us…
What do you think about the Canary Mission and Anonymous’ response to them?
(Article by Zeidy David)