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Israel collaborator recruiter punked
by Electronic Intifada (reposted)
Monday Jan 5th, 2009 7:00 PM
In addition to bombs and missiles that have killed an ever increasing number of Palestinian civilians, Israel has dropped millions of flyers on the occupied, besieged Gaza Strip.
One such flyer, an image of which was sent to The Electronic Intifada, seeks to recruit Palestinian collaborators. Signed by the "Israel Defense Forces command," and addressed to the "the residents of the Gaza Strip," the flyer states: "You hold the responsibility for your own fate!" It invites Palestinians to call or email the Israeli army "to inform us about the location of rocket launching sites and the terrorist gangs that made you hostages of their actions." Because collaboration with an occupier is universally viewed as one of the worst forms of betrayal, the flyer warns "For your own safety, please maintain secrecy when you call us."

EI decided to call the number provided. What follows is a translation of the Arabic conversation between an EI editor and an Israeli officer who identifed himself using the Arabic name "Abu Ibrahim."

Israel has used cash, but has sometimes attempted to blackmail desperately sick Palestinians by witholding access to medical care unless they collaborate. Israel may also hope that the humanitarian catastrophe it has deliberately created in the Gaza Strip will make Palestinians more vulnerable to this kind of exploitation.

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by hmm
Monday Jan 5th, 2009 7:03 PM
Protests so far haven't done little but if these numbers can all be given out internationally perhaps the lines the IDF uses to talk to collaborators could be jammed? They would at least have to drop new flyers if the number becomes to widely used.
by m
Monday Jan 5th, 2009 10:01 PM
According to the Gaza Strip country code is 970? So dialed from a US cell phone the number might be +970 2-5839749 (dropping the zero?)
by m
Monday Jan 5th, 2009 10:32 PM
I believe it's actually an Israeli number, not a Gaza strip number, so it would be +972 2-5839749
by m
Monday Jan 5th, 2009 10:38 PM
Because he didn't sound too suprised when I called and said to stop bombing Gaza ("Sure"), and then also tried to order a pizza, with pepperoni and ground beef ("OK, have a nice day").