The papers were found by the thousands all over Gaza on Friday morning and bear the signature of the Israeli military.
The leaflet reads:
To the residents of the Gaza Strip,
Take responsibility for your fate!
If you wish to provide help and assistance to your people in the sector, call the number below to provide us with the needed information. The
projectile launchers and the terrorist elements pose a threat to you and your families.
The power to stop the massacre is in your hands.
We will be glad to receive any information you have and it is not necessary to give us your personal information.
Your anonymity is guaranteed.
Call us at the following number:
Or you can e-mail us at: email@example.com to provide us with any information on the terrorist factions.
Note: To protect your safety, we ask you to be secretive when you call us.
Head of the Israeli Defense Forces
Israel has used similar tactics on several occasions, most recently during their 2006 war in Lebanon and earlier in 2003 during an attack on the West
Bank. The fliers are meant to shake the civilian population and crush the spirit of the ‘home front.’
Israeli military personnel have also cut into the Voice of Al-Quds radio station in Gaza and broadcast announcements to Gazans that convey a message
similar to the leaflets.
At the same time, the Al-Qassam Brigades, which is affiliated with Hamas, has managed to cut into Israeli military radio channels and broadcast
statements in Hebrew warning soldiers against entering the Gaza Strip.
It is not clear whether or not Google is aware of Israel's usage of its GMail program for military purposes. Calls to its headquarters in California
seeking comment on Friday were not immediately returned.
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