I do not know if many are following developments in opposition of Israel's ethnic cleansing operation against Palestinians, but it seems that Anonymous has chosen a side (they actually did long ago, but it is being talked about much more in recent days). As everyone would expect, they are waging a cyberwar against Israel. It is unknown how much damage and economic loss they have caused within Israel, but anything that could divert resources from the Gaza attack will be welcomed by Palestinians.

Anonymous are also using their platform in an attempt to give the divestment and boycott movement additional traction. Anonymous is adding their voice to groups such as Jewish Voice For Peace by placing their information on Anonymous' own Youtube feed. (The following video is very informative and I would encourage everyone to take the few minutes to watch it.)

This promotes actions that are legal which anyone can take in the hope that we can influence Israeli policy. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has slowly been gaining traction, and large investment groups and some corporations are beginning to take part. A list of achievements can be found here.

If you are interested in taking part in BDS, it may seem overwhelmingly difficult to know which products are produced in Israel, but there is a very simple way to know the origin of any consumer product: All you have to do is look at the first three digits in the barcode on the packaging. These are the country code of origin. Israel's code of origin is 729.

For me it has become second nature to look at the barcode to see if it has this number. Some items may surprise you. I very forlornly had to return one item from Victoria's Secret to its place on the rack once.


For those that are skeptical of the BDS movement, I would like to point out that it did help end apartheid in South Africa.