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Hamas has accused Israel of using Facebook to recruit spies from among the Palestinian community in the Gaza strip. For years Israel has maintained a network of agents in the West Bank and Gaza. Those discovered face torture and almost certain execution as collaborators. Hamas reckons fans of Bookface and similar services are …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    8th Century Mentality

    Remember, if you push for a return to "the good old days" of the 8th Century as so many middle east fundamentalists do, then even allowing an unrelated boy & girl to communicate via Facebook is a Capital Offense. And of course, everyone not from your family or tribe is a spy by definition.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      I see we've got a few Middle East experts as well in here. Presumably moonlightning as IT bods?

      Not sure what the point is on rehashing a Beeb article anyway. Just post the link.

      [ On a marginal note, I like the BBC's characterisation of Hamas as "the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip" ...after having won a majority of seats in the 2006 elections, that is. At least they were democratically elected unlike that Caledonian Christian prime minister in Britain, let alone its own head of state. Not that one sympathises with Hamas, but facts are facts, however inconvenient they might be. ]

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Talking of Middle East experts

        Your post hardly shews you to be the world's leading authority on the subject either. More of the same - short, sharp personal opinion. Nor could you resist to hijack the soapbox so that you could have your 5 mins spieling about Gordon Brown and spread your voting fail all over mine and others' internets.

        No problem with either post but you would do well to take take some time to read what you are about to post in future and whether that exact same commentary applies equally to you as well.

  2. zenith


    "The friend of my enemy is my enemy"?

    1. Goat Jam
      Paris Hilton

      Enemy List?

      I don't use MyFace, but I'm pretty sure there is no option to "enemy" someone. "Block" would be the nearest I guess.

      Having said that, having an enemy list might be a winner amongst the friendface crowd

      Paris, because she's everyones friend

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Not sure if ironic...

    But 'only' posting that you are a Hamas spokesman seems a multitude more dangerous then what most people post.

    (though it would be fun to create a few accounts to link up a few very unlikely contacts.)

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      RE: Not sure if ironic...

      Well, he'd be really in the brown stuff if he posted an aerial shot of his home from Google maps! Probably a bit more serious than the result when a twit at work did just that on their Facebook page, and then put up the dates she was away on holiday.....

      Anway, I'm glad the Israelis have finally found a real use for Facebook. Strange that all those undernourished, energy-starved Gazans can even run PCs, let alone have the energy to wade through Facebook!

  4. Justin Bennett
    Black Helicopters

    What's new?

    Does the author seriously think the rest of the world hasn't been doing this for a very long time with any form of electronic networking product?

    Who do you email, who are you linked to on IM products, Social Networks etc... all mapped and traced electronically which makes life so much easier for the Intelligence agencies. And c/o your IP a lot of different identities on different systems can all be mapped to you then to your networks...

    So, nothing new or exciting.

    1. Inachu


      Lay my head on the surgeon's table

      Take my fingerprints if you are able

      Pick my brains, pick my pockets

      Steal my eyeballs and come back for the sockets

      Run every kind of test from A to Z

      And you'll still know nothin' 'bout me

      Run my name through your computer

      Mention me in passing to your college tutor

      Check my records, check my facts

      Check if I paid my income tax

      Pore over everything in my C.V.

      But you'll still know nothin' 'bout me

      You'll still know nothin' 'bout me

      You don't need to read no books on my history

      I'm a simple man, it's no big mystery

      In the cold weather, a hand needs a glove

      At times like this, a lonely man like me needs love

      Search my house with a fine tooth comb

      Turn over everything 'cause I won't be home

      Set up your microscope, and tell me what you see

      You'll still know nothin' 'bout me

      You'll still know nothin' 'bout me

      You'll still know nothin' 'bout me etc.

      You'll still know zip a-bout me

  5. tim 4
    Black Helicopters

    i can haz shmert spionam?

    awwww C'MON!!!!!!!!!! if this isn't an indication that people are the same all over , nothing is. no diff between this and other crimtards posting pics and blogs about what they've stolen , vandalized or abused on the weekend. posting brags and bullshit is done by morons everywhere, to the benefit of LEO's and nat'l sec's all over. just enter them in the darwin award nominations and have done!


  6. Inachu

    I could careless.

    If let's say a Mossad agen or FBI or CIA come up to me and try to speak with an authorative type voice with all the googling they did on me.

    I would sing that song by sting "Still know nothing about me." To their face.

    Misinformation is my best friend!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      But do you know it yourself?

      "Misinformation is my best friend" -

      still you find that Information is your worst enemy? Why do you need such an awful unconvenience?

      C'mon, it's all about the hippish style of the media. They (Mossad, FBI, CIA, others) find their natural born working horses at quiet places. Of course, if one's allowing himself to be hired this way (esp. through the internet), one really shouldn't normally expect any long-term relations with an employee. I suppose it's the case when you're used and then thrown away/other or just set up for your counter-ground to take care of your future of a prisoner.

      Doesn't worth even money (-;

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They use blackmail as a recruiting tool

    From what I've read they refuse sick relatives access to medicine or medical treatment until they have family members spying for Israel. If no one spies for Israel, no family members get medical treatment.

  8. kimbjo

    Denial is a River in...Israel?

    Doesn't Israel deny everything? Ownership of nuclear weapons? deny. Using depleted uranium? deny. Bombing UN building? deny.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    (bad) joke alerts

    Considering the subject, how about "friending my enemy is endemic" as the tagline for this story?

  10. Euro_Deccy

    Facebook: Israel / Syria

    I spent a chunk of January in Syria. Whenever I dropped into an internet cafe the instant offer was "You want FB?" to which I generally replied: "OK, sure". Attendant swapped HOSTS file to a Western friendly version and Voila! FB works.

    I'm supposed to provide passport and have all surf details recorded. Syrian gov hasn't [yet] got a clue about national firewalls. FB is banned as allegedly it is a device used to spy on Syrians.

    PS As an aside: I've travelled extremely extensively and have yet to meet a more hospitable people than the Syrians I encountered.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      just work around it

      Syrian Government spasmodically tries to clamp down on internet access, but it's mainly for show. Like Syria's other vestiges of central state control, it's just something the locals live with and work around. And yes, the Syrians are incredibly hospitable.

  11. Winkypop Silver badge

    I'm starting "De-facebook"

    Where everyone posts utter tosh and lies about themselves...


    It's already been done?

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