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Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut suburb
« on: July 13, 2006, 02:22:20 PM »
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13 Jul 2006
Source: Reuters
BEIRUT, July 13 (Reuters) - Israeli warplanes dropped thousands of leaflets in Hizbollah's stronghold in Beirut's southern suburb on Thursday, urging residents to stay away from the group's offices and buildings, witnesses said.

"For your own safety and because of our desire not to harm any civilians who are not involved (with Hizbollah), you should refrain from staying in areas where Hizbollah is present and operating," said the Arabic-language leaflets, signed "The State of Israel".


Daily Star Lebanon
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=73960
By Raed El Rafei
Friday, July 14, 2006
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Late Thursday, Israeli warplanes dropped leaflets across Lebanon warning residents to stay away from any areas where Hizbullah is active.

"Due to the terrorist activities carried out by Hizbullah, the Israeli Army will continue its work within Lebanese territories for as long as it deems fit to protect Israeli citizens," the leaflets read. "For your own safety and because we do not wish to cause any more civilian deaths, you are advised to avoid all places frequented by Hizbullah.

"You should know that the continuation of terrorist activities against Israel will be considered a double-edged sword for you and Lebanon."

The leaflets were signed "The State of Israel."

This appears to be the leaflet mentioned in above article in the Daily Star. From Lebanon Links:
http://www.lebanonlinks.com/special/israel_leaflets_warning.html





Also leaflets were dropped in Gaza the previous day:
http://english.bna.bh/?ID=47338
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Israeli war planes throw leaflets in Gaza
Gaza, July. 12, (BNA) Israeli war planes threw over Gaza today leaflets calling on Gaza residents to stay away from areas Israeli forces have penetrated.
The leaflets affirmed that the Israel aggression in Gaza will continue to locate the place were the abducted Israeli soldier is being kept and to secure his release. Moreover, a warning was given to all those who tried to cripple inspection operations.

...and a fortnight earlier:
http://www.imemc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19632&Itemid=1
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Israeli army distributes leaflets warning residents of military operations      
Ghassan H Bannoura-IMEMC - Thursday, 29 June 2006, 16:58
    
Israeli warplanes flying over Gaza have been dropping leaflets, in addition to bombs, on the Palestinians living there.  The IMEMC managed to obtain a copy of the leaflet, and have translated it.  The translation says:


"To The Residents of the Area:

The Israeli Defense Forces is conducting military operations throughout the Gaza Strip, including your area, in order to locate and rescue the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Sharit, and to continue to defend the residents of the Israeli state.

 For your own safety and from our willingness to not harm residents who are not involved in operations against the Israeli Defense Forces, you are forbidden from moving or gathering in the areas that the Israeli army is working in. You are forced to obey the army's orders. Anyone who obstructs our forces working in Gaza to retrieve the kidnapped soldier will put himself in danger.

 Signature

 The General Command of the Israeli Defense Forces"

Those leaflets were dropped as the Israeli army continued heavy artillery shelling in numerous air strikes and ground invasion in the eastern and northern parts of the Gaza Strip.
 
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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2006, 07:19:21 AM »
From what I have seen, generally the IDF haven't used much in the way of illustrations in their previous leaflet output but a new leaflet does:
 
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3275896,00.html

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As part of the ongoing campaign against Hizbullah, IAF planes dropped leaflets on Beirut criticizing the terror group’s chief, Hassan Nasrallah.
The leaflet includes a caricature of Nasrallah, who is depicted as a Cobra snake about to swallow the Lebanese capital.

PsyWar.Org is trying to obtain a copy of it...
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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2006, 10:17:50 AM »
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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2006, 10:39:23 AM »

Courtesy of AFP:

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Israel Drops Anti-Nasrallah Leaflets on Beirut
Israeli warplanes early Saturday [15 July 2006] dropped leaflets on Beirut depicting Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah as a cobra threatening to strike out at the Lebanese capital.
"To the Lebanese people, beware: he appears to be a brother, but he is a snake," said the green leaflet showing a caricature of the face of a bespectacled Nasrallah in his black turban rolled in the shape of a snake.

In the picture, Nasrallah is lashing out at the capital and its suburbs.

Packages of leaflets, tied to parachutes, were dropped at dawn in downtown Beirut, but were swiftly rounded up by Lebanese security forces.

The Israeli air force Thursday dropped leaflets calling on civilians to avoid strongholds of Hizbullah, a day after Israel launched an offensive after the group's capture of two Israeli soldiers.

Israeli forces struck Nasrallah's office and home in Beirut's Shiite-dominant southern suburbs, prompting the Hizbullah chief who escaped the attacks to declare an "open war" against the Jewish state.(AFP)
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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2006, 08:08:11 PM »
From the Telegraph (UK newspaper)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/07/17/wmid417.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/07/17/ixuknews.html

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Lebanese run for cover as Israeli jets rip into the heart of Hizbollah
By Tim Butcher in Lebanon
(Filed: 17/07/2006)

...Israel stepped up its propaganda -campaign yesterday when fighter jets dropped leaflets over southern Lebanon warning of more attacks.

Two of the leaflets featured images of Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hizbollah, as a cobra destroying Lebanon, with one also including references to President Bashar Assad of Syria, Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniya and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinjad.

The third pamphlet warned that Israel would increase its bombardment of Hizbollah and said: "Let it be known that continued terrorism against Israel will not allow you to be in peace."
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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2006, 09:33:33 AM »

July 17, 2006
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BEIRUT, Lebanon

...Lebanese T-V is showing video of what Hezbollah claims is an Israeli helicopter gunship falling to the ground near the Lebanese capital. The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation says it's an F-16 fighter jet.

The Israeli military says none of its aircraft was shot down over Beirut. Israeli T-V says the object shown burning and crashing was a container of propaganda leaflets dropping from an Israeli plane.

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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2006, 05:57:09 PM »
A Lebanese boys gathers up leaflets dropped in Saida by the Israeli air force, south Lebanon July 16, 2006.
Courtesy of REUTERS/SHARIF KARIM.
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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2006, 06:03:40 PM »
A Lebanese man burns leaflets that were dropped in Beirut by Israeli warplanes July 16, 2006.
Courtesy of REUTERS/SHARIF KARIM.

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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2006, 10:51:10 AM »
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1150886036308&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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Jul. 18, 2006 18:13
IAF again drops leaflets on Lebanon
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

IDF officials said Tuesday [18 July 2006] that IAF aircraft were dropping leaflets on southern Lebanon warning residents to flee the area ahead of an impending attack.

The IDF has routinely dropped leaflets over the past week warning civilians to evacuate the area.

Brig. Gen. Miri Regev, the army's chief spokeswoman, told Israel's Channel 2 that aircraft had again dropped the leaflets Tuesday afternoon.

Ironically the same sort of thing was happening in the same place 60 years ago:
http://www.psywar.org/apddetailsdb.php?detail=1943IT01
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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2006, 08:24:16 AM »
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/viewstory.asp?Page=%5CForeignBureaus%5Carchive%5C200607%5CINT20060719c.html

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Israel's Military Operation Open-Ended, Olmert Says
By Julie Stahl
CNSNews.com Jerusalem Bureau Chief
July 19, 2006

The Israeli army dropped leaflets on areas of southern Lebanon warning the civilian population "to stay clear of areas from which rockets are launched against Israel" The leaflets warned that these areas would become targets for the Israeli Air Force and that civilians remaining in those areas "are endangering their lives."

The leaflets also stressed that any truck or pickup truck traveling south of the Litani River (about 15 miles north of the Israeli border) would be suspected of transporting weapons and rockets and would therefore be a potential target for the Israeli army.
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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2006, 04:07:07 PM »
Thanks to Mustapha at The Beirut Spring for pointing me to the following...



This from Tom McCarthy's blog:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-mccarthy/blogging-in-beirut-dr_b_25292.html

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Two cartoons that appeared in the streets of majority-Christian neighborhoods in Beirut over the last week. Probably they were dropped by Israeli planes although I have heard at least one person speculate that they were distributed by anti-Hizbullah factions inside Lebanon. The top one I found one morning on a second-floor balcony so that would indicate plane-drop, unless it's the upstairs neighbors. The bottom one I found on a sidewalk. The top one is green; the bottom I've seen in both yellow and pink. They're hard to find in Gemmayzeh, where I live. Either not that many fell here or people are collecting them.



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The top one says:

To the Lebanese people Know!!! To your face a brother and to your back a snake!!!
That's the leader of Hizbullah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's head on the cobra. He's coming out of the southern suburbs to strike the city.

The bottom one has Nasrallah as a cobra (the markings on the snake's hood are bombs) being charmed out of a basket bearing Lebanon's national symbol, the cedar tree. From left to right playing flutes are Syrian President Bashar Assad, Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They're all seated on an outline of Lebanon. The Nasrallah-snake is saying "Need anything?" or "Any favors?"



And this from BloggingBeirut.com
http://bloggingbeirut.com/archives/510-repost-to-all-lebanese-residents-updated.html

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This leaflet, and another few hundred thousand, were dropped on the phoenicia hotel (today) in downtown beirut.



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To The Lebanese Residents
The Israeli army will increase its actions in Lebanon against the continuing terrorist actions of Hizbullah to defend the citizens of the state of israel.
For the sake of your own safety, and in our wish not to harm any civilians that are not implicated, you must keep away from the locations where Hizbollah is present and acting against the state of Israel.
Including:
Locations where missiles are fired in the direction of the state of israel
Locations of Hizbullah's bottomnals and military equipment
Hizbollah's centers south of Beirut and areas under its control in the south of Lebanon.
Beirut's southern suburb, the center of terrorism.
The Israeli defense army calls on the Lebanese residents and Lebanese army to refrain from aiding, either directly or indirectly, elements of Hizbollah. Anyone who does will be putting their life in danger.
Know that the persistance of terrorism against the state of Israel is keeping you from a better future.
The state of Israel



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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2006, 06:20:42 AM »
A new Israeli leaflet today, this from the Irish Examiner:
http://www.irishexaminer.com/breaking/story.asp?j=189621716&p=y896zz4zz&n=189622476

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20/07/2006 - 9:12:06 AM

Israeli Army warns Gazans to get rid of bottomnals  

The Israeli Army dropped leaflets on towns and villages in the Gaza Strip today, warning residents that anyone with an bottomnal of weapons in their homes would be attacked.

After dropping the leaflets, military officials said the army was adopting a “new policy” of attacking homes in civilian areas where weapons such as home-made rockets were secretly stored.

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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2006, 07:40:08 AM »
A little more on IDF PSYOP tactics courtesy of The Times (London):
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2278300,00.html
20 July 2006

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At the same time the Israelis are telling civilians to leave south Lebanon - they're dropping leaflets, putting little propaganda stickers denigrating Hezbollah, and they've resurrected an old radio station that their allies in south Lebanon used to run during the occupation. They're even sending people SMS messages telling them to leave, but they're dropping big bombs on the roads so it's extremely difficult to do so.

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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2006, 12:09:42 PM »
Courtesy of Matthew Good Blog more pictures from Lebanon showing leaflet drops:
http://matthewgood.org/2006/07/update-from-lebanon/









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Israel offers rewards to Lebanese
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2006, 04:06:27 PM »
Israel offers rewards to Lebanese for tips on Hezbollah
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L21884341.htm

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JERUSALEM, July 21 (Reuters) - Israel dropped leaflets across Lebanon on Friday offering "attractive material rewards" to people who give information about Hizbollah that helps the Jewish state's offensive against the guerrillas.

An army spokeswoman said the rewards could be a range of things, such as cash or a house. It was not clear how such items would be delivered or exactly what information Israel wanted.

The leaflets, worded in Arabic, call on people to "remove the sore known as Hizbollah from the heart of Lebanon", gave a phone number and Web site where information could be passed on.

Confidentiality was assured, said the leaflet, entitled "All 4 Lebanon".

A similar strategy as the British during the Malayan Emergency and more recently by the US is Iraq and Afghanistan when offering rewards for the capture of bin Laden, etc.
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Re: Israeli PSYOP phone calls
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2006, 06:17:41 AM »
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Late night calls from Israel spook jittery Lebanese
Reuters 21.07.06 | 21h23

BEIRUT, July 21 (Reuters) - At first, Bushra Khayyat tried to ignore the incessant ringing of the phone at her house in Lebanon’s southern port city of Sidon. It was 4 a.m., but she finally got out of bed.

“I said hello and got a recorded message from Israel,” she told Reuters.

In clear Arabic, the strong voice on the phone said: “Oh Lebanese people, we tell you not to follow Hizbollah. We will continue to strike and no one will bring your prisoners back from Israel except the Lebanese government.”

Other residents of the south have received similar calls.

“My grandmother got two calls at 5 and 6 in the morning saying the Israeli state would not stop the attacks and asking everyone to leave the area south of the Litani,” said one woman who is stranded in Sidon.

“She slammed the phone down.”

Israel has dropped flyers on Lebanon during its 10-day-old conflict with Hizbollah guerrillas, warning people to stay away from the group’s strongholds, warning them to evacuate their villages in the south or caricaturing the chief of Hizbollah.

But there was something eerie about the phone calls.

“It was a shock to get a call from Israel,” said Khayyat, who has since fled the bombardment to Syria and then France.

“I have caller ID on my landline and when I checked it came up as ‘out of area’. It’s not that I was scared, I just wished I could talk back to the voice but it was a recorded message.”

Khayyat got a similar call two nights later, this time answered by her maid, who, panicking when she heard a voice announce “this is Israel”, immediately put down the phone.
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Re: Israeli grey-ish website offering rewards
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2006, 07:05:21 AM »
A new website has popped up over the last few days making itself known in the comments section of various Lebanese Blogs. Titled All4Lebanon.org, with a logo in the Lebanese national colours of red, white, and green incorporating a cedar tree, on first look appears to be an anti-Hezbollah Lebanese website. With text in Arabic, English, and French it almost certainly intends to spread its message globally. It says in part:

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Let us not be content with words! Whoever is able and willing to help Lebanon eradicate Hizballah's evil and get back its independence, freedom and prosperity, whoever has information that could promote this purpose, is hereby invited to contact us at one of the addresses listed below.

Any information that well enhance peace in the area will be welcome, including information on Hizballah leaders and militants and on Hizballah facilities located amid peaceful civilians and elsewhere. The information will be used to plan the war on terrorism carefully and effectively.

Secrecy and appropriate financial reward are guaranteed. Help us remove this evil and restore normal life to the region.

You may enter your personal details, but you can also provide your information anomynously...


This not very convincing attempt at "grey" propaganda was recently exposed by The Beirut Spring web Blog. Unsurprising the All4Lebanon.org domain is registered in Israel. Actually its existence had already been announced in Israeli aerial leaflets (see above) killing any chance of the bluff succeeding.






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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2006, 07:05:29 AM »
More from Reuters:

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Across south Lebanon, families piled into cars and pickup trucks-flying white sheets they hoped would protect them from attack-and clogged roads to the north after Israeli planes dropped leaflets on Friday [21 July 2006] warning residents to flee for safety beyond the Litani river, about 20 km (13 miles) from the border.
But witnesses said an Israeli air strike hit one of the few remaining crossings over the river early yesterday, trapping hundreds of cars on the southern bank for several hours.
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More Israeli PSYOP
« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2006, 07:28:39 PM »
The Guardian has written a good summary of Israeli PSYOP in Lebanon.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1827428,00.html

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Info war goes personal with voicemail and text message

Clancy Chassay in Tyre
Monday July 24, 2006
The Guardian


Israel is directing a multimedia propaganda campaign at the besieged people of Southern Lebanon as it battles with Hizbullah.
Mobile phone users are being bombarded with text messages and phone calls, and a local radio station has suddenly had reports broadcast from the Israeli government's point of view.

Early on Friday morning the residents of Tyre were woken by a recorded message on their mobile phone voicemails, warning all those living south of the Litani river to leave immediately or risk being killed. The voice reading the message signed off: "the state of Israel."

Each day Israeli planes drop "propaganda bombs", which burst to send leaflets fluttering down on to streets and rooftops. Leaflets dropped yesterday morning described the Hizbullah leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, as a coward who hid in a cave while the Lebanese people suffered the consequences of his actions. "He has attacked Arab leaders and ignored the international community; is this what you want for Lebanon?" it asked.

An earlier leaflet depicted Nasrallah as a cobra rising up out of a jar. Sitting around him on a map of Lebanon were Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Hamas leader Khaled Mishaal, and Syria's president Bashar Assad, each playing a snake charmer's flute.Nasrallah is asking them: "What can I do for you?".

Meanwhile mobile phone users regularly receive messages sent to their phones which appear as news updates, attempting to discredit Nasrallah or the party he leads. Titled "News", a message sent early yesterday reported that the Hizbullah leader had prepared a secure bunker for himself and other senior Hizbullah officials to flee to in Syria.

The Israeli forces have also resurrected the old Voice of Lebanon radio station, once operated by Israel's military ally the South Lebanon Army before it was defeated by Hizbullah in 2000. Previously funded by Israel, frequency 103.7 is once again broadcasting the Israeli line. "Why do those people blame Israel for defending itself against terrorism?" the commentator asks in Arabic. "Why should we let terrorists bomb our homes?"
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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2006, 07:51:20 AM »
From Naharnet Newsdesk:
http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/NewsDesk.nsf/0/80DF9D4620198058C22571B700374E66?OpenDocument

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Israel dropped leaflets on Sidon listing the names of nine Hizbullah fighters it claimed were killed in the battles.
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Re: Israel drops leaflets in Hizbollah's Beirut su
« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2006, 06:54:05 PM »
BBC News have put together a round-up of recent Israeli PSYOP. Looks like they have found pretty much the same information as in this PsyWar.Org thread.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5217484.stm

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[size=12]Israel steps up "psy-ops" in Lebanon [/size]
By Peter Feuilherade
BBC Monitoring
Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 16:32 GMT

From mass targeting of mobile phones with voice and text messages to old-fashioned radio broadcasts warning of imminent attacks, Israel is deploying a range of old and new technologies in Lebanon as part of the psychological operations ("psyops") campaign supplementing its military attacks.
 
According to US and UK media outlets, Israel has reactivated a radio station to broadcast messages urging residents of southern Lebanon to evacuate the region.

Some reports have named the station as the Voice of the South.

The South Lebanon Army, a Christian militia backed by Israel, operated a radio station called Voice of the South from Kfar Killa in southern Lebanon in the 1980s and 1990s.

The station closed down in May 2000 when Israeli forces withdrew from southern Lebanon.

Cash for tip-offs

The Israeli newspaper Maariv on Sunday reported the appearance of a website called All 4 Lebanon which offered payment for tip-offs from Lebanese citizens "that could help Israel in the fight against Hezbollah".

"Whoever is able and willing to help Lebanon eradicate Hezbollah's evil and get back its independence, freedom and prosperity is hereby invited to contact us"

All 4 Lebanon website

According to Maariv, the site, with content in Arabic, English and French, had been set up by Israeli intelligence.

"We appeal to everyone who has the ability and the desire to uproot the sore called Hezbollah from your heart and from the heart of Lebanon," the paper quoted the website as saying in Arabic.

On its English-language page, the site says: "Whoever is able and willing to help Lebanon eradicate Hezbollah's evil and get back its independence, freedom and prosperity is hereby invited to contact us."

It adds: "For your own safety, please contact us from places where no-one knows you."

The Arabic wording is identical to that on leaflets which Israeli aircraft have been dropping over Beirut and the south of Lebanon.

The leaflets called on people to "remove the sore known as Hezbollah from the heart of Lebanon".

The rewards "could be a range of things, such as cash or a house", according to an Israel Defence Forces spokeswoman quoted by Reuters news agency.

It was not clear how such items would be delivered or exactly what information Israel wanted, Reuters noted.

Mobile aggression

On Friday, residents of southern Lebanon reported receiving recorded messages on their mobile phones from an unknown caller.

The speaker identified himself as an Israeli and warned people in the area to leave their homes and head north.

Dubai-based news channel al-Arabiya TV reported that the recorded messages also said they "held the Lebanese government responsible for the abduction of the two Israeli soldiers, and called on Lebanon to set them free".

Inquiries by Lebanon's communications ministry revealed that the calls had come from exchanges in Italy and Canada, but had originated in Israel.

According to US magazine Time, Israel has been targeting SMS text messages at local officials in southern Lebanon, urging them to move north of the Litani river before Israeli military operations intensified.

The UK's Guardian newspaper said mobile phone users in Lebanon were regularly receiving messages to their phones which purported to be news updates, attempting to discredit Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah or his party.

Satellite warfare next?

As Israel broadens its psyops activities, it also continues to attack media targets using conventional military means.

Air raids on Saturday hit transmission stations used by Hezbollah's al-Manar TV, Future TV and the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC). A technician working for LBC was reported to have been killed.

The next day, a convoy of journalists from Lebanese and pan-Arab TV channels was attacked by Israeli planes while on a tour of southern Lebanon; no injuries were reported.

According to an unconfirmed report by Egypt's Middle East News Agency, Israel managed on Sunday "to intercept the satellite transmissions of Hezbollah's al-Manar TV channel for the third successive day, replacing it with Israeli transmissions that reportedly showed Hezbollah command sites and rocket launching pads which Israel claimed it has raided".

Replacing a TV station's picture with output you want the audience to see is more difficult to achieve than jamming.

Al-Manar TV has three satellite signals, one on ArabSat 2B at 30.5 degrees east, one on Badr 3 at 26 degrees east and one on NileSat 102 at 7 degrees west.

On Badr 3 and NileSat, al-Manar is broadcast alongside other TV stations in a multiplexed or combined digital signal.

While it would be technically feasible to replace one station's output, all the other stations in the multiplex would be taken off the air too. The technical parameters of the original station would need to be exactly duplicated by the interloper.
 
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Re: Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers
« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2006, 05:55:26 AM »
Thanks to arrse.co.uk for bringing this to my attention.
From the Times (UK):
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2289232,00.html

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[size=12]Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers[/size]
From Yonit Farago in Jerusalem
 
WHILE Israel fights Hezbollah with tanks and aircraft, its supporters are campaigning on the internet.

Israel’s Government has thrown its weight behind efforts by supporters to counter what it believes to be negative bias and a tide of pro-Arab propaganda. The Foreign Ministry has ordered trainee diplomats to track websites and chatrooms so that networks of US and European groups with hundreds of thousands of Jewish activists can place supportive messages.

In the past week nearly 5,000 members of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) have downloaded special “megaphone” software that alerts them to anti-Israeli chatrooms or internet polls to enable them to post contrary viewpoints. A student team in Jerusalem combs the web in a host of different languages to flag the sites so that those who have signed up can influence an opinion survey or the course of a debate.

Jonny Cline, of the international student group, said that Jewish students and youth groups with their understanding of the web environment were ideally placed to present another side to the debate.

“We’re saying to these people that if Israel is being bashed, don’t ignore it, change it,” Mr Cline said. “A poll like CNN’s takes just a few seconds to vote in, but if thousands take part the outcome will be changed. What’s vital is that the international face of the conflict is balanced.”

Doron Barkat, 29, in Jerusalem, spends long nights trawling the web to try to swing the debate Israel’s way. “When I see internet polls for or against Israel I send out a mailing list to vote for Israel,” he said. “It can be that after 15 minutes there will be 400 votes for Israel.

“It’s very satisfying. There are also forums where Lebanese and Israelis talk.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry must avoid direct involvement with the campaign but is in contact with international Jewish and evangelical Christian groups, distributing internet information packs.

Amir Gissin, the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s public relations director, said: “The internet’s become a leading tool for news, shaping the world view of millions. Our problem is the foreign media shows Lebanese suffering, but not Israeli. We’re bypassing that filter by distributing pictures showing how northern Israelis suffer from Katyusha rocket attacks.”
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« Reply #23 on: August 02, 2006, 06:55:49 AM »
From The New York Sun:
http://www.nysun.com/article/37140

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[size=12]Israel War Effort Extends Even To Hezbollah TV[/size]

By ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the Sun
August 2, 2006


HAIFA, Israel — Viewers of Hezbollah TV are getting some unexpected interruptions — courtesy of their enemy.

In the middle of newscasts and programming from Hezbollah's Al-Manar station, Israeli technicians are hacking the signal and replacing it with a 90-second spot that begins with a gun site superimposed on a crude drawing of Hezbollah's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, looking at the ground.

The image is punctuated by the sound of three gunshots and framed on the top with the words, "Your day is coming, coming, coming." On the bottom of the image of Sheik Nasrallah are the words: "The state of Israel." For the next 90 seconds, the message is clear: Give up. Resistance is futile.

The special broadcast to Al-Manar's audience from Israel is the latest salvo in the Jewish state's propaganda war against the Iranian-backed terror militia after Israel's military managed to hack into the satellite feed of the station over the weekend.

The spot goes on to show Sheik Nasrallah giving a speech in which a voice says: "There is no doubt that this is the strongest air force in the area. And we can't stand up against it." It features the view from Israeli bombers striking targets in Lebanon and ends with an announcer saying, "Nasrallah knows the truth, but he continues, as is his way, to drag Lebanon into destruction, to throw sand in your eyes."

Israeli officials yesterday would not speak on the record about the psychological warfare operation on Al-Manar, whose main headquarters was bombed on the first day of the air campaign on July 13. The station, which has aired docudramas reviving the Jewish blood libel, has managed to stay on the air through broadcasting from alternate studios, carrying a defiant speech from Sheik Nasrallah over the weekend. Israeli television first interrupted the Al-Manar signal over the weekend.

Speaking on background, one former senior Israel Defense Force official familiar with the operation said,"The aim of this is to disassociate the innocent civilian from the terrorist, who is using them and abusing them, by operating in the midst of a heavily populated area.

"When they are masquerading as civilians, they are putting every other person at risk. The aim of the psychological warfare is to get the Lebanese to see the terrorists are actually terrorists who are endangering you, to understand that Nasrallah is masquerading as the liberator of Lebanon."

Since the beginning of the war, Israel has engaged in a number of propaganda missions referred to as psy-ops, short for psychological warfare. These include dropping leaflets on Lebanese civilians, urging them to abandon Hezbollah. The leaflets feature a snake, which is a symbol in the Arab world for treachery.

Israel also has hacked Lebanese phone lines with recorded messages urging listeners to turn in Hezbollah fighters and operatives. Israeli radio stations are broadcasting in Lebanon with similar messages.

Psy-ops are increasingly a critical part of how advanced countries fight asymmetrical war. While Israeli commanders insist that the sorties of bombs that they have dropped on Lebanon are aimed at Hezbollah infrastructure, part of the war campaign is aimed at sanctioning the Lebanese people to the point where they understand the terrible price that the country will pay for allowing Hezbollah to work in its midst.

This is one way that Israel's information warfare in Lebanon is distinguished from America's efforts in Iraq and the broader Middle East. While the Pentagon and State Department stressed their aim of winning hearts and minds, the Israelis for now are content with terrifying the friends of their enemy.

"Part of this is to instill fear," the former senior Israel Defense Force official said. "This is mostly aimed at the Hezbollah operative. This is instilling fear." The official added, however, that the most effective part of the message was that it proved Israel could take over Hezbollah's primary instrument of propaganda. "If you could destroy Al-Manar, which we all know is a platform for destroying psychological order, it is one thing. But better than destroying it is using it against them," the official said.

One Israeli military spokesman pointed out that Hezbollah also uses psychological operations against Israelis.

"Hezbollah has a special unit dealing only with communication and psychological warfare," Olivier Rafowicz said. "This unit is dealing with Al-Manar in the promotion of the image of Hezbollah. For many years, they have been strong, using television to try to demolish the morale of the soldiers and the population of Israel. They were filming their terror operations, for example. One team … specialized in filming the operations. When they were successful, the film was given to everyone in the world."

Mr. Rafowicz added that Sheik Nasrallah's recent threats to strike Tel Aviv and a petrochemical facility in Haifa was a form of psychological warfare.


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Leaflets Urge Hezbollah Fighters To Surrender
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NABATIYEH, Lebanon (AP)--Israeli aircraft dropped leaflets over south Lebanon Wednesday, calling on Hezbollah guerrillas to surrender and warning them that "we will get you wherever you flee."
The leaflets were dropped a day after Israeli commandos stormed a Hezbollah-run hospital in Baalbek in eastern Lebanon, where Israel said it killed 10 guerrillas and captured five. Hezbollah and residents said the casualties and prisoners were civilians and not members of the guerrilla group.
"Israeli Defense Forces last night worked courageously and strongly against the hideouts of your gang in Baalbek," read one leaflet found in the southern town of Nabatiyeh. "You should know that you will not be able to run way from our long arm and we will get you where you flee, whether over or underground."
"Your leaders have abandoned you and fled away after sending you to death for the sake of foreign interests," the one-page banner said. "What you still have is one alternative only: surrender."
Israeli aircraft have been dropping leaflets since shortly after fighting began on July 12. Most of them were either against Hezbollah and its leader sheik Hassan Nasrallah, or called on residents to leave border villages.
 
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