Some satellite viewers of Israel’s Channel 2 reality show “Big Brother” found their broadcast interrupted on Friday night, to be replaced by a message of hatred from Palestinian terror group Hamas.
The adventures of house-bound reality stars were suddenly interrupted, and TV screens filled instead with images and messages of incitement from Hamas, which warned of fresh terror attacks. Soon afterwards, a volley of rockets was launched at southern Israel from Hamas-ruled Gaza. Four rockets fell in open areas.
Viewers were quick to bring attention to the interruption, which Channel 2 said only affected homes with private dishes, not those using Israel’s main satellite and cable companies. The disruption apparently lasted a little over three and a half minutes.
“Learn from history,” said the Hamas message in Hebrew and Arabic. “Flee for your lives and get out of our country.”
The text, which was displayed against a backdrop of images of past terror attacks and of security forces bringing down terrorists, continued: “You murder women and schoolgirls in cold blood.”
The hackers also aired images from funerals for soldiers and victims of terror attacks, with the message: “So wait for our pressure, the pressure will be fierce.”
The video included footage from a January 1 attack in Tel Aviv, when an Arab Israeli killed three people in a shooting spree.
“The year started in Tel Aviv,” said the accompanying message, “and we have already returned to Dizengoff,” a reference to the busy thoroughfare on which Nashat Milhem killed two people during the attack.
“Stay in your homes, the story is not over,” the Hamas message continued. “The continuation will come.”
Islamist terror group Hamas seized control of Gaza from Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority in 2007. It avowedly seeks the destruction of Israel. Israel and Egypt maintain a security blockade on Gaza in an effort to prevent Hamas, which has fought three recent wars against Israel, from importing weaponry.
Israeli security forces on Thursday night seized the West Bank offices of a Palestinian TV and radio station linked to the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, on the grounds that it was broadcasting incitement. The crackdown came after a string of Palestinian terror attacks in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Petah Tikva on Tuesday, which killed an American tourist and wounded more than a dozen people.