- Hamas releases threatening video in Hebrew
- Israel wary about potential Iranian, Hezbollah presence on the Golan Heights
- University of Michigan students receive mass anti-Semitic, racist emails
- Tel Aviv launches smart dog city
The video features a barrage of rockets raining down all over Israel, Hamas militants blowing themselves up among Israeli soldiers, and Jews being shot in the head. The Jewish characters resemble crude stereotypes common in anti-Semitic media.
Among the of the lyrical threats, the video warns “we will eat you, Zionists, without salt” and that "ooooh...Zionist, a rocket will get you where you live."
Hamas has released similar videos in the past.
Israeli officials are concerned about recent developments in the Syrian civil war, notably, Haaretz’s defense analyst Amos Harel wrote on Sunday, the fact that the Assad regime “has reestablished effective control…of the northern portion of its border with Israel on the Golan Heights…Now the Syrian army and militias that support it have managed to establish nearly contiguous control in the area north of the road from the city of Quneitra, in the Syrian Golan, to the capital, Damascus.” The regime has begun to exert a campaign to pressure village leaders in the southern Golan Heights to capitulate, which has showed results.
As the Michigan Daily reported, two identical emails were sent under the subject line “African American Student Diversity” with the message “Hi n*****s, I just wanted to say that I plan to kill all of you. White power! The KKK has returned!!! Heil Trump!!!!”
The third was sent under the subject line “Jewish Student Diversity” with the message, “Hi you f*****g filthy jews, I just wanted to say the SS will rise again and kill all of your filthy souls. Die in a pit of eternal fire! Sincerely, Dr. Alex Halderman.”
Halderman, a professor of computer science and engineering at the university, told the Daily that the emails were were “spoofed” to appear as if they came from him and one of his PhD students, Matt Bernhard. “Matt and I did not send them, and we don’t know who did. As I teach in my computer security classes, it takes very little technical sophistication to forge the sender’s address in an email,” he said.
Halderman added that he believed his name was used because of his status as an election security expert. He had previously encouraged a recount in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to make sure that vote totals in the recent presidential election had not been subject to hacking. “This appears to be a cowardly action by someone who is unhappy about the research that Matt and I do in support of electoral integrity,” he told the Daily.
In a joint statement, Michigan Hillel executive director Tilly Shames, Board of Trustees chairman Bob Stone, and Governing Board chair Joshua Blum said that the emails “were deeply disturbing and upsetting to our Jewish community."