July 27, 2021

Turkey - Turkish Jewish media outlets hit with cyberattacks amid global antisemitism surge

Istanbul
- The cyberattacks began in May following the outbreak of fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip this spring.

Months after the ceasefire, they are still targeting Avlaremoz, an alternative Turkish Jewish web magazine.

The media outlet has been sustaining consistent “denial-of-service” or “ddos” attacks, in which a website is bombarded with thousands if not millions of input requests, overwhelming and usually crashing it.

“Two days ago, we had fifty million inputs trying to get inside.” Avlaremoz’s co-founder, Eli Haligua, told the Forward. “Yesterday again they attacked, when it will finish, I don’t know.”Haligua doesn’t know for sure that the attacks on Avlaremoz are the work of the “IBDA-Cyber Front, which has taken credit for hits on other Jewish media outlets. IBDA, which is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S., and the European Union is the Turkish acronym for a movement known in English as “the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders Front.”

It follows the ideology of Turkish Islamist and nationalist writer Necip Fazıl Kısakürek who advocates for the reestablishment of the Islamic Caliphate and the creation of a federated Sunni state covering the whole Middle East.

Before its website was attacked, it was also the subject of a Tweet: “You will not be able to cover up your Islamophobia under the guise of ‘antisemitism.’ WE ARE IN YOU, real and virtual!”
Avlaremoz was founded in 2016 by young Turkish Jews who had participated in the 2013 Gezi Park anti-government protests that roiled Istanbul. It aimed to provide Turkish Jewry with a platform not available to them within the establishment media and placed a particular focus of monitoring antisemitism in the country.

Source: forward