IDF Psy-ops

Posted in Politics + Diplomacy by expresscheckout on 31 July, 2006

These are some examples of the leaflets the international community has been told were dropped by the IDF in Lebanon: 

Leaflet dropped by IDF in Lebanon 24-7 

Quotes: The frog (the Lebanese people) asks, ‘Why, oh why do you bite me?’ The scorpion (Hizbollah) answers, ‘Because biting is in my nature…’
Leaflet dropped by IDF in Lebanon on July 24, 2006

Leaflet dropped by IDF outside dorm at AUB 7-15

Quotes: The resistance protects the nation’s people…? [No,] the nation’s people defeated the resistance!!!
Leaflet dropped by IDF outside dorm at the American University of Beirut on July 15, 2006

‘This is the beginning of the cellular phone war’
By The Associated Press
August 7, 2006
“Hasan,” said the deep voice on the phone, “have you realized yet
that the Israeli army not as delicate as a spider’s web? It’s a web of steel that will strangle you!”

The “Hassan” being address was Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, but the message was for all Lebanese. The automated, recorded calls have flooded Lebanese telephones since the Israeli onslaught began 27 days.

Phone calls with recorded messages slam Hezbollah. Hackers splash warnings that read “Hezbollah members beware” into transmissions from the militant organization’s television station over a picture of Nasrallah.

It seems Israelis are everywhere – not just on the ground in south Lebanon or the skies or on ships off the coast.

The Israel Defense Forces refused to confirm that they were behind the calls that Lebanese throughout the country started to receive soon after the hostilities began July 12. But few Lebanese doubt who is sending them.

“This is the beginning of the cellular phone war between Israel and Hezbollah,” wrote Ahmed Mughrabi, a reporter for Al-Hayat newspaper who received the “Hasan” call.

“The cellular and land lines have become ingredients of the modern psychological and propaganda wars, joining other tools of such wars like the radio, TV, flyers and the Internet,” he added.

Typically, the calls start coming in the afternoon and quite frequently in the middle of the night. A “0000” number flashes on the phone screen, indicating an overseas call. The voice on several other recorded messages is identical to the one on the “Hasan” message, and they deliver the same anti-Hezbollah line.

“This is the state of Israel,” said one message that urged Lebanese to end their support for Hezbollah. “This resistance … is forcing you to stay at home like rats.” Another posed questions: “Who is it that’s putting your life in danger? Who is using you as human shields?”

But that’s not the only way Israel is making its presence felt outside its military strikes. During a recent prime time newscast on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV that was airing a footage of Nasrallah, viewers suddenly saw “Hezbollah members beware” splashed across the screen, the words running over the guerrilla leader’s black turban.

They also flashed a picture of the body of a dead man sprawled on his back with a caption claiming it was a Hezbollah’s special forces fighter.”Nasrallah is lying to you. We’re not the ones hiding our losses,” said another caption.

Ibrahim Farhat, head of public relations at Al-Manar, dismissed the incident, saying Israel has been jamming and hacking into Al-Manar and other satellite stations almost every day especially in coastal areas.
“This is part of the psychological war. They’re just trying to scare people,” he said. “We don’t give this any importance.”

In addition to their sophisticated propaganda campaign, Israelis have been popping up in tiny remote villages, according to Lebanese accounts.

Al-Massira magazine said an Israeli airborne force consisting of dozens of troops landed in the village of Shabrouh near a dam project in the Christian heartland of Kesrouan one recent night. The soldiers, equipped with the latest night-vision technology, spent three hours inspecting tunnels and pipes. The magazine said the troops apparently were looking for Hezbollah rocket launchers.

“The Shabrouh operation has become the talk of town, spreading from house to house house,” said Al-Massira.

But neither the government nor Hezbollah has commented on the alleged incident, leading the magazine to wonder “whether the state knows nothing about the Israeli operation or if it knows but has opted to remain silent at this stage.”

In another incident, goat herd Muhammad Salim claimed that three Israeli soldiers “pounced” on him last week as he tended his goats in a barren, mountainous area in Tarayya, a village located between the eastern Bekaa Valley and Kesrouan, according to the National News Agency.

“They slipped a bag over my head, handcuffed me and asked me a lot of questions about the Lebanese army and Hezbollah in Arabic that was so poor I could hardly understand it,” he told the agency.

Thirteen hours later, the 15-year-old boy was airlifted to Israel by helicopter and then taken by car to a large room, according to NNA.

“One of two men in the room told me, ‘The state of Israel welcomes you,” Salim said in an interview with Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

The men asked him if he knew the location of army, police and Hezbollah positions, according to Salim’s account. “I told them I don’t know any positions, that I’m just a shepherd,” Salim told the paper.

Salim, a rangy teen with a shadow of a mustache, said he was then taken to a jail cell for a few hours before being handed over to U.N. troops in the Lebanese border village of Naquora who took him to the Lebanese Red Cross, according to Salim’s account.

Israel had no immediate comment on the incidents in Shabrouh or Tarayya.