(Credit: Anonymous)

Israeli government sites were down yesterday following a threat from online activist collective Anonymous over Israel’s interception of a flotilla bound for Gaza. However, an Israeli official said the outage was a system malfunction.

In a YouTube video posted on Friday, Anonymous threatened to “strike back” if Israel continued to block humanitarian boats trying to reach Gaza. Earlier that day, the Israeli Navy boarded a Canadian and Irish ship headed toward Gaza and made arrests.

“Your actions are illegal, against democracy, human rights, international, and maritime laws,” the Anonymous video says. “Justifying war, murder, illegal interception, and pirate-like activities under an illegal cover of defense will not go unnoticed by us or the people of the world.”

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