MK Levin's mailbox – Arabic takes over
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MKs targeted by Arab spam

Knesset members flooded by Arabic-language emails; MK Tibi: I don't see the problem

Israel's Knesset members have been flooded by hundreds of Arabic-languages emails in the past two days.


The source of the unprecedented email wave isn't clear, as officials examine whether the spam attack is deliberate or merely a technical flaw allowing such letters to reach MK mailboxes.


A random inquiry with several Knesset members showed that all of them received large numbers of emails in Arabic in recent days. Likud MK Yariv Levin, who speaks Arabic, says that the letters he received contain information about the Palestinian issue.


Levin decided not to ignore the problem and filed a complaint with the Knesset's director and security chief.


"I discovered that this is a case of wholesale emails on behalf of Palestinian elements, which seek to flood MKs' mailboxes, apparently in order to disrupt their work," Levin wrote in his complaint letter.


Other Knesset members also filed a complaint over the issue, including Coalition Chairman Ze'ev Elkin.


However, Arab Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi said he was not familiar with the issue. "Even if they are getting mail in Arabic, what's the problem?" he said.


Meanwhile, Yisrael Beiteinu MK Faina Kirschenbaum said that anyone who wants Knesset members to read his message should write MKs in Hebrew.


"I hope there is no malicious intent to flood our mailboxes," she said.


Knesset Spokesman Yotam Yakir said the phenomenon is apparently a result of a technical mishap.


"The source of the problem is a flaw in the anti-spam software," he said. "The mishap is being handed and will be corrected soon."



פרסום ראשון: 03.16.11, 21:09
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