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PA daily article: Don't talk openly about the resistance because collaborators pass the information to Israel

     “Since the ceasefire came into effect and the aggression ended, public activity and small talk have increased… However, all this is happening without adhering to the security instructions, and this small talk and the information it contains are collected and exploited by the occupation and its collaborators.

Many of the citizens in the shelter centers and hospitals have been talking in detail about their daily lives, the form of assistance they provide the resistance or the membership of their children in the resistance. In addition, they give details about their arrival at the hospital for treatment after having been injured, about doctors or nurses who were brought in to provide members of the resistance with what they needed or other details, which there is no need to mention.  However, unfortunately, they are still passed on to people without [first] verifying their identity or their loyalty to the homeland and struggle.  A man in a car boasted of having saved someone [trapped] under rubble, after convincing his neighbors, after the house was hit, that no armed person [had been] in it… Women in the shelter centers have been talking about their suffering and about how they would stay up at night preparing what the resistance members needed, before they were forced to leave and their homes were destroyed. In another example, a citizen told her neighbor that she thanked God she was safe and sound after the war ended, especially since a number of her relatives from the resistance stayed in her home during the war.

Cars and hospitals are probably where the greatest amount of daily small talk takes place - [talk] which provides additional information that collaborators can exploit, especially when information regarding the identity of the passenger or wounded person, their political affiliation, or activity in the resistance is given - as a way of boasting or swaggering - without taking into account that this is forbidden in terms of security … On the same issue, an owner of a cart for moving furniture and household goods said he had been forced to hear many stories, and that this was often a means of arousing sympathy. Many displaced citizens have been asking him for a reduction in payments on the grounds that the furniture had belonged to someone in the resistance or the security forces, or that the goods contained essential equipment that had to be protected when being moved from place to place.
Hairdressing salons filled to capacity the moment the aggression ended, as a result of which many customers were forced to wait and make small talk to pass the time. In one of these salons, most of the talk centers on the activity of the resistance, the location of the tunnels and the invention of special ways of deceiving the occupation.

Security expert Dr. Khader Abbas criticized the small talk that is taking place among people… and [which] provides a great deal of information to collaborators and to anyone lying in wait for us, since every word that leaves someplace or other is recorded for the occupation, especially considering that the recent aggression against Gaza relied on information collected from homes, cars or the political corridors. None of this serves either the interests of the homeland, the resistance or the national project; and it poses the greatest danger to the activity of the resistance.”

Note: This article was published just after the 2014 Gaza War, in which Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israel and Israel responded with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.