It follows their Facebook pages, uses fake profiles to 'befriend' them and presents screenshots of posts in court – this is how Israel Police is adding social activists to its virtual surveillance list. 'They know what I write and do,' Ethiopian protest leader says.09:46 06.02.16 | 1 comments
Excellent article, Gideon. This is an accurate description of the whole situation. Simply pulling out of Gaza and then sealing it off from the outside world does not constitute an end to the occupation at all. I visit Palestine every year and the Gaza Strip is without a doubt the most inaccessible place in Palestine. I went to Gaza in November last year. It took me weeks to get an entry permit and only managed to get in with the help of a church organisation. One enters through a long rat infested tunnel with electric turnstiles and gates. No person in sight. Only CCTV cameras and speakers. Faceless Israeli guard shout rude orders. Do this, do that. It's like going through an orwellian inspired border crossing. It is truly a relief to find a relaxed Palestinian policeman at the other end, sitting at a simple wooden table, having a look in your passport and welcoming you into the world of Gaza. Most Gazans are decent, proud and hospitable people, not faceless 'terrorists'.