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‘Organized State Terrorism’: Palestinians Condemn New Israeli Surveillance Revelations

Activists from Palestinian groups recently designated “terrorist organizations” by Israel’s government expressed outrage and resolve Monday following revelations that their phones were hacked with Pegasus spyware, and amid the exposure of a sweeping facial recognition surveillance campaign in the West Bank by Israeli occupation forces.

“It’s difficult to describe the feeling of invasion and intrusion into privacy,” Ubai Al-Aboudi – one of six Palestinian activists whose cellphones were found to be infected with Pegasus, a spyware manufactured by the private Israeli company NSO Group and used to target journalists and dissidents around the world – said in an interview with Haaretz.

Al-Aboudi, the executive director of the Bisan Center for Research and Development – a progressive civil society group and one of six Palestinian NGOs designated “terrorist organizations” by the Israeli government last month – was responding to a report published Monday by Amnesty International’s Security Lab and the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab revealing that their devices had been hacked.

The report, which analyzed data collected by the human rights group Front Line Defenders, notes that the hacking occurred before Israel designated the six groups terrorist organizations.