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  • Israel's volunteer thought-police

    Right-wing activists have been infiltrating human rights and anti-occupation organizations. The spies did do serious damage, but to a much bigger target than they intended: Israeli society. Two weeks ago I wrote about a right-wing group trying to recruit people to a “top secret” mission: spying on left-wing organizations in Israel. The outfit was largely a one-man show. I thought it was a colorful but probably not very serious example of the latest “hasbara” antics – propaganda or public diplomacy – gone too far. [tmwinpost] I was naïve. Two weeks later, we learned that right-wing impostors have been infiltrating, befriending and…

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  • The real reason Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard is back in the news

    Pollard is scheduled to be released in November. The issue for Israel is whether the U.S. will allow the Jewish American to move to Israel, where Washington fears he would be given a hero's welcome. The 30-year saga of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is once again gaining serious attention in the Israeli, American and international news media. The reporting, most of which appears to be directed speculation, is focusing on whether Pollard will be released in late November or sooner, and whether a decision in Washington to release him early could be part of some sort of quid pro quo aimed…

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  • Against spy revelations, Israel doth protest too much

    The nation’s establishment has called the whistle-blowers of Unit 8200 every bad name, but it has no answer to their charge that information deliberately gathered on innocent Palestinians is used to blackmail them into collaborating. The 43 refuseniks in Unit 8200, Israel’s legendary high-tech snoops, are this week’s Gideon Levys, this week’s Haneen Zoabis – the focus of patriotic hatred in the land. “Baseless slander” is what Netanyahu called their letter, published Friday in Yedioth Ahronoth, in which they declared they would no longer spy for the occupation. Aside from being called traitors, the 43 reservists have been called cowards,…

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  • +972's Person of the Year: Edward Snowden

    Edward Snowden’s disclosures exposing the extent of NSA surveillance taught us more about our relationship with government than any other exposure or event. In fact, we learned about relationships we didn’t even know we had. But the Snowden leaks didn't just change what we know; they sparked a discussion that could very well change the dynamics of power in the coming age.  By Noam Sheizaf As in years past, the person of the year for 2013 was chosen by +972’s bloggers and editors. This, however, is the first time we chose someone not directly related to Israel/Palestine, making Snowden a…

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  • NSA spying program: Obama's fall from grace

    The fear and paranoia into which PRISM was born, if continued, will eventually lead the United States to isolation, leaving it stranded within the limits of its power. By Hakim Bishara If the NSA were to hack into my email account, as they evidently do, they would find the following message I sent to a friend on July 24, 2008 during a visit to Berlin: Today I went to Tiergarten Park, near Brandenburg gate, to see Obama's speech. I was supposed to meet your friend Charlotte there, but she was impossible to detect among the huge masses that flooded the…

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