Review: Why Israel tests its spyware on Palestinians

Antony Loewenstein argues persuasively that Israel profits from surveilling Palestine, but should have spoken more to those it’s watching, writes Mairav Zonszein.

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The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports the Technology of Occupation Around the World 
Antony Loewenstein, Verso, £18.99 

Even though The Palestine Laboratory apparently went to press before the protests that have gripped Israel this year, it is timely. Israelis have been out in the streets in record numbers to protest the plan of the far-right government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undermine the independence of the country’s judicial system.

Under the banner of ‘democracy’ and with slogans such as ‘We must oppose dictatorship’, protesters have warned that the country’s economy, security and liberal institutions are under threat. Prominent among them has been Assaf Rappaport, the chief executive and co-founder of Wiz, a cloud security company, who has said that if the judicial overhaul passes, ‘it would call into question Israel’s ability to be a trusted centre of cybersecurity’.

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