43 Courageous Israeli Edward Snowdens Expose the Dark Underbelly of Israel’s Oppression

by lizard

Yesterday Counterpunch featured a piece by Jonathan Cook detailing the disturbing reach of Israel’s STASI into the lives of Palestinians. We get this peek into the dark underbelly of Israel’s oppression because 43 individuals signed off on a letter describing their moral objections to what they are told to do in their elite unit, Unit 8200:

According to the refuseniks, much Israeli intelligence gathering targets “innocent people”. The information is used “for political persecution”, “recruiting collaborators” and “driving parts of Palestinian society against itself”.

The surveillance powers of 8200 extend far beyond security measures. They seek out the private weaknesses of Palestinians – their sex lives, monetary troubles and illnesses – to force them into conspiring in their own oppression.

“If you required urgent medical care in Israel, the West Bank or abroad, we looked for you,” admits one.

An illustration of the desperate choices facing Palestinians was voiced by a mother of seven in Gaza last week. She told AP news agency that she and her husband were recruited as spies in return for medical treament in Israel for one of their children. Her husband was killed by Hamas as a collaborator in 2012.

The goal of intelligence gathering, the refuseniks point out, is to control every aspect of Palestinian life, from cradle to grave. Surveillance helps confine millions of Palestinians to their territorial ghettoes, ensures their total dependence on Israel, and even forces some to serve as undercover go-betweens for Israel, buying land to help the settlements expand. Palestinians who resist risk jail or execution.

Anyone who thinks what is occurring in Israel’s petri-dish of oppression won’t eventually be applied with the same vigor here in the states is in denial.


  1. steve kelly

    Welcome to Bozeman. Hands up, don’t shoot.

    • steve kelly

      Lenco B.E.A.R.C.A.T. : Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck. Bozeman Police Chief calls this military assault vehicle “defensive.” City council pretending it knew nothing now that the shit is hitting the fan.

      Spokane got one too. The noose is tightening. We are all the enemy. Time to wake up now. Eat your Wheaties and do something.

  2. I know it’s been discussed, but surely does not register as it is so foreign to a world view where things have to be simple and understandable. But Hamas, the elected party representing the interests of Gaza residents, was founded by Israeli intelligence as part of the polkicy full-spectrum dominance, to be both the agent and enemy of Gaza at once. That’s how it’s done – that’s how the Muslim Brotherhood came into being, spawned by British intelligence. No matter where you turn, you are sleeping with the enemy.

    Hamas, as an Israeli creation, was meant to drive the Palestinian authority (Fatah) out of business. It is surely deeply infested with Israeli moles and agents, and so cooperates when Israel, for example, needs to be attacked with harmless rockets or needs a demonstration of terrorism to justify a military attack.

    Palestinians in Gaza have two enemies, Israel and Hamas, and so are deeply f******.

    • Turner

      Where’s the evidence that Hamas was created by Israeli intelligence?

      • lizard19

        here’s an article from the Wall Street Journal titled How Israel Helped to Spawn Hamas:

        “Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel’s creation,” says Mr. Cohen, a Tunisian-born Jew who worked in Gaza for more than two decades. Responsible for religious affairs in the region until 1994, Mr. Cohen watched the Islamist movement take shape, muscle aside secular Palestinian rivals and then morph into what is today Hamas, a militant group that is sworn to Israel’s destruction.

        Instead of trying to curb Gaza’s Islamists from the outset, says Mr. Cohen, Israel for years tolerated and, in some cases, encouraged them as a counterweight to the secular nationalists of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its dominant faction, Yasser Arafat’s Fatah. Israel cooperated with a crippled, half-blind cleric named Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, even as he was laying the foundations for what would become Hamas. Sheikh Yassin continues to inspire militants today; during the recent war in Gaza, Hamas fighters confronted Israeli troops with “Yassins,” primitive rocket-propelled grenades named in honor of the cleric.

        • Turner

          I’ll give this WSJ article a closer look later. Thanks.

        • If you want to know how Israel spawned Hamas, you really ought to take the initiative and do so. I detest these little pissing matches wherein new information is introduced, and a person sits on a high horse and says “give me evidence,” It’s the Internet Turner, and requires three things: A computer, fingers, and a brain.

          Something a little more subtle is the ability of the American propaganda machine to “demonize” someone. Once done, that person has no credibility, and indeed can even be murdered in public, as Qaddafi was. Yassir Arafat, a good man who worked hard for his Palestinaina state, was demonized as a terrorist. End of story. American propaganda effectively ended his work. But Israel undermined him as well, allowing Hamas to flourish while doing everything in its power to destroy the Palestnian Authority.

          • Turner

            I wasn’t on my high horse. I asked a question because I didn’t know something. I still don’t ‘know’ all the facts of this story, though I’ve looked at it in various places that describe the relationship between Israel and Hamas in several different ways. I’ll look at them more closely.

            If you want to avoid being challenged when you make a claim, put your evidence or source upfront.

            And knock off the fucking condescension.

            • It wasn’t condescension. It’s an ongoing annoyance. If you want to know something, go find it out. You’re as capable as anyone. You just now said that you have indeed look at presentations claiming the Israeli participation in the rise of Hamas and are trying to evaluate. If that’s the case, why did you demand to be predestined with evidence? You’ve already seen it.

              You’re not credible.

              • NPD. That pedestal is getting taller.

              • Steve W

                Swede is a naysayer and a scalawag. What would one expect?

              • Where’s the “love” Steve?

              • I hate it when you learn a new word, Swede.

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