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Through "Cyber Security" .. "Israel" Seeks to Enter a New Phase of Normalization (Arabic)


The "CyberTech" 2023 conference, hosted by "Israel", at the end of last January, and brought together the Abrahamic normalization countries, "the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco" with the participation of the United States of America, paved the way for the occupying state to create a new regional platform in the Middle East. According to "Shadi Mohsen," a researcher at the Egyptian Center for Thought and Strategic Studies, the conference, the first of its kind, which included officials of the aforementioned countries in the governmental "cyber" sectors, carried a set of messages to inaugurate a new phase between "Israel" and the Middle East. The researcher emphasized that "Israel" sought behind the conference to enter a new phase of normalization through the field of the internet industry and the field of "cyber" security, which besets a large number of Arab countries, led by the Arab Gulf states.


An Israeli Company Fires a Palestinian from Umm al-Fahm due to Posts on Facebook (Arabic)


A Palestinian young man from the city of Umm al-Fahm was dismissed from his job as an agent for an Israeli telecommunications company, on the background of patriotic posts in which he mourned the martyrs of the city of Nablus who were killed during the last few months. Louay Khaliliya from the city of Umm al-Fahm told Al-Jarmaq: "I have been working in this place for about a year and a half, and my Facebook account has been the same for nearly 10 years, and the posts and their format are the same since I created this account." And he added, "They contacted me a week and a half ago and told me that they had decided to dismiss me from my job due to posts on Facebook, and that I had to go to a hearing that would take place in two days."


Special Investigation | Deutsche Welle and Anti-Semitism... A Biased Commission of Inquiry for Israel (Arabic)

Arab 48

The case began with the German government-funded media organization, Deutsche Welle, on the thirtieth of November 2021, after the newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung” published a report in which it said that a number of employees in the Arabic section, as well as one of the trainers who works independently with the Foundation, in past years they have posted "anti-Semitic" comments on social media and other media. As a result, Deutsche Welle announced, on December 1, 2021, the opening of an investigation into the statements of employees in the Arabic department, as the general manager of Deutsche Welle, Peter Limburg, said that the institution has policies and values that do not tolerate anti-Semitism, and from Among these values is "Deutsche Welle's clear recognition of Israel's right to exist."


"Wafa" Monitors Incitement and Racism in the Israeli Media (Arabic)


The Palestinian News and Information Agency (Wafa) monitored incitement and racism in the Israeli media, between March 12 and March 19. In its 299 report, WAFA provides monitoring and documentation of inflammatory and racist discourse in the Israeli visual, written and audio media, and some pages on social networking sites of political and legal figures in Israeli society. As part of the Israeli media's policy of highlighting what it calls "the loss of sovereignty," the newspapers "Makor Rishon" and "Israel Hayom" published articles highlighting the implementation of several projects in the Sebastia region, and the attempts of the Palestinians to "sabotage the burial caves" for a period of time. "Second Temple".


Removed Content: The Israeli Digital War on Palestinian Content (Arabic)

Institute for Palestine Studies

In recent years, big tech companies and platforms have been blocking Palestinian content related to Israeli violations from their applications, in the context of the war that Israel is waging with the aim of obliterating the Palestinian narrative, suppressing freedom of expression, and criminalizing Palestinian language and activity in the virtual space. Instagram's actions are just one case in the ongoing and systematic attempts by social media platforms to suppress digital Palestinian content. Most of the time, as of May 2021, social media companies started removing Palestinian content from the platforms, without providing any clear reasons or justifications. We believe in the 7amleh, according to our monitoring of the procedures of these platforms, that they are linked to the activity of the “cyber” unit of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, which submitted reports on thousands of cases to social media companies in the past years, without any legal procedures that support what the Israeli unit claims to be violations.



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