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The Seventh Edition of The Palestine Digital Activism Forum 2023 Concludes With The Participation of 1500 From Across The World (English)


Haifa, Ramallah, Gaza, May 25th, 2023, 7amleh -The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media concluded the seventh session of the Palestine Digital Activity Forum 2023, on Thursday, with over 1,500 attendees. The largest event on Palestinian digital rights was conducted in a hybrid format (in-person and online) across three days, beginning on Tuesday, May 23rd and ending on Thursday, May 25th. This year's policy sessions were held virtually, in parallel with in-person capacity-building workshops taking place in Haifa, and Jenin in the north, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Hebron, and Gaza in the south. This made the forum an open space for all Palestinians and other human rights defenders as well as activists, transcending all barriers, borders, and obstacles imposed on Palestinians and their allies.




7amleh collaborates with 11 Congress Members to send a letter to PayPal urging them to open their services up in the oPt (English)


On Wednesday morning, May 24th, Members of the United States Congress sent a letter to PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, urging the company to open up services to Palestinians in the Palestinian occupied territory. This letter was sent in collaboration with 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media, as a part of the bigger PayPal4Palestine Campaign’s efforts, which was launched in 2016 in collaboration with several organizations.



3. A Forest of Cameras Monitors Their Faces and Saves Their Data…How The Occupation Dominates The Lives of Palestinians (Arabic)


A special investigation provided Al Jazeera with details of an internationally unparalleled racist surveillance system; a system that tracks Hebron residents, makes their lives under the eyes of a forest of cameras, monitors their movements around the clock, and artificial intelligence makes the decision to allow passage, or refuse it, or even liquidate suspects, without human intervention, and the "Observatory" program (2023/5/29) followed the details of the investigation, which showed that the occupation likes to call Hebron a "smart city", a metaphor for an advanced system of monitoring and recognizing the faces of Palestinians.





How Israel’s technology of occupation spreads around the world (English)

South China Morning Post

After running the longest occupation in modern times, 56 years and counting in Palestine, Israel has developed a variety of tools and technologies to control an “enemy” population, the Palestinians. These Palestinians are guinea pigs for a range of defence equipment, from spyware and smart walls to facial recognition and biometric tools to drones. When Israel promotes them, whether publicly or privately, it says that they are “battle-tested”. They often use that term. In other words, they have been tried, tested and tweaked in Palestine – that might be a war against Gaza or some actions in the West Bank. What happens in Palestine does not stay there. It has been exported across the globe.


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