14-20 July: Digital Rights Weekly Update


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Israel Quietly Embeds AI Systems in Deadly Military Operations (English)


The Israel  Forces have started using artificial intelligence to select targets for airstrikes and organize wartime logistics as tensions escalate in the occupied territories and with arch-rival Iran. Though the military won’t comment on specific operations, officials say that it now uses an AI recommendation system that can crunch huge amounts of data to select targets for air strikes. Ensuing raids can then be rapidly assembled with another artificial intelligence model called Fire Factory, which uses data about military-approved targets to calculate munition loads, prioritize and assign thousands of targets to aircraft and drones, and propose a schedule.




Palestinian security services arrest journalist Aqil awwada (Arabic)


The security services in Ramallah arrested journalist and activist Aqil awawda, while they continued to detain journalist Ahmed Al-bitawi for 7 days before releasing him later this evening.The committee of the families of political detainees reported this evening that the Preventive Security Service arrested journalist Aqil awawda from his place of work in Ramallah.Awawda had filed a lawsuit before the attorney general, earlier, against Prime Minister Mohamed Shtayyeh, after blocking his access to the official page of the prime minister on the Facebook platform.




Shadowy, Israel-Linked Group Attempts to Censor Pro-Palestine Spotify Artists (English)


A shadowy, Israel-linked pressure group is attempting to remove artists supporting Palestinian liberation from Spotify. We Believe in Israel, an outgrowth of the Britain Israel Communications and Research Center (BICOM), is lobbying both the U.K. government and the popular music streaming platform in their efforts to censor a range of artists – including MintPress News’ Lowkey. Studying these organizations’ key figures, MintPress can reveal that the lobby group may have sympathetic ears in key positions in both.




"Wafa" monitors incitement and racism in the Israeli media (Arabic)

Wafa Agency

The Palestinian News and Information Agency (Wafa) monitored incitement and racism in the Israeli media, between 7-9-2023 and 7-15-2023. In its 316 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.



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