Israel turns to Facebook to recruit informers
|Tuesday, August 17,2010 07:35|
According to the Palestinian resistance, Hamas, Israel has been using the social networking website Facebook for recruiting spies. Israel has been notorious for its network of informers in the West bank and Gaza in an effort to overturn the activities of Hamas.
Users are led to believe that the Israeli intelligence knows personal information about the user pressuring them into relaying any possible information which may help Israel. In all reality, all those who log in easily access the information as it is posted for all to read.
Israeli intelligence expert Ronen Bergman, however denies such measures are used stressing that Israel is definitely technically more advanced than to depend on such a website. He added that monitoring social networking sites is the very minimum you would expect from his country's intelligence services.
He admitted however that the online detail, posted could help intelligence services identify people who might be useful including those with good access to Hamas' networks. The once availability of collaborating Palestinians with Israel no longer exists hence the Israeli's possible interest in the social website. The Israeli government however abstained from commenting.
Hamas spokesman Ehab al-Hussein believes people lack security sense and publish information allowing Israel to keep watching our movements.
Israel however dismissed this and other allegations that its security forces had told Palestinians seeking permits to exit Gaza for medical treatment that they would only be allowed to leave if they supplied information on Islamist groups.
In a related context a photo posted on Facebook by an Israeli female officer was widely slammed by Palestinian authorities with the officer in uniform smiling beside bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoners.
The photo was a reminder of the frayed relations between Israeli soldiers and the West Bank Palestinians under their control.
Palestinian Authority spokesperson Ghassan Khatib condemned the photos stressing it exposed Israel's 43-year-old occupation of Palestinians which has affected the Israelis who enforce it.
He described it as illustrating the mentality of the occupation and its pride in humiliating Palestinians. The occupation he argued is "unjust, immoral and, as these pictures show, corrupting.