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Wake Up Palestine – Israel breaches privacy of Human Rights Defenders

Jerusalem24 – According to Israeli Channel Kan, security experts revealed that the “Pegasus” spyware program belonging to the Israeli company “NSO” had been installed on the mobile phones of six Palestinian human rights activists, as well as on phones belonging to the employees of the Palestinian Foreign Ministry.

According to the channel, half of these figures are linked to Palestinian organizations, which Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz recently declared as terrorist organizations.

Experts said this is the first time that the Pegasus software has been found to be installed on Palestinian activists.

According to the “Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed” newspaper, the espionage operation by “Pegasus” affected a number of Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs employees as well, whose identities have not yet been revealed; but it is likely that they are employees with a close relationship to the International Criminal Court file.

Four out of six phone numbers used Israeli lines, although NSO claims that Pegasus software cannot be used against Israeli numbers.

“Pegasus” allows you to infiltrate iPhone and Android devices, extract messages, photos, emails and call logs. In addition, the program allows you to turn on the microphone of the mobile device without the owner knowing about it

In this episode of Wake Up Palestine, Mohammad Hamayel speaks with Ubai Aboudi, Director of the Bisan Research and Study Center. Aboudi is one of the victims of the espionage attack that breached the privacy of the employees of the 6 NGOs.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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