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The Palestinian boycott of Israel’s occupation social media seems to be working

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03.06.2020

Palestinians recently launched a massive campaign to boycott Israeli social media pages and apps, especially those connected to Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) responsible for communicating with them. COGAT presents itself as a contributor to the betterment of their personal and social activities. The Palestinians, however, view it as a dangerous portal for security and intelligence recruitment. The campaign has so far succeeded in stopping tens of thousands of Palestinians from “following” such pages.

There has been a noticeable intensification of Israeli security activity in recent months across the occupied territories, but particularly in the Gaza Strip. The intention is to gather intelligence about the capabilities of the Palestinian resistance. This illustrates both the importance of such information and the threat that resistance poses to Israel. Various means are used, including COGAT’s social media pages and its misleading humanitarian services. As well as resistance activity, Israel wants to know about the problems being faced by Palestinians in Gaza in order to develop a strategy for dealing with the issues there.

COGAT and its specialist teams also communicate with various Palestinian groups using false identities to have a negative impact on the resilience of the Palestinian people. This requires the resistance groups’ own security teams to develop ways to thwart attempts to drag ordinary citizens into collusion with the occupation. They do this by exposing details of Israel’s blackmail of journalists, businesses and individuals who require urgent........

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