The Israeli spy agency NERA is allegedly using intercepts of Israeli satellite phone calls and satellite Internet data to monitor Palestinian protests and other events, according to a report published by a leading Israel lobby group.
The group, Breaking the Silence, accused the Israeli intelligence agency of spying on the Palestinian people, with a claim that Israeli military units deployed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are secretly recording conversations and even photographs of Palestinians.
Israeli forces regularly use Israeli satellite phones and other satellite technology to monitor Palestinians protests, and the group has reported that at least eight Palestinians have been killed since 2005 in Israeli-imposed Israeli restrictions on Palestinian protests.
Breaking the Silence claims that NERI used intercepts to spy on Palestinians for more than a year, and that the Israeli spy service is using the information to spy and track Palestinians.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said the report was a “complete fabrication” and “fake news.”
The Israeli government has denied any wrongdoing and said it is investigating the claims.
A spokeswoman for Breaking the Silent said the organization’s allegations were based on unsubstantiated claims and “a lack of understanding of the facts.”
The Jerusalem Post has reached out to Breaking the Quiet for comment and will update this report if we hear back.