OPT: Israeli use of surveillance tech intensifies in West Bank & Gaza, incl. facial recognition & movement tracking tech
"West Bank Palestinians 'exhausted' by omnipresent Israeli surveillance,"
Rotating cameras planted on a rooftop terrace "follow our every move", said Hebron resident Umm Nasser, protesting intensified Israeli surveillance of her occupied West Bank city since the start of the Gaza war.
"Psychologically, I'm exhausted," admitted the 55-year-old Palestinian woman.
She lives above the Abu al-Rish checkpoint, the site of frequent violence at the heart of historical Hebron...
Umm Nasser said that surveillance enhanced by artificial intelligence tools has become "especially difficult during the war" between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip...
Israel describes itself as a "start-up nation" and takes pride in its leading cyber industry and cutting-edge surveillance and weapons technology.
Facial recognition technology -- highly regulated in civilian settings -- is used by Israeli forces along with a range of advanced tools in the Palestinian territories they have occupied since 1967...
The automated tools make for "more and more efficient" control over the lives of Palestinians who are further "dehumanised" in the process, according to Israeli anti-occupation group Breaking the Silence.
"The very purpose and essence of the system is to create anxiety and fear," said Adel, a rights defender living in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem who asked to use a pseudonym because of security concerns...
Footage and media reports from Gaza have raised concerns over the use of facial recognition technology by Israeli forces there, too.
The army said that as part of the war it was conducting "security and intelligence operations".
Online videos from mid-November showed Gazans, fleeing south for safety, passing through gates allegedly equipped with surveillance tech.
And official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported "smart" cameras had been installed at Gaza City's Al-Shifa hospital during a raid by Israeli troops.