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Signal Strength: Occupied. The Telecommunications Sector and the Israeli Occupation

... [U]under Israel’s prolonged occupation of Palestinian and Syrian land, the sphere of telecommunications has become a privatized site of control and a corporate instrument of territorial expansion. As this flash report demonstrates, all major Israeli telecommunications providers are commercially involved in the Israeli occupation. These companies build infrastructure and maintain property and equipment in illegal Israeli settlements, often on privately owned Palestinian land. They all provide services to the Israeli military and to all Israeli settlers... As of March 2018, there were 740 active Israeli civilian cellular sites located on occupied Palestinian and Syrian land, and an additional 32 sites located in no-man’s-land areas. Twenty-two new sites were approved in 2017-2018 and are presently under construction... As the Israeli telecommunications sector is fully privatized, it is for-profit Israeli and international corporations that carry out the colonization of Palestinian digital space and that reap the profits...

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