Israel’s boost to the border surveillance industrial complex

Coda Story is a news organisation that investigates surveillance tech and disinformation.

Its Istanbul-based reporter, Frankie Vetch, interviewed me about my new book, The Palestine Laboratory, with a particular focus on Israel’s work around the militarisation of global borders.

Here’s an extract:

How has Israel’s tech industry changed borders across the world?

Maybe the most prominent example, although not particularly well known, is the Israeli surveillance towers on the U.S.-Mexico border. They were installed a number of years ago, and it doesn’t make much of a difference whether it’s a Democrat or a Republican in the White House. In fact, Biden is accelerating this technological border, so to speak, and the company that America has used is Elbit, which is Israel’s biggest defense company. They have done a lot of work in the West Bank and across the Israel-Gaza border. And the reason the U.S. used Elbit as a contractor was because they liked what Elbit was doing in Palestine. I mean, the company promotes itself as being ‘successful’ in Palestine.

Read the whole interview: Israel uses Palestine as a petri dish to test spyware – Coda Story

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