Antony Loewenstein, a Jerusalem-based independent journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and other newspapers, is the author of several books, including My Israel Question (2006) and Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe (2017), and made a documentary film, Disaster Capitalism. He is working on a book about the global “war on drugs,” forthcoming in 2019. (January 2019)

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Exporting the Technology of Occupation

An Israeli drone hovering amid tear gas trails above a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, July 27, 2018

Over more than half a century of occupation, Israel has mastered the arts of monitoring and surveilling millions of Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel itself. Israel is now packaging and selling this knowledge to governments that admire the country’s ability to suppress and manage resistance. Israel’s occupation has thus gone global. The Israeli Defense Ministry releases barely any information about how or why its exports are granted. Ha’aretz recently discovered that espionage equipment had been sold to numerous undemocratic regimes, including Bangladesh, Angola, Bahrain, Nigeria, UAE, Vietnam, and others. In some cases, these governments and others have used the systems to target dissidents and LGBTQ citizens, and even to concoct false charges of blasphemy.