Meta Sues Israeli Surveillance Firm for Harvesting Data on 600,000 Users via Fake Accounts MikeRivero Tue, 02/07/2023 - 11:13

Facebook's parent company Meta is suing to ban Israeli surveillance company Voyager Labs from using Facebook and Instagram, alleging that the firm scraped the data of 600,000 users without their knowledge via tens of thousands of fake accounts, according to a report in The Guardian.

The lawsuit states that Facebook deleted 38,000 fake profiles set up by the firm, which has offices in the U.S., U.K., Israel, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates and which carries out research and development through a subsidiary in Israel.

The Arab League condemned on Monday “the open war and the organized Israeli crimes” against the Palestinian people, which led to the death of dozens since the beginning of this year.

Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, warned of the silence about the deterioration in the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories with the escalation by the Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank.

Ukraine lays out demands for Israel ahead of key visit to Kyiv MikeRivero Tue, 02/07/2023 - 09:42

Ukraine in recent days requested Israel publicly condemn the Russian invasion and approve a $500 million loan to the Ukrainian government, one Israeli official and one Ukrainian official told Axios.

Why it matters: The requests were made ahead of Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen's expected visit to Kyiv this week. It will be the first visit by an Israeli minister to Ukraine’s capital since the Russian invasion one year ago.

Former South Carolina Governor and Trump official Nikki Haley is expected to announce a presidential run later this month. Haley’s political career has established her as a strong supporter of Israel, and she’s highlighted that record in recent months. She first teased the notion of running for the GOP nomination at a Christians United for Israel (CUFI) event last summer.

Israeli Combat Drones Now Equipped With Silent Bombs: Report MikeRivero Tue, 02/07/2023 - 09:14

Israel has reportedly integrated a “smokeless” and “silent” gravity bomb into its combat drones to make them more lethal on the battlefield.

The development was unveiled after Iran accused Jerusalem of attacking one of its unmanned systems facilities using combat drones last month.

According to a report by Reuters, the bomb was developed domestically and can travel as fast as the speed of sound in free fall.

On Monday morning, February 6, Israeli forces conducted a deadly raid on the Aqbat Jabr refugee camp, located southwest of Jericho in the Jordan Valley. Aqabat Jabr is the largest refugee camp in the West Bank.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to get used to it. One after another, leaders in Europe and the United States are hopping off the fence and expressing their concern about the new government’s plan to weaken the judicial system. Figures who had recoiled from what they viewed as problematic interference in Israeli domestic affairs now state openly their fear of the loss of fundamental democratic principles if the plan is realized. French President Emmanuel Macron is the latest, for now, to weigh in.

As violence continues rising in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, the New York Times is flailing around as it struggles to frame the news. First, Isabel Kershner wrote an astoundingly biased report the other day about Israel’s demolitions of Palestinian homes.

Israeli extremists stormed occupied East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday under police protection, sources said.

Scores of the radicals attended the site – the third holiest in Islam – and worshipped there, according to the Islamic Waqf, the body that administers Al-Aqsa, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

In a new and dangerous development, Zionist groups are moving more aggressively than in the past to ban criticism of Israel on campuses by deeming it antisemitic. One tactic deployed by such groups is to create assessment reports claiming dubiously that Jewish students feel uncomfortable about anti-Zionist activities on campus and that those activities should in turn be prohibited.