Signal Strength: Occupied

The Telecommunications Sector and the Israeli Occupation

As this flash report demonstrates, all major Israeli telecommunications providers are commercially involved in the Israeli occupation.

Communications technology is often associated with a high degree of mobility and relative freedom from territorial constraints. However, 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.

This flash-report examines four central dimensions of telecommunications under occupation: the de-development of the Palestinian telecommunications sector under the framework of the Oslo Accords and by means of military violence; telecommunications as a space of mass surveillance for the Israeli security apparatus; the exploitation of the Palestinian captive cellular market; and the role of Israeli cellular infrastructure in the expansion of the illegal settlement enterprise.

The flash-report also provides an overview of the main Israeli and international telecommunications corporations complicit in the occupation.