Lia Tarachansky: “Phantom Control” – Israel’s Secret Service and the Occupation

By Lia Tarachansky, The Real News Network – 27 Aug 2012

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=8737

Yael Berda’s new book The Bureaucracy of Occupation sheds light on Israel’s more invisible control over the Palestinians

In recent years Israel’s control over the Palestinian people in the occupied territories has changed. While the presence of the Israeli army has been greatly reduced, the occupation has taken a more invisible form.

In her new book The Bureaucracy of Occupation, attorney Yael Berda sheds light on how the Israeli secret service (the Shabak) exploits every point of contact with Palestinians, especially the imposed permit system, to recruit informants to further its control over the population.

Activist Anan Quzmar of Birzeit University’s Rights to Education campaign tells The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky how this form of “phantom control” makes political involvement and activism nearly impossible.

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