Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Canada To Host Tests Of Israeli Arms Tech Used On Palestinians


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‘Any country importing weapons from Israel is complicit in the constant and total surveillance and control over Palestinian life.’

Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) will host trial sessions for Israeli arms technology used to kill Palestinians and maintain apartheid and occupation during a three-week “sandbox” event in Alberta next month.

From May 27 to June 21, DND is giving a select group of military suppliers the chance to test products that are designed to counter aerial drones, with direct assistance from Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) staff and experts. Among those selected is a company called “Twenty20 Insight Inc.,” which is testing the “Smash Hopper counter-drone weapon station.”

The “Smash Hopper” is a remote control weapon system developed and manufactured by Israeli arms company “Smart Shooter,” whose technology is deployed by the Israeli military in fortifications that are used to suppress Palestinian dissent in the occupied West Bank, as well as in military hardware currently being used in Israel’s assault on Gaza.

As reported by AP News in November 2022, Smart Shooter developed remote control turrets deployed by Israel that fire tear gas, stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets at Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank.

Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, told AP: “This system will only [...] further grave Israeli human rights abuse and further the Israeli army’s abuses and the Israeli government’s crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution against millions of Palestinians.”

Multiple international human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have accused Israel of maintaining a constitutionally entrenched system of apartheid over Palestinians. These findings echoed what Palestinians have long said about the reality of their lives under Israeli occupation.

That system is partly maintained through what Palestinians have described as an omnipresent and psychologically exhausting apparatus of high-tech Israeli surveillance.  (more...)

Canada To Host Tests Of Israeli Arms Tech Used On Palestinians

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