According to Agence France Presse and other
sources, the Israeli Defense Forces raided the Ramallah offices of
Palnet, the largest ISP in Palestine, last week.
Palnet manager Samir Sabri told AFP that the move left some 10,000
Internet subscribers, about 70% of all Internet users in the West Bank
and Gaza Strip, without service. He also noted that these subscribers
include academic institutions and university students. These students
are often unable to physically attend classes due to the
Israeli-imposed curfews in the region.
One is forced to wonder at the motivation of the Israeli forces in
cutting off what, under the strict curfews, is often the only access
Palestinians have to the outside world. If unfettered access to
communications is becoming a basic human right, then the Israeli
action seems to be a violation of that right.
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