In a Could 4 submission, the Shin Guess requested the court docket to dismiss the case. It mentioned the monitoring know-how was a respectable device inside the scope of its authority.
It described the misfired messages as an remoted error, mentioned it had recognized “a number of particular flaws within the method of sending the messages” and up to date its tips to forestall related errors sooner or later.
It described the device as “proportionate, balanced and most cheap.”
The messages have been despatched to hundreds of Palestinians in Could 2021 on the top of one of many metropolis’s most turbulent intervals in recent times. On the time, Palestinian protesters have been clashing with Israeli police on the Al Aqsa Mosque in violence that helped gas an 11-day warfare between Israel and the Hamas militant group within the Gaza Strip.
Utilizing mobile-phone monitoring know-how, the Shin Guess despatched a textual content message to individuals it believed have been concerned within the clashes and instructed them “we are going to maintain you accountable” for acts of violence.
The recipients included each Palestinian residents of east Jerusalem, who maintain Israeli residency rights, in addition to Palestinian residents of Israel. Whereas some recipients had participated within the clashes, others, together with individuals who lived, labored or prayed within the space, acquired the message erroneously and mentioned they have been shocked or scared. Jewish Israelis within the space aren’t recognized to have acquired the message.
The Affiliation for Civil Rights in Israel has warned that such mass messages might have a “chilling impact” on Israel’s Palestinian minority and says the Shin Guess ought to correctly examine anybody suspected of breaking the regulation.
Two of the group’s attorneys, Gil Gan-Mor and Gadeer Nicola, issued a joint assertion accusing the Shin Guess of utilizing “intrusive surveillance instruments” to intimidate residents and convey that they’re beneath surveillance.
“Sending a threatening textual content message to a citizen is just not an choice in a democratic nation,” they mentioned.