Israel Police Use Facebook To Track Leaders of Social Justice Protest

Tactic Emerges at Trial of Daphne Leef

Book Her: Israel police arrest Daphne Leef during a social justice protest last year.
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Book Her: Israel police arrest Daphne Leef during a social justice protest last year.

By Ilan Lior (Haaretz)

Published February 10, 2013.

Israel Police have been carefully following the Facebook accounts of the social protest movement and its leaders, apparently as part of a hunt for evidence of criminal wrongdoing, it emerged from evidence police prosecutors have submitted to the court in support of indictments against protest leader Daphni Leef and others.

In addition to video footage and documents related to this summer’s protests and the arrest of protest leaders, the Tel Aviv District police prosecutors also submitted evidence including screen shots of Leef’s Facebook page that appear to contain no direct evidence of wrongdoing.

The police appear to have presented the screen shots in an effort to document the events leading up to the June 22 protest on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, as well as the general atmosphere there. Leef’s first hearing took place January 23.

Several indictments contained a screen shot from June 22 of the “situation room” of the social justice movement on the day of the protest.

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