How Israel represses the internet in Palestine

Palestine Center Brief No. 308 (December 13, 2017)

By Mohamed Mohamed

“The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced a plan to repeal government regulations which ensure that internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data equally. This principle is known as “net neutrality,” and is intended to prevent ISPs from blocking or slowing down certain content, or charging additional fees to access them.

This decision has sparked outrage among many American citizens who fear that ending net neutrality would allow ISPs to limit competing internet content, or worse, to suppress certain political opinions and freedom of speech. The FCC will vote on the proposal on December 14, 2017. As this critical issue unfolds in the U.S., it is worth looking at the case of internet freedom for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank.”

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This article originally appeared in Mondoweiss.

Mohamed Mohamed is the Executive Director of the Palestine Center. 

The views in this brief are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Jerusalem Fund.