AP, 01/01/2021. In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Israel began using a mass surveillance tool on its own people, tracking civilians’ mobile phones to halt the spread of the virus. But months later, the tool’s effectiveness is being called into question and critics say its use has come at an immeasurable cost to the country’s democratic principles.
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“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”
Dwight D Eisenhower, speech to American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 1953.