International Telecommunications Union condemns Israeli violations

The Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) calls upon the Canadian Government to join the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in condemning Israel’s violation of Lebanese sovereignty, to demand it ceases its threats to Lebanon’s security, and to compensate Lebanon for the harm it inflicted on Lebanon’s telecommunications network.

In its October 2010 conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, the ITU condemned Israel’s violation of Lebanon’s telecommunications sector, saying that the sector has been and is still being subject to Israeli interference.

CAF is deeply concerned with Israel’s continuous threat to the personal freedoms and national security in Lebanon.

In the past year, Lebanon arrested nearly 100 people, including members of security forces and telecommunications personnel, on suspicion of spying for Mossad, Israel’s spy agency. Mossad regularly uses foreign passports, including Canadian ones, and foreign agents to engage in assassinations and civil strife all over the world.

The Lebanese telecom infrastructure has been compromised by Israeli illegal actions, especially affecting the cellular network and continuing to this date. Lebanese security forces say the arrested agents have been working for Israel since at least 2006 on monitoring, modifying, impersonating, and spoofing phone records and communication material. This conclusion has been supported and confirmed by the resolution of the ITU, the foremost international body regulating and standardizing telecommunications technologies and policies.

The ITU said that Lebanon’s "mobile phone and land lines are being subject to Israeli piracy, interference, and obstruction." Furthermore, the 2010 conference stressed Lebanon’s "complete right" to be compensated for the harms that have been inflicted on the telecommunications network.

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