MK petitions High Court of Justice after Mexico uses Israeli software to spy on investigators

MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) has petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice, demanding that the Israeli company NSO Group’s license for exporting a spying tool be revoked. “Israel’s name gets linked again and again to the persecution of citizens and to human rights violations,” she explained.
Tamar Zandberg Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

After the New York Times revealed that the technology developed by an Israeli cybersecurity firm was used by Mexico to target and hack the devices of international investigators who were sent to the country in order to investigate the mass killing of students, MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice on Thursday. Zandberg is demanding that the license the Israeli company NSO Group received in order to export the spying tool be revoked. The petition was filed by Attorney Eitay Mack on behalf of the MK.

“The State of Israel’s name gets linked again and again to the persecution of citizens and to human rights violations,” Zandberg explained. “The Ministry of Defense continues to disregard the Knesset as an establishment and refuses to address directly my demand for a review of the Israeli company NSO’s export license.” Zandberg added that she is demanding that NSO Group’s export license for the system be suspended “unit it is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is not being used for violations of human rights.”

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According to the New York Times report, the lead investigator received text messages containing the Pegasus spying software. The Mexican government purchased the hacking tool developed by NSO Group for tens of millions to dollars. In addition, the other investigators received similar text messages.

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