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Bıdɛn spokesperson Jen Psaki worked for Israeli spy firm
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  • Bıdɛn spokesperson Jen Psaki worked for Israeli spy firm

    Published: March 27, 2021
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     Shawn ThewPool via CNP
    President Joe Bıdɛn’s press secretary Jen Psaki worked for an Israeli firm accused of involvement in surveillance of Palestinians under Israeli military occupation.
    Psaki’s public financial disclosures show that she earned at least $5,000 as a “crisis communications consultant” for AnyVision.
    The disclosure forms for executive branch officials can be requested from the Whιte House. Psaki’s disclosure obtained by The Electronic Intifada is included below this article.
    The exact date of the work is not specified, but it occurred between the time Psaki left the σbαmα administration in 2017 and her new role in the Bıdɛn Whιte House.
    Psaki has operated a communications firm called Evergreen Consulting since a month after President Barack σbαmα left office.
    This covers the period when AnyVision faced a public relations crisis over its alleged complicity in Israel’s abuses of Palestinian rights.
    In 2019, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that AnyVision’s facial recognition technology was being secretly used by Israel’s occupation army “to monitor West Bank Palestinians at checkpoints on the way into Israel – while using a network of cameras deep inside the West Bank.”
    AnyVision’s president, Amir Kain, was former head of the Israeli defense ministry’s security department, and one of its advisers, Tamir Pardo, is a former head of the Mossad spying and assassination agency, according to Haaretz.
    In other words, AnyVision was reportedly an integral part of what Israel’s leading human rights group B’Tselem recently described as an “apartheid regime” established to perpetuate “the supremacy of one group – Jews – over another – Palestinians.”
    According to Haaretz, the firm’s co-founder Eylon Etshtein asserted without apparent irony that his company is “very sensitive” to racial and gender bias and only sells to “democratic countries with proper governments.”

    Microsoft divestment
    subsequent report by Olivia Solon for NBC News stated that AnyVision “powers a secret military surveillance project throughout the West Bank.”
    “Palestinians living in the West Bank do not have Israeli citizenship or voting rights but are subject to movement restrictions and surveillance by the Israeli government,” NBC noted.
    The network also reported that when it approached AnyVision’s Etshtein for comment, “He disputed that the West Bank was ‘occupied’ and questioned the motivation of the NBC News inquiry, suggesting the reporter must have been funded by a Palestinian activist group.”
    Etshtein also apparently threatened to sue the network.
    Solon’s report focused attention on how American tech giant Microsoft had invested $74 million in AnyVision.
    That spurred the #DropAnyVision campaign by human rights and Palestine solidarity activists calling on Microsoft to divest from the spy firm.
    The campaign – spearheaded by Jєωιѕн Voice for Peace – was successful.
    Microsoft announced a year ago that it was withdrawing from involvement with AnyVision, after it commissioned an investigation led by former US attorney general Eric Holder.
    Microsoft said that Holder’s investigation could not substantiate the accusations about AnyVision’s secret involvement in surveillance of Palestinians.
    But Microsoft said it was divesting anyway since holding a minority share in a firm selling “sensitive technologies” including facial recognition would not allow for the “level of oversight or control that Microsoft exercises over the use of its own technology.”
    “Microsoft’s decision to dump AnyVision is a huge blow to this deeply complicit Israeli company and a success for an impressive BDS campaign,” Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, said at the time.

    New Entrant Report | U.S. Office of Government Ethics; 5 C.F.R. part 2634 | Form Approved: OMB No. (3209-0001) (Updated July 2020)
    Executive Branch Personnel
    Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e)
    Filer's Information
    Psaki, Jen
    Assistant to the President and Whιte House Press Secretary, Whιte House - Bıdɛn-hαɾɾιs Administration
    Date of Appointment: 01/20/2021
    Other Federal Government Positions Held During the Preceding 12 Months:
    None
    Electronic Signature - I certify that the statements I have made in this form are true, complete and correct to the best of my knowledge.
    /s/ Psaki, Jen [electronically signed on 03/05/2021 by Psaki, Jen in Integrity.gov] - Filer received a 15 day filing extension.
    Agency Ethics Official's Opinion - On the basis of information contained in this report, I conclude that the filer is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations (subject to
    any comments below).
    /s/ Olorunnipa, Funmi, Certifying Official [electronically signed on 03/19/2021 by Olorunnipa, Funmi in Integrity.gov]
    Other review conducted by

    Other review conducted by
    /s/ Olorunnipa, Funmi, Ethics Official [electronically signed on 03/19/2021 by Olorunnipa, Funmi in Integrity.gov]
    U.S. Office of Government Ethics Certification



     

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