Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 11:40 Two listening devices were found in a kollel (yeshiva for married students) in Kiryat Arba, hidden inside double-walled pieces of wood in a sofa’s base. Examination of the devices revealed that they are highly professional pieces of equipment that are not available on the civilian market. The yeshiva is pointing an accusatory finger at the Jewish Department of the GSS and claiming that they eavesdropped on students, violating their privacy.
At the moment of the discovery, which was recorded, the students noted that it was a regular sofa: “The sofa has been here for a few years. The sofa moves house with us. To everywhere that we go, it goes with us.” When the second listening device was revealed, one of the students exclaimed, “I can’t believe it. There’s another one!”
Emmanuel, one of the students, described the discovery: “A few days ago we found listening devices well-hidden inside a wooden part of the sofa. It is insane that at this time the GSS, with all of the disturbances in the country, is harassing us. We are concerned that there are more listening devices here. This is crazy.”
Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar, who is following the story, is also of the opinion that security forces planted the listening device: “The security forces, and at their head the General Security Services, particularly the Jewish Department, continue to severely violate human rights, in this instance the right to privacy, in the most contemptible and abominable way possible.
“Just think about it. They planted listening devices in a yeshiva. It is impossible to estimate how acutely the right to privacy, the right to freedom, and other human rights were violated. I call for a stop to this insanity. Every detail of this incident must be urgently examined in order to prevent such an act from recurring.”
Discovery of listening devices; Video credit: Honenu