Israel has rolled out what is being called a ‘Freedom bracelet’. This is a tracking device that will serve as an alternative to a two-week quarantine for tourists entering the country from abroad.
A company called SuperCom has developed these devices that look much like a smart watch. And they have previously worked with governments of several countries on different systems to track and moniot prisoners
Ordan Trabelsi, who is the CEO of SuperCom, has said “We call it a ‘freedom bracelet’ because we are not locking anybody up, but rather giving them the opportunity to go home.”
And be tracked by the government if they try to leave their house.
Trabelsi added that “Nobody is forced to do it, but for those who are interested, it gives them another option – more flexibility.
So, the choices are simple. you can be locked up for two weeks in a military-administered quarentime hotel, or take the tracking bracelet. The choice is yours.
But in any case, it doesn’t really sound like freedom
The development comes at the same time as a court ruling demanding that the country’s domestic spy agency the Shin Bet must back off Covid-19 contact-tracing surveillance.
The court ruled that the efforts are “draconian” and a threat to democracy in the country, and can only be used in emergencies.
Israel is also operating a two tier society where those who have been vaccinated have a ‘green pass’ to go where they want, and those who haven’t must stay under lockdown.