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Sheikh Jarrah Protestors Defy Censors, ‘Out’ Doron Zahavi

I’m grieved that some of my readers today have been telling me they can’t access my site.  My host tells me it’s because the new DNS hasn’t fully propagated itself and that takes up to 48 hours.  But I’m not sure why some readers should have access to the site and then lose it.  I hope over the next 24 hours that these problems will lessen.  But please let me know via the Contact link here, Facebook or private e mail if your access fails.

I wanted to thank all the readers who’ve made donations to defray the added server hosting costs I’ll be incurring due to upgrading my server and security.  I continue to accept such gifts to cover the new $600 per year hosting fee.

Today, Yossi Gurvitz, who I’m going to start calling one of the “Zahavi Three” (to note our mutual victimization by DOS attacks), informed me of something truly wonderful that proves the amazing power of blogs to stir political action.  At last Friday’s weekly Sheikh Jarrah protest, Israeli demonstrators shouted the following:

Doron Zahavi, do not worry, we’ll soon be seeing you at the Hague.

It sounds much better–and rhymes–in Hebrew.  If anyone has any YouTube video of this chant, please let me know. UPDATE: Thanks to reader, Meir for offering the link. The commentary about Zahavi begins at 1:20 into the video.

What all this means is that a confidential source informed me that Captain George, a notorious accused torturer and rapist, is Doron Zahavi.  I published this information along with two other Israeli bloggers.  We were attacked and within days hundreds of demonstrators were defying Israeli censorship and shouting Zahavi’s name to East Jerusalem’s rooftops.  My only regret is that I was half a world away and couldn’t be there to hear those shouts.  But the fact that I am half a world away and played a key role in enabling this is a miracle of technology.  Further, the fact that an American Jewish blogger and Israeli bloggers could unite in this project delights me no end.  While others may have their own definition of Zionism–mine is precisely this.  That the Diaspora and Israel unite in the search for justice in the State of Israel.  And this is why I started this blog seven years ago.  For precisely this type of situation.  This is what blogs, at least good blogs, are for.

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  • ygurvitz July 31, 2010, 11:15 PM

    Just finished an interview on Reshet Bet (radio), and while the anchor (Keren Neubach) wouldn’t let me mention the True Name, she did let me mention all the information re Doron Zehavi can be found by googling “Captain George” (and repeated it herself, towards the end of the segment), and she confessed she had no idea what the legal status was.

  • uncle joe mccarthy August 1, 2010, 9:40 PM

    can i ask one thing

    if the position itself is public….how is the person holding it supposed to remain anonymous?

    btw, in regards to the alleged dos attacks…why did you attack me the last time when i suggested that your security was not up to snuff?

    • Richard Silverstein August 2, 2010, 1:26 AM

      how is the person holding it supposed to remain anonymous?

      You can report that the Jerusalem police Arab affairs liaison is Doron Zahavi (but that’s not much of a story). But you can’t report that Doron Zahavi was responsible for the sodomy rape of Mustafa Dirani. Zahavi has a lifetime pass on being identified in the Israeli media as the author of that travesty.

      why did you attack me the last time when i suggested that your security was not up to snuff?

      I have no idea what you’re talking about. Do you understand that DoS attacks happen via a web host’s server? What does that have to do with me or anything I did or didn’t do?

  • medawar August 1, 2010, 10:55 PM

    Shouting protests from rooftops, at dusk, when it’s hard for the police to know which rooftop the shout came from, is a fine Iranian tradition.

    Protestors there also print symbols or unobtrusive messages on banknotes in green. These do not invalidate the currency: they are no different from the scribbled numbers which bank-tellers occasionally put on.

    The rule is that you do not put anything on that is so obtrusive that the person you pass the note to, might be unable to spend it themselves.

    Worth remembering, though, that anyone actually caught doing this in Iran would be dead in fairly short order. They still do it, though, every day.

    http://globalpapersecurity.com/iranians-shift-protest-movement-to-banknotes.htm

  • myron joshua August 1, 2010, 10:57 PM

    Rather that be the “friend of the residents”, Jerusalem police seem to be doing what they can to be the “fiends” of the residents.

    Rather than creating an atmosphere of trust in order to meet the problems and differences face to face, the people chosen to “advise” and the secrecy involved all do the opposite.

  • Medawar August 2, 2010, 7:22 AM

    Sort of semi-on-topic:

    German officials seem to be using new powers of Euro-injunction to stop the bereaved relatives of David Gray, or the British press, from even mentioning the name of Daniel Ubani. Only a few archive reports about him were on the BBC website last night, and there was no trace of any of Sally Chidzoy’s special reports about him. The archive reports that are left cover a coroner’s inquest in Wisbech in which his name was mentioned.

    Dr Ubani killed David Gray and came pretty close to killing other patients when acting as a locum GP in East Anglia, he fled back to Germany, where the authorities cooperatively immediately found him guilty of a minor accidental killing charge and fined him a nominal amount. Under European law, this meant that the UK could not seek his extradition for manslaughter, as that would be “double jeopardy”. However, anyone who flouts the injunction risks arrest and extradition to Germany, and the new European extradition procedures make it impossible to appeal, no matter how gross the abuse of process.

    So, were Israel to prosecute Doran Zahavi for common assault, perhaps, and bind him over for a year or fine him fifty shekels, using the German logic they could resist any attempt to extradite him to the Hague on the double jeopardy rule. If Israel joined the EU, they could demand the extradition of protestors to face defamation proceedings!

    Just a thought. Anyway, publishing the words “Daniel Ubani” appears to distress the German establishment (not quite the same as the government) as much as the words “Doran Zahavi” upset the state of Israel.

    BTW: they seem to have given up scanning the net for “Doran Zahavi” for the time being.

  • josh August 5, 2010, 4:43 PM

    The technology can be used by any side. Yin yang, midah kneged midah, good and damage, etc…

  • Lucy July 22, 2011, 1:00 AM

    How brave this monster’s victims are, to speak of their plight and to take legal action. I hope Doran Zahavi gets locked up away from human beings. And I hope that his victims all, whether they speak out or not, receive the support and counselling they might need to recover from such violation.