Many have written congratulating me on victory we won against the Shin Bet in lifting the gag order against Anat Kamm and Uri Blau. My haver, Jerry Haber, even wrote a blog post, Thank You, Richard, which was immensely flattering. I appreciate the sentiment, I really do. It’s great to feel you’ve made a contribution to help right a wrong.
But unfortunately, we only won one battle and a rather small one. There is still a war to be fought as I outlined in my last post. Anat Kam faces life in prison. Uri Blau in self-exile faces a fate potentially just as bad. IDF generals who broke the law will likely never receive any punishment. The Israeli Supreme Court, made a laughingstock by IDF impunity, either hasn’t the power or gumption to call the military brass to heel. The Shin Bet continues to run roughshod over the civil liberties of Israelis, especially Palestinian citizens.
Israeli democracy is under siege. The rule of law doesn’t rule. The generals run amok. There is an internal battle to determine whether citizens run the State or vice versa. There is much work that remains.
Though I’ve written this before, it can’t be said enough. I did this with the help of MANY: Israeli journalists, bloggers, human rights activists; and here in the States with the help of Israeli-American activists and American Jewish bloggers and journalists. I would list them all but I’m afraid the list would make its way to the Shin Bet and cause problems for some of them. So please don’t take the omission of your name as an indication that I don’t know and appreciate what you’ve done. May we continue this partnership in the future and use it to make the unaccountable accountable for their actions. We will be here for the next Anat Kam, and the next…Make no mistake, there will be more Anat Kams till Israel ends the Occupation and rights the grievous wrong that it symbolizes.
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