Haaretz and other Israeli sites announced that a 20 year-old Israeli Palestinian, Mohhamad Namarna, was arrested under suspicion of membership in a banned organization. Given that he’s from northern Israel, the organization would likely be Hezbollah. The Haaretz report noted that the story had been under gag order, but that it had been revoked. Then the story was scrubbed from the site. Apparently, the Shin Bet wasn’t satisfied that they’d prevented Israelis from knowing why he was arrested; they also wanted to prevent them from knowing he was arrested at all.
The Maariv item reads:
It is approved to report that the central unit of the metropolitan Galilee police arrested Mohammad Namarna, 20, from Arava, under suspicion of involvement in a security case investigated by the police and Shin Bet. The police related that the rest of the details of the case are under gag order.
Why would Haaretz have taken down such a story but Maariv not?
It’s hard to know whether Namarna is the Mr. X I’ve been reporting on. I doubt it, since I believe the latter has been imprisoned at Ayalon prison for some time and Namarna’s arrest. What we have here is yet another example of the Shin Bet running roughshod over not just the rights of the particular person arrested, but of the rights of the citizens to know why he was arrested and what are the charges against him.