While I didn’t know that much about Israel’s Fresh forum before this happened, frankly I’m astonished to report that I published a post there in the Army/Security section linking to my post which identified the chief of the Shin Bet Jewish terror department. Israeli far-rightists outed him in retaliation for the arrest of Chaim Pearlman, charged with the murders of four Palestinians over the years. In my Fresh post I did not identify the agent by name or provide any other information that would violate any gag order. I merely gave a summary of the post and a link.
At first, a moderator moved the post from the popular Army-Security section to the much less popular Politics section (10% of the number of threads). I wrote an e mail complaining that my post was security related and shouldn’t have been moved. Within 10 minutes, I had been banned from Fresh. Not just that I couldn’t post using my profile, I couldn’t even access the site.
Last night, my post was still accessible at the Politics section. Now it is gone. No one from Fresh has responded to any of my e-mails.
So for publishing a post that violated no Israeli law or gag order the post was deleted and I was banned. I guess some Israelis may say: “Welcome to Israel, land of the free.” But I’m still just a bit shocked.
The funny thing is that Rotter, where members tend to be very right wing and where I have been vehemently denounced for my posts, at least doesn’t ban me or delete my posts. Rotter is much more popular than Fresh. Wonder why…