It’s only taken three weeks, but finally today an Israeli publication has written about the kidnapping of Gaza’s chief power plant engineer by the Mossad in the Ukraine (which happened on February 18th). Unfortunately, the reporter only repeated the story already published in Ukrainian media about the kidnapping. He didn’t include the new development reported by my Israeli source that Dirar Abu Seesi is now in an Israeli prison. No one has reported this despite the fact that I’ve informed a score of Israeli journalists about it.
UPDATE: An Israeli Russian language online news portal just reported my contribution to this story. The story is slowly making its way out there.
The Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre (affiliated with the Israeli online think tank Bitterlemons) has reported my story and quoted extensively from it. It’s only a matter of time before those sleeping giants of the Israeli press get on it. After they get permission from the censor of course.
I posted my story at Rotter a few days ago and those intrepid souls who love a good news scoop promptly took it down. When an Israeli friend posted it again they took that thread down as well. The Israeli intelligence community definitely doesn’t want anyone knowing it has Abu Seesi. Probably trying to get everything it can out of him before his fate is known and pressure starts being brought to bear to provide him with all the niceties typically offered to prisoners in western democratic systems like a lawyer and access to family, all of which are being denied him.
Ira Schlussel says
an observation if i may:
1. JMCC isn’t located in Jerusalem, as listed on the site itself it is located in Ramallah about 30 KM north.
2. was there a GAG order issued about this story ?
Richard Silverstein says
There clearly isn’t a gag against reporting that he was kidnapped in Ukraine since Yediot has done just that. I don’t know whether there’s a gag against reporting my part of the story. That has now been reported by an Israeli Russian language news site. So either there’s no gag or the censor hasn’t caught up w. this site yet. No mainstream Israel reporters have published about this though many have been told by me about the story.