I’m delighted that by the end of today 15,000 visitors will be visiting this site to learn about the charges of rape levelled against Israel’s Channel 2 reporter, Yoav Even. I’m also proud of the cooperation among bloggers and activists and myself which led to uncovering this story. This is the type of collaboration that the digital age enables. I hope that it will lead to more transparency in this case and break the wall of silence erected to protect the privileged and suppress the interests of the victims.
I want to ask each of my readers to step up with financial support for the work of this blog. I love every one of my readers and the ways in which they participate in the online discussion and community here. But I ask you to make an even stronger commitment by contributing generously via Paypal or sending a contribution directly to me (contact me for a snail mail address if you need one).
Let me give you a few reasons why you should step forward beyond merely supporting the important contributions I’m making on behalf of Israeli democracy and against the Israeli national security state.
I recently completed a trial in Los Angeles in which I was charged with libel (the decision will be rendered in June). Luckily, I had a pro bono attorney whose firm absorbed the enormous costs of defending this case for four years. But I had to make three different trips to Los Angeles and spend a week there while I testified and participated in the trial.
A month ago or so, Google Adsense cancelled my account because (I believe) a right-wing pro-Israel type engaged in click fraud. A few days ago, Paypal told me that someone located in Israel had been attempting to gain access to my account by trying to guess my password. When that failed, this individual tried to change my password. The sociopaths of the extreme right believe that they can harm me financially and that this will somehow intimidate me or inhibit my work.
Tell them through your own actions that you won’t tolerate this outrageous behavior: send me a donation. The best revenge comes not from physical confrontation, but by succeeding in spreading even more widely our political message of freedom, tolerance and justice for Israeli Jews, Diaspora Jews, Muslims, Arabs, etc.