I’ve just published a new piece in Truthout giving an overview of my latest reporting on the assault on Israeli democracy underway via the Knesset and Prime Minister Netanyahu. The piece focuses on the death threats and vandalism directed at Peace Now by Dor Oved, who’s being protected by an Israeli judge’s gag order designed to protect his father, Shahar Oved from exposure since he’s a Shin Bet officer. I think this is a major abuse of the rule of law in a democratic society and have therefore broken the gag. I hope, as has happened with other stories of gags I broke involving Anat Kamm and Dirar Abusisi, that mainstream journalists will take up this worthy cause and begin reporting the story as well. This is the only way the Israeli judicial and media system will think better of this short-sighted policy of protecting the powerful and well-connected.
I was interviewed today on Kol Yisrael by Elihu Ben Onn, the late night talk show host. The interview starts around minute 23:00 of the program. A warning: it uses Castup technology which I find extremely annoying. I can never get Castup video or audio to work on Google Chrome or Firefox. I recommend using IE, with which it seems more compatible. The interviewer is a bit intrusive at times and I didn’t succeed in conveying the full breadth of my views given his interruptions, but considering that the show was heard by Israelis not only in Israel but all over the world, it was a useful exercise.
On a totally different subject, my website has had a few hiccups lately which I hope most of you haven’t noticed. But if you get any error messages when you try to access my site could you e mail me with any information you have when this happens including the message you see. If you are a subscriber to my daily digest plugin, you may not have received e mail notices of my new posts. If you used to receive such notices and haven’t on a daily basis, this has to do with a conflict between my web host and the plugin generating the e mails. I’m working to resolve this issue. If you begin receiving these messages please let me know. And if you don’t receive them but believe you should, let me know that as well.