חשיפה: כתבה על שימוש במל”טים להתנקשויות צונזרה ונמחקה מאתר “הארץ” באינטרנט
We all know how much the IDF censor hates me. Tonight, lets add a little tinder to the fire, shall we?
Haaretz published a report today revealing that an unclassified IDF report (full uncensored report here and accesssible directly in IDF website here), written by the military press office to tout the achievements of the army’s campaign in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, revealed that the IDF uses drones to assassinate Palestinian militants.
The absolute foolishness of the censor regime can be seen in the fact that it’s legal for the IDF to boast about killing Palestinians with drones, but it’s illegal for Haaretz to translate three sentences from that report into English and publish it.
Ironically, the IDF’s press office, which produced the original report, doesn’t have to submit its work product to the censor before publication. So the censor doesn’t oversee this unit. However, it does oversee Haaretz and hence the oddity at hand.
I’m going to do a small favor on behalf of transparency and against the hypocrisy of the censorship regime by exposing as much of it as I can here. On page 68, the report lists two specific “Zik” (Hermes 450) drone attacks which killed a total of 17 militants at the start of the war:
On July 8 2014, the IDF using the Zik attack drone killed four terrorists who penetrated to the beach at Zikim [near Ashkelon].
One July 17 2014, the IDF using the Zik thwarted the penetration of 13 terrorists through a tunnel from southern Gaza [the Hebrew word “thwarted” connotes that this was a targeted killing].
The censor doesn’t want the Israeli public or the world to know something which they already know: IDF drones kill people. It wants the world to believe it uses them to collect intelligence alone. Stuff and nonsense. Israel is the world’s foremost exporter of drones (see accompanying chart). Among its clients are states as corrupt as they are brutal including Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and India. Does anyone in their right mind believe that dictators who buy these weapons use them to take nice pictures? No, they use them to find and liquidate their enemies, whoever they may be.
The Snowden NSA documents revealed that the agency and its UK counterpart had hacked into the videos feeds of Israeli drones, fighter jets, and even the top-secret Arrow missile program. These two agencies had already exposed the IAF use of drones to kill Palestinians. So what’s the big secret?
The Israeli press watchdog site, 7th Eye, reported this story without revealing anything about the original subject of the report: drones killing Palestinians. Reading it gives you the odd sense that you know the censor is keeping something secret without having any idea what it is and why it’s secret. I’m not sure how useful such an enterprise is as a press watchdog.
I hope Israelis reading this will take a few moments to heap scorn on Col. Ariella Ben Avraham and the censor “drones” who work so tirelessly to prevent the Israeli public from knowing what it, and half the world already know.
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