שמו החדש (תחת צא”פ) של דודו דיגמי, סוחר הנשים הגדול בישראל: דוד לוי
Lately, I’ve been reporting a great deal about Israeli censorship of the press and social media. I’ve especially focussed on my exposing the identity of Judge Shamai Becker, who was once accused of raping his daughter. At the behest of the Israeli cyber crimes unit chief, Haim Vismonsky, two different sets of my tweets (in both English and Hebrew) were censored in Israel.
Now, a new case has come to light concerning former Haaretz reporter, Sharon Shpurer, who covered the trials of Israeli sex trafficker, Dudu Digmi, who was convicted of crimes on two continents but escaped all punishment after becoming a cooperating state witness.
Digmi’s one legitimate business foray was in real estate, where he formed a development company. On her Facebook page, Shpurer called the company “dubious.” She suggested that potential customers beware of patronizing it based on its owner’s shady past. On the strength of this, the firm, Urban Real Estate, sued her for libel. This was a SLAPP suit personified, a lawsuit by a powerful corporate interest designed to stifle awareness of an issue of legitimate interest to the public. Unfortunately, there is no anti-SLAPP law in Israel. And given the Alice in Wonderland nature of the Israeli judicial system, the company sstanda to win a $400,000 judgement against her if it prevails.
A member of the Israeli gossip forum, Rotter, has “outed” Digmi’s new identity, which is David Levy. This name is under gag order in Israeli courts. I am always happy to name sinners who the system seeks to protect. And I hope Vismonsky comes after me and Twitter on this matter as well so I can say that he’s protecting not only accused rapists, but now convicted sex traffickers. I would suggest you tweet the following hashtag: #dududigmiisdavidlevy in English and Hebrew
Shpurer’s supporters have created a legal defense fund to pay for her current and future expenses. I will try to add a link to it when I get it, if you wish to donate.