Ten days ago, a 30 year-old Israeli was nearly stabbed to death. He was attacked and repeatedly stabbed by an unknown assailant and bled for two hours before a passerby discovered his unconscious body. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors feared he might die. After undergoing a lifesaving operation, he survived and is now fully conscious.
Israeli police issued an immediate gag order prohibiting reporting various important aspects of the story. The police lied to the press claiming the stabbing was the result of a dispute between the two individuals. They also prohibited reporting the site of the attack. A well-informed Israeli source tells me that it occurred in Rosh HaAyin, a town in central Israel located on the Green Line bordering the West Bank.
A few reasons for this strange gag order may be that the attacker escaped. If the media reported a terror attack and its location, it might panic the residents of the town. But then again, can any free society afford to leave citizens in the dark about a security matter so critical to them? What if the attacker tried to kill another person who had no idea there was such an individual on the loose? How can you suppress such critical information from an entire town for ten whole days?
This is a good example of the dangers of suppressing critical information from the public. It’s only possible in a national security state like Israel.