Join Avner Cohen and I Monday (tomorrow) for an online Zoom discussion of the life and tragic death of Tomer Eiges.
Last month, a 25 year old brilliant IDF cyber-intelligence officer died in his military prison cell. He’d been accused by the Shin Bet of espionage, threatened with a 10 year prison sentence, and kept in prison nine months without trial. During that time he was allowed limited, short meetings with his parents, who couldn’t even tell his siblings what had happened to him. He suffered from depression. He may have taken a drug overdose. But the army refuses to release the toxicological findings. The story is currently under military censorship because it is tremendously embarrassing to the army.
His name was Tomer Eiges. I broke the story and censorship, being the first journalist to report his name, rank and military unit. I also consulted sources close to the family who helped offer theories about why he was arrested and why he might have been driven to suicide by his predicament. Avner Cohen and I co-authored a blog post here detailing some of those ideas.
Tomorrow, he and I will host an online discussion of our findings. We hope that as many Israelis as possible (and anyone interested in the transgressions of the Israeli national security state) will join us at 11am Pacific (9pm Israel time) on Zoom (click on link to join the audience).