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Israel’s Semi-Secret Espionage Case

Journalist held under gag order

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Tablet Magazine is based in New York City, and not in Israel. Which is why we can write that Israel is charging a journalist with espionage and treason related to her allegedly photocopying classified documents while she was a solider and then leaking them to Haaretz. JTA’s Ron Kampeas reports that the case is under a gag order in Israel.

Anat Kam was a journalist for a small paper that was until recently owned by Haaretz. Authorities are thought to believe that she leaked documents that revealed, according to a 2008 Haaretz report, that the IDF planned to circumvent a Supreme Court ruling that barred the assassination of terrorists who could be safely arrested. (Oddly, or perhaps not, the military censor did permit the publication of the story.)

The rub is that gag order (which Haaretz is appealing). Why does it exist? If someone over there knows, well, they’re not saying. There has been no Israeli reporting on the case—including the harsh 14-year sentence being sought—and therefore little overall reporting on it.

Instead, via blogger Richard Silverstein (one of the few reporters who is following the case), we have Maariv’s take on the situation: “Due to a gag order we cannot tell you what we know. Due to laziness, apathy and blind faith in the defense establishment we know nothing at all.”

Israel Gags News of Soldier Turned Journalist Under Arrest [JTA]

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Kudos for all your work, but Richard Silverstein is a guy who said that Israel is worse than the Bull Connor South, on Gershom Gorenberg’s South Jerusalem website. Should he be taken seriously?

From a comment on South Jerusalem, on April 9th, 2009:

“Israel is not the relatively benign British raj, nor is it even Bull Connor. It is something far more dangerous, far more toxic.”

Marc Tracy says:

Silverstein should probably be approached with a grain of salt, but I trust Ron Kampeas and Laura Rozen–two good reporters who have both linked to his work on this.

Bryna Weiss says:

Maybe some things need to be kept secret. Are these ‘journalists’ intelligence experts?

Maybe Tablet should be taken w. a grain of salt. I know I do. But I do thank you for the link & acknowledging my work on the story, which predated Ron Kampeas’ interest.

kathleenneely says:

again, Do the Jews have any rights in their own country, to exist?? WE must be able to protect ourselves from our enemies. We will not go silently again to gas chambers and certain death, we will fight and protest our people and if that bothers people, well they had better remember that the God of Israel is on our side and our land was given to us by Him. To all of you pro palenstinians.. YOUR ARMS ARE TO SHORT TO BOX WITH YAWEH..

Journalist’s self-centeredness overcomes ethics of duty as a soldier or potential damage done from a leak.

One thing Richard Silverstein does not predate is Tikkun Magazine, whose name he essentially copped for his website. He complains about the confusion between the two on the same page linked to above, amusingly. I wonder if he has to pay them licensing rights.

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