– Ex-soldier jailed for leaking Israeli assassination policy (The Independent, Oct. 31, 2011):
Israel has sentenced a former soldier to four and a half years in prison for leaking classified documents to a journalist who used them to expose an alleged army policy to assassinate wanted Palestinian militants in violation of court rulings.
Anat Kam, 24, was convicted in February for copying 2,085 military documents on to a disc as she completed her mandatory army service and passing some of them to Uri Blau, an investigative reporter with the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper.
She escaped the much more serious charges of harming state security after reaching a plea bargain.
Her case provoked a domestic uproar – in part because she was held for four months under secret house arrest with the Israeli media banned from reporting on it, but also because it was viewed as an assault on the freedom of the press. The Independent was the first newspaper to report on Ms Kam’s arrest.
In passing sentence yesterday, the three-judge panel elected to send a clear message to other would-be whistleblowers. “If the army cannot trust the soldiers serving in various units and exposed to sensitive issues, then it cannot function as a regular army,” the judges wrote. They said that Ms Kam’s motive for taking the documents was “mainly ideological”. Ms Kam has already served nearly two years of house arrest, which will not count towards her prison term, and she received a further 18-month suspended sentence.
As a clerk in the Israeli Defence Forces’ central command, Ms Kam stumbled across documents that appeared to point to the premeditated killing of Palestinian militants in the West Bank, despite a Supreme Court ruling that severely restricted such operations, determining that the army should arrest suspects if possible.
These documents formed the basis of Mr Blau’s November 2008 story in which he questioned the army’s claim that two Islamic Jihad militants killed in the West Bank the year before had died in an exchange of fire. He claimed that one of the two men had been identified months earlier by Israeli commanders as a target for assassination.
Over a year later, Ms Kam, by then a reporter at Walla!, a Hebrew web site, was quietly arrested. Although colleagues were aware of her fate, they were prevented from reporting on it because of a court gag order. As the story started to break internationally, frustrated Israeli journalists turned to increasingly inventive ways to tell the story at home, with one newspaper suggesting its readers google “Israeli journalist gag”.
Mr Blau, meanwhile, had taken refuge in Britain. He later reached a plea bargain with Israel’s security services, agreeing to return all of the classified documents in his possession, but could still reportedly face criminal charges.
Ms Kam’s lawyer, Avigdor Feldman, slammed the sentence as too severe. That the army had allegedly violated a Supreme Court ruling “didn’t get any attention by the government or the public”, he told The Independent. “Instead it is Anat Kam being punished.”
More on Israel:
– Israel Admits Effort To Build Up Military Threat Against Iran (Activist Post)
– Israel Breaks So-Called Ceasefire In Gaza After ONE Day (Activist Post)
– Israel Prepares For War With Egypt In Sinai Desert (Press TV)
– Fascism: Israeli Parliament Passed A Law Banning Boycotts Against The State And Its Settlements (Christian Science Monitor)
– Israeli Undercover Agents Boast Of Killing Palestinians on TV (Gilad Atzmon)
– Former Head of Mossad Meir Dagan: Israel Government ‘Reckless And Irresponsible’ – ‘I Decided To Speak Because When I Was In Office, Diskin, Ashkenazi And I Could Block Any Dangerous Adventure. NOW I AM AFRAID THAT THERE IS NO ONE TO STOP BIBI AND BARAK’ (Guardian)
– The (Jewish American) Boy Who Tried To Stand Up To Israel (Independent)
– Former Israeli Special Forces Soldier Reveals Assassination Squads (Breaking The Silence):
Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories.
– Watch How IDF Soldiers Treat Women!!! (Video) (YouTube)
– (CNN Video) Netanyahu Lectures Obama On Live TV At The White House:’It’s not going to happen. Everybody knows it’s not going to happen, and I think it’s time to tell the Palestinians forthrightly it’s not going to happen.”
And Helen Thomas is spot on:
– Traitor Joe Biden on Shalom TV: ‘I am a ZIONIST’
– Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts: ‘AIPAC Owns The US Puppet Government’
– A Hebrew Israeli radio station, Kol Yisrael, on October 3rd 2001 reported that during an argument in an Israeli cabinet meeting, Shimon Peres warned Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that unless he would heed American requests for a cease fire with the Palestinians, he could cause America to turn against Israel. In a fit of anger, Sharon responded to Peres:
“Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.”
– U.S. Senator William Fulbright said on CBS’s Face the Nation, that, “Israel controls the U.S. Senate.”
– Mossad Agent ‘Brought Down Egypt’s Internet’ (Telegraph)
– Gilad Atzmon: Jews, Judaism and Jewishness (Gilad Atzmon)
– Israel: Work Begins on Egypt Barrier (Reuters)
– Gaza War Lies Vs. Facts (YouTube)
– Influential Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: Non-Jews Are Donkeys, Created To Serve Jews (Jerusalem Post)
– Israel Paves Way For Remote Control Killing (The National)
– Exposed: The Truth About Israel’s Land Grab In The West Bank (The Independent)
– President Abdullah Gul: Turkey will ‘never forgive’ Israel (Al Jazeera)
– Israeli soldiers murder at least 10 civilians on boat carrying aid to Gaza (Los Angeles Times)
– Gaza Aid Flotilla Delayed After Mystery Faults Hit Two Boats (Independent)
Dr. Alan Sabrosky, former director of studies at the US Army War College says that the military brass now know that Israel “and those traitors within our nation” committed the 911 attack.
……”I have had long conversations over the last two weeks with contacts at the Army War College and the headquarters, Marine Corps and I’ve made it absolutely clear in both cases that it is 100% certain that 9/11 was a Mossad operation.” Period.
– Israel Threatening To Use Nuclear Weapons On Iran! (FOX NEWS)
– Palestinian children are stoned while walking to school (Christian Peacemaker Teams)
– U.S. shipped 989 munitions containers to Israel week before Gaza invasion (Australien Herald)
– Israel’s war crimes in Gaza (Independent)
– Did Israeli soldiers kill unarmed civilians? (Toronto Star):
‘The most moral army in the world’ killed civilians without cause
– Israeli soldiers report abuses in Gaza (Los Angeles Times)
– Gaza building apparently hit by phosphorus: UN (Vancouver Sun)
– Israel used phosphorus in heavily populated areas, doctors charge (Kansas City Star)
– Israel shelled UK war graves in Gaza (Telegraph)