Free Israeli journalist Anat Kamm


By Anonymous
April 4, 2010
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An Israeli journalist, is under arrest in Israel, "the only democracy in the Middle East", for doing her job. You can read about it here. Here, in Israel, the press is banned from telling you about it. Remember, this is happening not in Iran, China or Myanmar.

Israel has placed a former soldier under house arrest for allegedly leaking details of a controversial policy to kill wanted Palestinian militants, and has slapped a gagging order on the national media to prevent it from covering the story, according to sources in the Jewish state and abroad.

The moves are being challenged by the media in a country that prides itself on its freedom of speech. An appeal is expected to be lodged this month by a television news channel and by the centre-left newspaper Haaretz, while the mass-market daily Maariv has satirised both the gag and the lack of media defiance by declaring: “Due to a gag order we cannot tell you what we know. Due to laziness, apathy and blind faith in the defence establishment we know nothing at all.”

The case centres on a 23-year-old former soldier, Anat Kam, who was arrested in December after finishing her national service, which is compulsory in Israel. She is reportedly charged with having copied classified documents that showed that Israeli troops had broken their own rules of engagement by killing three Palestinian militants in the West Bank. Six months earlier an Israeli court had all but banned the practice of so-called targeted killings, permitting them only in cases where the wanted suspects could not be safely arrested.

The story was subsequently published in late 2008 by Haaretz. The paper said that the military had apparently made a unilateral decision to relax its rules of engagement and returned to the practice of assassinating militants, a frequent occurrence in the early days of the second intifada, which began in 2000.

According to the report, in March 2007 Major-General Yair Naveh, who was the senior Israeli commander in the West Bank at the time, allowed his men to shoot three leading Palestinian militants even though they did not pose a clear threat. The order was judged to be illegal by experts interviewed by the Haaretz journalist Uri Blau.

Blau is in hiding in London.

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Jon_i_Cohen

Sun, 04/04/2010 - 16:30

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I knew we could rely on you to give further broadcast to this story.
In case you hadn't realised Anat Kamm was serving in the IDF at the time the documents were stolen, copied and passed to the journalist Blau. In any civilised, western democracy, that type of behavior would be considered treason.
Israel is in the grip of military activity from all quarters,the leak of such information has only helped Israel's enemies.
In Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc that type of behaviour would have resulted in death - not imprisonment or house arrest.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Sun, 04/04/2010 - 18:31

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So Israel should be like Iran, Saudi, etc? Interesting concept, JIC. It's called whistleblowing, and in real democracies it's praised. Now if a Syrian had done the same, you'd be applauding him/her. And Syria isn't a democracy. Nor is Israel.


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 00:55

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She revealed military secrets. Of course she was disciplined.

The issue was about whether the IDF should attempt to arrest terrorists or just assassinate them.

In Pakistan and Afghanistan unmanned US drones assassinate terrorists.

The Guardian and the red/green Zionophobe alliance are trying to make a big deal of this.

It isn't.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 10:30

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I know you will apologise for everything Israel does, Jonathan, but in democracies, as Israel claims to be, evidence is tested in court, not by arresting, hiding and censoring whistle-blowers and their work.


Jon_i_Cohen

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 10:55

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Here we go again!
This is individual was a serving soldier in the IDF at the time of the offence
As I said above, leaking documents and information valuable to an enemy by a serving soldier is treason.
It is NOT to be applauded.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 10:57

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No it isn't Jon. it's whistle-blowing and a vital part of the democratic process, to which Israel claims to subscribe. What she and Blau did are to be hailed. let's stop apologising for Israel's ridiculous actions and concentrate on helping those who fight to maintain its democratic status.


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 11:04

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Tsarfati is a proven liar. He said that the ZF was trying to manipulate the JPR poll. He claimed that Tsarfati is his real name when it isn't - he cannot produce a single link to identify himself.

He is best ignored.


araminta1

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 12:28

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For the author to use this story to illustrate his thesis that Israel is not a democracy fails.
The "whistleblower" is under house arrest, not executed or imprisoned.
Information about this is freely available on other websites and blogs.
Ha'aretz is bringing a case before the Israeli courts, their right to do so has not been suspended.
A serving IDF officer has to comply with the israeli equivalent of the official secrets act. This has been breached. The offender will receive a judgement. The info she divulged is in the public domain and that is a problem for the IDF, as it would be for any other army.
So, tell me moshetzafati2, where is the terrible injustice that shows Israel to be un-democratic?


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 13:35

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Thanks for reminding us, Jonathan, that the ZF was the first communal organisation to urge its members to skew the now-discredited JPR survey. Then there's the fact that the ZF managed to infiltrate people in every post-poll focus group. What were they doing? Trying to skew it even further? Informing on the other participants?

And where's your friend, Hawkeye, Jonathan?


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 13:38

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Araminta, in democracies, newspapers are allowed to report what whistle-blowers have said. And the whistle-blowers themselves are not hidden away so they cannot speak further. Let what she and Blau have said and reported be tested in open court. Not some kangaroo military tribunal.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 14:51

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Zionophobe? That's a new one. ROFLMAO.


Harvey

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 15:55

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It never ceases to amaze me how acts of espionage and treason somehow morph into so called " whistle blowing " when it comes to Israel.

Vanunnu by way of example was an out and out spy who compromised Israels state secrets and nuclear programme in much the same vein as Philby, Maclean ,Burgess and Blunt did for the Russians in the 60s.They were never termed whistle blowers . Neither were the Rosenbergs

Those who set out to demonise, denigrate and question Israels moral authority to act in the best interests to serve and protect its citizens prefer the use of the term Whistle Blowing as it gives an impression of exposing something dark and devious which it is not.

As for evidence being tested out in court Moshe ,tell that one to the innocent victims of coalition drones before you spout that nonsense.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 17:05

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Interesting you raise Vanunu, Harvey. He was a whistle-blower, not a spy, since he gave the information to the media. Philby, Maclean ,Burgess and Blunt and the Rosenbergs, like Jonathan Pollard, were spies, since they passed information to foreign powers. There's a difference.


Harvey

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 18:21

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Of course - How dumb of me .I'd forgotten the Russkies had previously cancelled their subscription to the Sunday Times !


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 18:44

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You note the difference, Harvey. As for unintentional consequences, none of us can tell. But the main difference is that while Kamm, Blau and Vanunu had every intention of exposing something they thought was wrong, Philby, Maclean ,Burgess and Blunt, the Rosenbergs and Jonathan Pollard did what they did to help a foreign power, either for ideological reasons (Philby, Maclean ,Burgess and Blunt, the Rosenbergs), for hard cash or for both (Jonathan Pollard).


Harvey

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 19:12

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No Moshe .I don't know the difference because there is none .As for unknown unintentional consequences. Well yes, I guess one can afford to be somewhat blase as to Israels security especially if you are one who does not have Israels interests at heart. Someone like Vanunnu and Kamm . In fact someone like you.

Incidentally why do you blog here ? I would have thought sites such as MPAC or Electronic Intifada would be infinitely more receptive to your posts


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 20:36

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Harvey, motek, I'll blog where I like about what I like, irrespective of the personal attacks of the likes of you.


Harvey

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 22:51

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Not so much an attack on you ,more a realistic observation given the constant and unwarranted stream of negative comments directed at Israel.

If I wanted to get personal I'd label you a troll as others have done on this site.

Incidentally I'm not your motek either .


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 23:08

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You aren't my motek? Thank crunchie for that


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 23:27

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Harvey, he's an irrelevant little irritant, just swat him away or ignore him


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 07:27

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You wrote that while looking in the mirror, didn't you Jonathan?


John Gold

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 11:44

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Let's be honest Israel's interpretation of democracy is a trifle barbaric...

Using helicopter gunships to blow up moving cars with suspected terrorists in (even with their family members in) - instead of pulling the car over and arresting them and bringing them to trial shows a peculiar understanding of a modern democracy, and at times is more akin to a Madmax movie...

Arresting a man in the past for 'whistle-blowing' Israel's nuclear weapons plants again shows that the government have a lot to hide - when it's all already common knowledge to the common people...


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 15:26

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1. Look how Tomlinson was treated by the UK for breaching the Official Secrets Act. Nothing ususual in the way Kamm was treated.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/mi6-rebel-ordered-to-leave-by-swiss-10...

2. Kamm is under house arrest. Tomlinson apparently was held in maximum security when he was detained.

3. A gag order is in place to prevent further leaks. Every democracy is well within its rights to protect military secrets through gag orders. The UK has such laws in place -
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/aug/10/military.digitalmedia

Yaacov Lozowick:

http://yaacovlozowick.blogspot.com/2010/04/collateral-what.html

Sadly, the needs of a democracy for transparency, and the needs for a military in obscureness, while both are legitimate, really do contradict each other sometimes. You'd think any reasonable person could appreciate the problem; alas, you'd obviously be wrong.


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 16:14

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SadFarter2:

" ....the ZF was the first communal organisation to urge its members to skew the now-discredited JPR survey. Then there's the fact that the ZF managed to infiltrate people in every post-poll focus group. ...."

All lies


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 16:53

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One last response from Ben Gurion's departure hall (lovely coffee at Arcafe), Jonty Baby it's all true actually that the discredited joke of an organisation ZF was the first to instruct its members to poll early poll often and it has put members in every focus group.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 16:59

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Are you absolutely sure that Avinoam Nini and Mira Awad want to perform for your far-right group?


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 17:08

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This is defamatory crap and lawyers have been briefed

The ZF alerted those who receive its weekly email to the survey and encouraged them to participate, as did other communal organisations.

Those who were invited to focus groups were selected (presumably) by IPSOS Mori who were commissioned by JPR to run the poll. Thee is no way that the Zf could have 2put members in every focus group"

SadFarter2 is a mendacious little timewasting troublemaker who appears not to need to work for a living so delights in trouble-making here.

He needs to get a life. He should certainly be banned from this board


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 17:37

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Oh, I am scared. Are you so afraid of the truth, Jonathan, that you want it censored and banned? Says it all really, Toodles.


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 04/08/2010 - 19:05

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http://thejewishpress.blogspot.com/2010/04/espionage-treason-and-tel-avi...

The traitor/spy Anat Ram was a student in the department of history at Tel Aviv University, in which the ultra-haters of Israel Shlomo Sand, Gadi Algazi, Yossi Schwartz, and Yehouda Shenhav teach, and in the philosophy department, in which Adi Ophir, Anat Matar and Anat Biletzki teach.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Thu, 04/08/2010 - 19:16

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By spewing the usual hatred, the Kahanists of The Jewish Press and other apologists have turned Anat Kamm into a hero and are trying to deflect the issue away from what she and Uri Blau revealed. Nice work.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Thu, 04/08/2010 - 19:20

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By the way, Jonathan, you note that the people whom the Kahanist scumbags of the Jewish Press slam live in Israel. Can the same be said of them? Or you?


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Thu, 04/08/2010 - 19:27

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And they can't even get her name right.


DLeigh-Ellis

Thu, 04/08/2010 - 20:06

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Hoff cites, ''The traitor/spy Anat Ram was a student in the department of history at Tel Aviv University, in which the ultra-haters of Israel Shlomo Sand, Gadi Algazi, Yossi Schwartz, and Yehouda Shenhav teach, and in the philosophy department, in which Adi Ophir, Anat Matar and Anat Biletzki teach.'

Studying at a uni where other characters may have taught or studied does not make an individual guilty by association. I studied at York, doesn't mean I'm automatically going to be a comedian like Harry Enfield, or director of the BBC like Greg Dyke.

Silly thing to quote JH...


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Thu, 04/08/2010 - 21:06

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Well, DLE, fascists are big on guilt by association. Usually it was the Jews who were singled out for that kind of treatment, but now we've got our own knuckle-draggers, it's anyonewho ain't them.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 07:47

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Something else occurs, DLE. If you read Jonathan's cite, it is very clear that the kahanists have already convicted Anat Kamm. Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence?


Jon_i_Cohen

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 08:08

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So, now she's innocent, and the whole story is a figment of our imagination.
I believe there is a comedy spot vacant now that we had the French/Camaroon Dieudonné M'bala M'bala banned; perhaps moshetzarfati2 is up for that?


Jon_i_Cohen

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 08:20

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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/136905

The reality is rather different. She is a spy.
Her actions endangered and continue to endanger the lives of hundreds of Israeli citizens both IDF personnel and civilians.
She worked for a left-wing media organisation called Walla, so far to the left it is off the scale.
The full extent of her actions ccannot be comprehended as over 2,000 classified documents were stolen and subsequently leaked.
It is treason and spying of the worst kind.
And no, moshetzarfati2 she wil not be executed without trial or dissapear without trace, she will be punished to the full extent of the law in the only democracy in the Middle East - Israel.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 09:21

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Jon, until she is convicted in a proper court of law, yes, she's innocent. That's what happens in democracies, which Israel claims still to be. You might have forgotten about that.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 09:22

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Isralenationalnews, Jon? The Israeli colonists' radio and news branch. I wonder how unbiased they were about rabbis calling for Orthodox soldiers to refuse orders. Could you check please.


Jon_i_Cohen

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 10:14

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Do you mean:- israelnationalnews?
What has the last point to do with espionage?


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 10:24

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Jon, it has to do with the extreme right wing bias of that particular media organisation, which makes Stormfront seem like the Times.


Jon_i_Cohen

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 10:31

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So, I repeat my earlier post, in case you didn't read it:-

So, now she's innocent, and the whole story is a figment of our imagination.
I believe there is a comedy spot vacant now that we had the French/Camaroon Dieudonné M'bala M'bala banned; perhaps moshetzarfati2 is up for that?


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 10:38

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Jon, I'll repeat my previous post to you, slightly reworded and written slowly so you will understand it: In democracies, which Israel claims still to be, people are innocent until proved otherwise in a court of law.


Jon_i_Cohen

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 10:49

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Come on mt2
Under questioning Kam has already admitted publicly that during her military service in the office of the then-Central Command Head Major-General Yair Naveh she copied over 2,000 documents onto a memory stick, loaded them onto ther own home PC from which the information was then passed to Blau.

She was indicted in January and is now awaiting trial.

Do you still maintain that she is innocent?


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 10:55

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Remember the Birmingham 6 and the Guildford 4, Jon? How about all the other miscarriages of justices where convictions based on "confessions" were extracted under duress by security services. Israel has had a few of those, too. She is innocent until proved otherwise by a court of law.


Jon_i_Cohen

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 11:08

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Is she a friend of yours?


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 11:25

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No, but the values of democracy are, as they should be to all Jews.


Jon_i_Cohen

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 12:13

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Democracy does not mean a free for all, as you seem to imply; it does not mean that anyone with a, (misguided), left- wing ideology has the right to do as they please.
If someone breaks the rules, (in this case Anat Kamm), they will suffer the full penalty that the law provides.
Once again, she is not a whistle blower she is a spy who has admitted a very serious case of espionage, two very different things.


mattpryor

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 12:17

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I'll wait for the trial before commenting on her guilt or innocence. If she's found not guilty then I would hope for an apology and compensation. If she's found guilty I would expect a punishment fitting a traitor.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Fri, 04/09/2010 - 12:27

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I too will wait for the trial, Matt. At least you get it.

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