Israeli peace group Gush Shalom reveal yet another element of the institutionalisation of the occupation:
Gush Shalom asks the court to halt government plans for creation of a so-called “regional radio” for settlers. As a cover-up for legalizing a settler pirate radio station (Arutz-7) a tender was issued by the government on the basis of military decrees which threaten basic democratic principles.
The Supreme Court was requested to issue a temporary order halting all the tender procedures pending final verdict.
The appeal, lodged on behalf of Gush Shalom by advocates Gabi Lasky and Smadar Ben Nathan, is aimed at the Minister of Communications, at the Second Broadcasting Authority and its chair Nurit Dabush, and at the commander of IDF forces on the West Bank. Gush Shalom asks the judges to order all of these to show cause why they would not abrogate the radio station tenders themselves and seriously faulty legal documents on whose basis the tender was issued. Specifically, Gush Shalom takes issue with the clause expressly permitting the former operators of pirate radio stations to present themselves as candidates for operating the new legal one. Gush Shalom also asks the Supreme Court for a temporary order halting all the tender procedures pending final verdict.
Of course, much of the media is far more interested in the upcoming November “peace” conference in Washington.
Let the sham begin.