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Political repression against blogger in Israel

Fascinating and disturbing story by Haggai Matar in +972:

The Israeli blogger ‘Eishton‘ has been questioned by civilian and military police in an attempt to make him reveal a whistleblower who supplied him with unclassified military documents. His interrogation has attracted media attention to the anonymous blogger and his writing.

Eishton (a combination of the Hebrew words for “newspaper’ and “man”) was interrogated by police in an attempt to push him into giving up a source within the army or the Ministry of Defense, who helped him in his unique in-depth threepartresearch on army casualties.

Following the interrogation, Eishton published a warning on his blog, stating that he is not allowed to discuss details of the investigation, “the aim of which is to silence, hurt and extract private and protected information in an attempt to incriminate me and others.” The blogger also warns that should his site go offline, it is probably be because he was pressured to censor information or give up sources. In a recentFacebook post Eishton also states that investigative authorities convinced the court to give them warrants to force internet companies to reveal his identity, and which have enabled invasive searches in his and his relatives’ homes.

The research at the heart of the investigation was published last April, around Israel’s Memorial Day, and focused both on the lack of information regarding the circumstances of soldier deaths, and on the disproportionally large numbers of soldier suicides, as compared with civilian suicides. Eishton found out that while politicians and journalists were mourning the loss of 126 soldiers who had officially “died while protecting their country” between April 2011-2012 – the number of soldiers who had actually been killed in combat that year was no more than three. What about the rest? Eleven are actually civilians killed in terrorist attacks; 35 did not even pass during that year, but were retroactively recognized as “fallen soldiers”; and all the rest died from various other reasons, ranging from disease, to car crashes, to the number one cause of death in the army – suicide. Thanks to his source in the army or Ministry of Defense, Eishton discovered exactly how many soldiers had committed suicide, and how this was generally hidden by authorities. It is this source, who helped expose the real numbers and causes of death, who authorities are now trying to hunt down – and who Eishton is determined to protect.


One of the amazing things about this story is that no one, aside from the police, has any idea who Eishton is. In fact, I am the only journalist known to have ever interviewed him, and I too don’t know who he his. His posts reveal a person of left-wing politics, but who is highly critical of his own political camp, as well as of mainstream media, which he blames for many of society’s illnesses.

  • examinator

    first the aside …I note from your source site that the party with Palestinians in the K are now forced out so much for the quote from the Aus Zionist that used their presence as proof that the current Israeli regime isn't an apartheid one….Like Said a few swallows don't make it spring (free) especially if you've got a Big 12 gauge. Why shouldn't she ask for publicity about the greater number non Jews killed. By comparison I'm vitally interest how many protesters are killed by our government regardless of the politics.

    Now to the article at hand.
    It is truly sad that all governments can get away with one heavy handed size fits all? (nobody). specifically when it come to leaks that are exposing essential internal political LIES and have little to do with national security.
    In short the police apparatus have become part of the political arm a tool for political parties to squash unfavourable leaks.
    As someone whose job was designing security I'd suggest that the problem isn't the journalist rather at the other end …with the illegitimate nature of the claim of national interest, that is indicative of potential crime of greater significance.
    A bit like a whistle blower exposing a corporate crime of say a deliberate breach of public safety laws.
    Based on the information to hand I think this is simply an abuse of the system the police and the judicial arm of government.
    I don't know if the Israeli constitution has the concept of separation of powers in it, if it does then some one or ones are ignoring it.

    Either way Israel's democracy is showing the signs of imploding into a all too often middle eastern tyranny …only now the Non extremist Jews are in the firing line.
    Frankly I think it smells abit like Queensland under Joh or NSW under Labor …clearly time for a change before it's too late.