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Interview with Israeli Journalist, Ronen Bergman, Censored Twice!

Censored interview with Ronen Bergman in 7th Eye (click to enlarge)

חשיפה: הסיבה שבגללה הצנזורה אוסרת לפרסם שישראל מייצרת ומפעילה מל”טים חמושים

Ronen Bergman, one of Israel’s most distinguished security and intelligence investigative reporters has earned the distinction of having an interview he conducted with the media watchdog publication, 7th Eye, censored not once, but twice.  This happened last June, after he published an exposé about how Israeli counter-intelligence officials uncovered the most successful KGB spy in Israel.  He was Marcus Klingberg, whom I’ve written about here before.  He was exposed by an Israeli double agent, Boris Krasny, whose name was censored in the original Yediot Achronot story. I’ve also written extensively about the absurd censorship of Krasny’s role.

Censored passage from Ronen Bergman’s 7th Eye interview

When 7th Eye interviewed Bergman about this story, he let loose against military censorship, pointing out examples of its absurdity and lack of common sense.  For that, the censor, Col. Ariella Ben Avraham suppressed the entire article.  It was there on the publication’s website one minute and gone the next.  Of course, I published the entire article here.  In it, I noted as a footnote that one of the examples of absurd censorship which Bergman offered was Ben Avraham’s refusal to acknowledge that Israel manufactures and Operates Armed Drones.

Now, the censor has reconsidered her suppression of the Bergman interview, permitting it to be published.  With one caveat: the entire passage about Armed Drones is gone from the original interview.  That makes Bergman ‘twice-blessed’ by the censor.  So in honor of Col. Ben Avraham, transparent journalism and a free press, I publish the censored passage here in translation:

One example in which the power of the absurd is even more evident is the knowledge that Israel has armed drones.  Hebrew Wikipedia even mentions this, including the names of the different models and photographs of them.  We’re selling these vehicles to Germany.  It’s all there [in Wikipedia].  It’s all openly discussed.  Yet the censor doesn’t permit us to publish it.  Why?  Because of a claim, which even when it was first raised seemed ridiculous: that if it would be published British companies would not sell certain components to Israeli aviation industry and Elbit.  Proof is that the evidence is already public and they [the British] still are selling these components to us.

So there you have it: the astonishing revelation that Israel operates armed drones which, heaven forfend, actually kill Palestinians.  What many don’t know is that Israel pioneered murder from the skies.  And that the CIA learned at Israel’s knee how to kill Muslims without having to jeopardize any human life (except those of the victims, of course).

In a similar vein, a confidential Israeli source has informed me that Twitter’s act of censorship against me originated with a new Israeli cyber crimes unit established by chief prosecutor, Shai Nitzan.  In effect, I’ve become a wanted man for cyber crimes against the State of Israel.  In the first Israeli coverage of this case (I expect two others to be published shortly), in Calcalist, the unit advances the wholly preposterous argument that the crime of publishing the tweet was “multi-jurisidictional.”  That is, it wasn’t just a crime in Israel proper.  But it was a crime in other jurisdictions as well.  This is a plain, flat-out lie which has no legal basis whatsoever.  It’s a pure bluff by a bunch of shabby, shyster lawyers who have no arguments on their side, so they made up new concepts which never were.

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