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Sunday April 18, 2010 4:55 PM (EST+7)
Newspaper urged to publish article revealing military secrets

Read more: Operation Cast Lead, war crimes, Uri Blau, media censorship

RAMALLAH,  April 18 (JMCC) - Nearly a year and a half after the end of Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, a member of the Israeli Knesset is urging the publication of an article by renowned investigative journalist Uri Blau, which reveals certain preparations for the military assault. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz was forbidden from publishing the article days before the military operation began.

In a highly unusual move, according to reports in the Israeli media, the army ordered the Haaretz newspaper to destroy all copies of an edition that included Blau’s investigation after it had already gone to press and been passed by the military censor. The article was never republished. 

Haneen Zoubi, an MP who previously headed an Israeli media-monitoring organization, said it was “outrageous” that the suppressed report was still secret so long after the Gaza attack. She is to table a parliamentary question to Ehud Barak, the defense minister, today demanding to know why the army suppressed the article and what is preventing its publication now. Barak must respond within 21 days.

She said publication of the article was important both because Israel had been widely criticized for killing many hundreds of civilians in its three-week assault on Gaza, and because subsequent reports suggested that Israeli commanders sought legal advice months before the operation to manipulate the accepted definitions of international law to make it easier to target civilians...

Blau is now caught up in one of the biggest scandals in Israeli history after he published articles revealing Israeli military secrets in which the military was involved in extrajudicial killings of Palestinians, in violation of Israeli court rulings. Blau is currently in hiding in London.

Read more about this story at Counterpunch...







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