Last night (14/12/03) I set my book table down at a rally against Olmert at the Jerusalem Theatre. Olmert was was guest of honor at an awards ceremony sponsored by the Israel Media Watch, an act itself inconceivable enough to sow confusion. We now return once again to that Rabin assassination, which must be kept under wraps at all cost.
The gentleman who invited Olmert and refused to rescind the invitation was Yisrael Medad, not long ago a central figure in the battle to expose the events leading up to the murder of Rabin. In the months leading up to the assassination, the government-owned Channel One tv channel, its head Moti Kirschenbaum and a director Eitan Oren, staged two reports of a dangerous hyper-radical organization called Eyal, whose most prominent and only leaders were Avishai Raviv and Yigal Amir, both Shabak agents provocateur. Medad led the battle to expose this piece of deadly media manipulation, going so far as to submit a (losing) petition to the Supreme Court to indict Kirschenbaum and Oren for fraud.
Medad lives in those very territories which Olmert decided warranted special labeling and had to be withdrawn from anyway. So why would he give his sworn enemy an invitation to watch an award given for for media honesty? And there is more. An astute activist at the rally, Gemma Blech informed me,"I attended Medad's lecture at the Ariel College media conference last month. He went over some examples of media bias and repression but didn't once mention the closure of Arutz Sheva. After his speech, I asked him why and he walked away from me without saying a word."
The last person I would have suspected of such easy co-option would have been Medad. That means that everyone is a candidate for it, including, certain members of the Yesha Council.
This is a repeat of many accusatory attacks written the exact same way for the past five years.
I left this comment there ( awaiting moderation):-
For the umpteenth time, I wish to clarify that Barry has his facts wrong. According to this story, repeated many times (and corrected many times), Medad [me] "g(a)ve his sworn enemy an invitation to watch an award given for for media honesty?". No award was given to Olmert. Olmert was Minister of Communications and, like former Ministers and other government officials, was invited to give us the credit of proper standing as a legitimate social action body. As for Gemma's tale, I honestly can't recall that. It's not my habit of ignoring people. If at all, I think I had previously tried to explain the matter to her and she once again started in with accusations not based on truth.