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Internal Security: February 12, 2013

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According to an investigative report by Australian television channel ABC, Ben Zygier, an Israeli with Australian citizenship who was held in complete isolation at Ayalon prison, committed suicide in his cell. According to the report, Zygier was imprisoned without anyone’s knowledge. Zygier’s jailers did not know the identity of the prisoner under their charge nor the reason for his arrest. The affair has been under a gag order, and reports about it in Israeli media have been censored. (ABC)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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February 12th, 2013 at 10:45 am

Economy and Society: December 18, 2012

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The Ministry of Justice has published a bill proposal, which would allow the state to instruct internet service providers to block access to various websites, without requiring a court order. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Calcalist)

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December 18th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Military and Security Forces: March 19, 2012

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The IDF’s Personnel Directorate decided that from now on all articles in the military weekly “BaMahane” will require prior approval by Chief Education Officer, Brig. Gen. Eli Shermeister.  The decision follows the publication of the weekly’s Purim edition which featured soldiers dressed in drag. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew - Walla)

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March 19th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Military and Security Forces: March 1‎‏9‏‎, 2012‎

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The army weekly Bamahane will henceforth have to send its articles to Brig. Gen. Eli Shermeister, the chief education officer, for approval before publication. This follows the publication of an article in the Purim issue about soldiers dressing up as women and performing as drag queens when off duty.

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March 19th, 2012 at 11:11 am

Political: January 1‎‏9‏‎, 2012‎

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The Immigration and Absorption Ministry has censored a landmark research report documenting the murder of women in Israel’s Ethiopian community. Ministry officials refused to release the report, claiming that it contained sensitive material that could violate people’s privacy. According to the report, “Both the families of the murderer and of the victim were … unsatisfied with the help they had been offered from external sources, including welfare organizations and professionals.” The minor children are taken care of by relatives, institutions and foster families.

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January 19th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Military and Security Forces: December 6, 2011

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The IDF and Ministry of Defense tried to prevent the broadcast of a video clip, in which Defense Minister, Ehud Barak and Chief of General Staff, Benny Gantz, are seen making jokes about female soldiers who participated in an IDF drill.

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Political: June 7, 2011

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MK Miri Regev (Likud) submitted a bill that says that retirees from senior positions in the Security Forces, would not be able to be interviewed in the media and other forums, on topics in which they gained knowledge during their service, unless they obtain approval from the Ministry of Defense.

(Hebrew)

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June 7th, 2011 at 9:56 pm