Monday, October 06, 2008
Yuli Tamir Goes a-SLAPPing
(see web page for links)
SLAPP suits are anti-democratic harassment suits in which people are sued
for 'libel' to prevent them from expressing criticism. They are a favorite
tactic of the radical Left, which uses them to make sure that non-Leftists
are silenced. SLAPP stands for Strategic Lawsuit against Public
Participation. SLAPP suits are illegal in much of the United States but
are a growing pastime for Israeli leftists.
YNET has now reported that Yuli Tamir, Israel's education czarina, has
filed such a SLAPP suit against Channel 10 TV. She was upset because
Channel 10 broadcast a news story that Tamir had ordered Ze.ev Jabotinsky
removed from the Israeli school curriculum. Jabotinsky was the founder of
the .Revisionist Zionist Party. in the 1920s and MAPAI bolsheviks have
never gotten over that. Ben Gurion had refused even to allow Jabotinsky.s
remains to be moved to Israel.
According to YNET News, 'Tamir filed a NIS 500,000 (approx. $145,000) suit
against Reudor Benziman, CEO of Channel 10 Tali Ben Ovadia, the editor of
the channel's 8 o'clock news broadcast, and Ran Lior, one of the channel's
reporters, citing slander and defamation of character.... A Channel 10
News statement said that the network stands by the report and its content,
and respects Tamir's fundamental right to have the matter cleared in
court.' Now in libel suits, one is supposed to be prohibited from filing
unless one can demonstrate that one was caused provable material damages.
Just what were the material damages Tamir suffered due to this report.
which was evidently factually correct?
Tamir has already shown her passion for loopiness. She not only demanded
that the Israeli school curriculum teach that Israel's creation was a
'Nakba' or catastrophe. She also has a track record of defending the
practice of what is euphemistically called 'female circumcision.'
Now SLAPP suits are more common than you might have thought. It turns out
both Professor Zeev Sternhell and myself have been victimized by
anti-democratic neo-fascists filing them against us. In Sternhell case, he
was successfully sued in France for 'libel' by a French anti-Semite named
Bertrand de Jouvenel. I myself was sued by the Israeli anti-democratic
anti-Semite Neve Gordon for 'libel' because I criticized his political
writings and activities. That case, in which I was largely victorious on
appeal in the Nazareth regional court, is now on the docket at the Israeli
Supreme Court to finish off SLAPP suits in Israel altogether.
I wonder if Sternhell will be pleased to discover how much he has in
common with me.
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