On May 25, one Avigdor Eskin took me to court demanding compensation for my writing that he was a "known Shabak provocateur." I viewed the trial as nothing but a nuisance because Eskin's claims were so stupid. Quoting a nearly seven year old paragraph which appeared in an obscure American web site with no Israeli readers, this liar claimed that he was damaged. And it only took him seven years to feel the pain.
My attorney, Dov Eben-Or wrote my defence argument and quoted Israeli law which puts the onus of responsibility on the publisher in such cases, not the writer.
So what did Judge Chaim Lakhovitzky do? He changed the law. In an incredibly long-winded ruling, he declared that because the Internet is based on forwarded messages, web site owners cannot be responsible for damages the way a newspaper is by law. From now on in Israel, writers who post on the Internet are liable for any message they write.
Eskin is a known Shabak provocateur and I proved it. I presented articles from much more influential sources claiming just that and the most widely read such claim appeared in Haaretz a full year before my little paragraph appeared on the tiny American site. Another witness was Dahlia Pelesoff-Rabin, daughter of the late Prime Minister, who was quoted in a leading women's magazine insisting that she had followed Eskin's antics closely and had been told that he was acting for the Shabak.
But pity little Avigdor's daughter who was banned from school because little old me had damaged her father's reputation. The judge, for reasons I'm beginning to more than suspect, dismissed the proven fact that one word in Haaretz reaches hundreds of thousands of Israelis whereas, my claim was read by not a one of my countrymen.
I asked the judge an obvious question. "Why is Eskin suing me and not Haaretz or Dahlia Pelosoff-Rabin?" Now get this reply: "Because he didn't want to."
I knew the fix was in at that moment.
If Eskin isn't a Shabak provocateur, he fits the pattern like a glove. Like his fellow provocateur Avishai Raviv, Eskin seeks the weak-minded and the weak to join his gang of merry pranksters and prods them into committing outrages. Like Raviv, he befriended Yigal Amir and even acted as his matchmaker with his screwball fiance Larissa Trembovler. Since my last piece on Eskin, three people wrote telling me how he tried to recruit them into his gang. They will be witnesses, if they agree, in my appeal to this travesty of a verdict.
And I have one other witness, Amir A., who was Rabin's emissary to Arafat. He provided me with inside information proving Eskin's intelligence ties.
Eskin did not appear at the trial with a letter from the Shabak denying he was associated with them. That could have been acquired from the Defence Ministry. He brought no proof whatsoever that he was not working for the Shabak and I brought ample evidence that he was a widely known Shabak provocateur.
Judge Lakhovitzky admitted my evidence carried great weight, so he reduced Eskin's damages by 5/6, from 18,000 to 3,000 shekels. To do so, he had to change Israeli laws protecting journalists from the kind of nuisance the Eskins of the country can inflict on a free press.
As soon as the verdict was released on the internet, two journalists, Raanan Bavli and Shahaf Pilovitz wrote me. Both are editors of sites and forums on the Rotter portal. The message was the same. You have to fight the verdict or the precedent will destroy internet freedom in Israel.
Which I think was the idea in the first place.
Eskin didn't wake up after seven years and decide he was damaged by me. He was sent. And he gave all kinds of hints that he was coached. Lately, one attack against me has appeared over and over by my paid detractors. A year and a half before Ehud Barak's Lebanon escape, two helicopters crashed in northern Israel killing 73 soldiers. A minute later, an American F-14 crashed into Haifa Harbor killing its two man crew. An hour later, from Geneva, Shimon Peres declared that the accident proves Israel must leave Lebanon. The next day, four engineers from Israel Aircraft Industries were killed when an Arab truck driver smashed their car. One was the chief navigation engineer for the helicopter division. You can draw your own conclusion if this is all coincidental. I sure don't think so.
Three times Eskin told the judge that I also wrote that Peres caused the helicopter crash, which I never did. And that came from coaching.
Then things became positively weird. After the trial, I went to the court secretary for a copy of my verdict. I have been to too many trials in my life and know the procedure. It is printed out on the spot. Now, I needed that verdict to prepare my appeal, but I was told it wasn't ready. I replied that I had only 15 days to file an appeal and I needed that verdict. I was told it would be mailed to me.
I called my attorney Dov Eben-Or who was astounded that the judge overturned his arguments. But he was astonished that I didn't have the verdict to send him. The court had to issue it to me on the spot. That is a basic legal right.
One week passed and no verdict arrived in the post. So, I called the Jerusalem district court to enquire what was going on. Here was the conversation.
BC: I'd like to know if you posted me my verdict. (I gave the file number)
Court Secretary: Let me check. No, you have to get it from Mr. Eskin.
BC: What does that mean? I have to get it from you. Where is it?
CS: There is a problem. It's still in the computer. We can't recover it right now.
BC: Why not?
CS: We are transferring data to a new computer.
BC: You can't withhold the verdict from me. I can't file an appeal without it. It's already been a week. When are you giving it to me?
CS: We'll notify you as soon as possible.
Once more, Dov was astonished. "A verdict," he said, "is written by the judge and printed out in hard copy by the court recorder after the trial. Verdicts don't get stuck in computers, they are paper which is faxed or photocopied. This trial of yours really smells."
But I will continue to call Eskin a Shabak provocateur if the evidence fits, rigged verdict or not.
And I will appeal not only for myself, for every Israeli journalist who will no longer be free to express himself on the Internet.
If the appeal fails, I'll exploit the opening. I can't begin to count how many real, baseless lies have been published against me over the years on the net. I'll get them all with this new precedent. I have one obsessive nutcase who has called me a Holocaust denier on innumerable occasions. Just last week he was up to the same nonsense on a bunch of Jewish newsgroups, this time anonymously.
If the appeal fails, I'll go to town with him. But we'd all better hope it doesn't or the only reporting you'll get from the Israel internet is what the government allows.
Which was probably the point of this show trial in the first place.
I shouldn't be doing this alone. It's really too much of a burden. If anyone wishes to help me fund the appeal, just send a modest contribution to:
Nakhal Zohar 40/2
Modiin 71700 Israel
This has been a stellar week for repression. It seems to happen every time I make a breakthrough. And what a breakthrough I had. Israel's most influential news portal, YNet, the outlet for Yediot Achronot, did a very positive report on my webmaster and me. Have a look at: 10 years after murder, website asks who killed Yitzhak Rabin
And while the outlet of the country's biggest newspaper reported on my Rabin murder findings in a very fair way, the Jerusalem Post locked me out.
On Thursday. June 2, Root And Branch will present a most impressive evening called, Two Views Of The Oslo Crimes. Speaker one, beginning at 7 PM will be Dr. Atalia Ben Meir, author of Oslo: Fantasy Or Fiasc, and I begin at 8:30. It'll be at the Israel Center, 22 Keren Hayesod, Jerusalem. Write email@example.com for details.
The Post is supposed to provide a free listing for lectures in its In Jerusalem and Billboard sections. For the first time, they turned down the announcement.
And I get so frustrated at the immigrant groups in Israel but this time, let's pitch in to do the right thing. The English Speaking Residents Association (ESRA) invited me to lecture on the Rabin murder to its Modiin area chapter. The Chapter organizer is a nice lady named Stella who was very excited by all the people who asked me to appear. Then she sent the lecture announcement over the internet and she was so threatened that she canceled the lecture. Now wouldn't it be nice if you called her up and told her you want to hear me...and whatever else is on your mind. Her number in Israel is 08 9727169. Long distance is 011 972 8 9727169.
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As always, my books Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin; Israel Betrayed, Shabtai Tzvi, Labor Zionism And The Holocaust; The Last Days Of Israel; and Save Israel!, as well as my videos and CDS, The Dirty Secrets Of Oslo are available by writing me at email@example.com. BarryChamish.com
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