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      by Yisrael Medad
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Shevat 12, 5768, 1/19/2008

      Israeli Democracy - There Goes Blogging?


      A fellow blogger has reportedly been questioned by the GSS about his blogging activities.  (The details are here)

      First of all, I am surprised that Israeli security personnel and policemen read English.

      Secondly, I'm surprised they read blogs.

      Third, doesn't anybody in the system ever undergo a seminar or workshop on what the Western world calls "freedom of expression" and the difference between "incitement" and criticism?

      So, dear GSS man reading this blog, rest assured, I do not advocate violence in any of my blogging.  I do not seek the subversion of the state of Israel.  I do believe in the democratic norms that all Western countries uphold.

      If any of you GSS personnel reading this have any questions, why don't you drop me a line or comment at this or any of my other blogs?

      But, if you really think I represent a danger - after all, I do seek full Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, extension of Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, full civiliam residency in those areas until that time among other views - when you do invite me in for a discussion/interview, I take my coffee with one sucrazit or better yet, plain tea with no sugar.