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ערנות לזכויות האדם - אל"מ (ע"ר)
העמותה עוסקת בניטור זכויות האדם בישראל, סדרי המשטר הדמוקרטי ומוסדותיו - בפרט מערכת המשפט ואכיפת החוק. העמותה עוסקת במיוחד בחקר תקינותן וישרתן של מערכות מידע ממשלתיות. עיקר פעולתה של העמותה בגילוי, ארכיונאות והפצת מסמכים, דוחות, מאמרים, פרסומים בתקשורת, הופעות בכנסים בנושאים אלה, וכן - בפעולות משפטיות הנדרשות.

Friday, August 30, 2019

2019-08-30 פייסבוק, אני והתימניה בשביס...

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פיד, נואשתי - מבקש עזרה! או - התימניה בשביס ואני מול פייסבוק ישראל: כבר יותר מחודש אני חסום בפייסבוק. לא על משהו שכתבתי (אני כידוע מהמעודנים האירופאים). הם טוענים שהם לא יכולים לוודא את זהותי, אחרי כ-10 שנים שאני מנהל שם דף אישי, וכשנה שאני מנהל בפייסבוק גם דף עמותה. 
מה ביקשו ולא נתתי להם? העתק ת"ז, דרכון, רישיון נהיגה, חשבון בנק (!), תמונות של עצמי עם קודים סודיים שהם שלחו לי... 
אתמול, התימניה בשביס שכנעה אותי שנלך למשרדי פייסבוק ברוטשילד, והיא תדבר ששבילי, כי אני קיצוני וכו'... 
הלכנו, ביקשה לדבר עם מישהו מפייסבוק. הזקן בשולחן הקבלה גילה הבנה מדהימה, ביקש שנחכה, כי הוא יזמין מישהו מפייסבוק לבוא לדבר אתנו. 
הגיע בחור צעיר וחביב, גם הוא גילה הבנה מפתיעה. גם הקליט כל מלה שאמרנו וגם כתב סיכום. אבל כשניסיתי להבין מיהו ומהו, הוא טען שהוא בכלל לא עובד של פייסבוק, אין לו דבר עם פייסבוק, ולא יעשה דבר לפתור את הבעיה... הוא כנראה עובד של חברת אבטחה שתפקידה להכשיל כאלה שרוצים לעשות לפייסבוק צרות... 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

2018-08-12 הגשנו את מועמדותו של ג'וליאן אסאנג' לפרס העיתונאות הבריטית לשנת 2019

הגשנו את מועמדותו של ג'וליאן אסאנג' לפרס העיתונאות הבריטית לשנת 2019
בעולם הנתון ב"עידן הפוסט-אמת" ו"פייק ניוז", עבודתו של מר אסאנג' מצטיינת בדבקותה באמת. חזונו המוצהר של מר אסאנג' ברור: "אם השקר משמש לפתיחה במלחמה, אזי האמת מקדמת את השלום."  אנשים בעלי כוונות טובות ברחבי העולם מאוחדים בקריאתם לשחרורו המידי של מר ג'וליאן אסאנג' והפסקת רדיפתו!
קראו עוד: https://human-rights-alert.blogspot.com/2019/08/2018-08-12-2019.html

 


תל-אביב, 12 לאוגוסט - היום הגשנו את מועמדותו של מר ג'וליאן אסאנג' לפרס עיתונאות החוץ במסגרת פרסי העיתונאות הבריטית לשנת 2019 מטעם הפרס-גאזט.

המועמדות מציינת שלושה פרסומים להם היה מר אסאנג' שותף בתקופת הפרס (ספטמבר 2018-אוגוסט 2019):
1) בקשה מקדמית למחיקת התביעה האזרחית בתיק מטה המפלגה הדמוקרטית נ טראמפ ואח' (1:18-cv-03501) בבית המשפט הפדרלי, המחוז הדרומי של ניו-יורק, ארה"ב.  בתיק זה נרשמו ויקיליקס ואסאנג' כנתבעים בגין פשיעה מאורגנת.  הבקשה הביאה להחלטה מיום 30 ליולי, 2019, למחיקת התביעה. ההחלטה קובעת שפרסום הדלפות מטה המפלגה הדמוקרטית היתה פעולה המוגנת תחת התיקון הראשון לחוקה - חופש העיתונות.  בכך היתה הבקשה תרומה חשובה לעיתונות חופשית, לזכויות האדם, לסדרי המשטר הדמוקרטי, ולתרבות המערבית.  הליך זה יצר פרסומים עיתונאיים משניים ברחבי העולם.
2) פרסום מספטמבר 2018 - "שחיתות בעסקאות נשק עם אמירויות המפרץ" - חשף את השחיתות מאחורי עסקאות הנשק הענקיות של צרפת וגרמניה עם איחוד האמירויות, שסיפקו את הנשק המשמש עתה למלחמה שיש בה השמדת עם בתימן.
3) פרסום מאפריל 2019 - "אסאנג' הוא קרבן למערכת ריגול אינטנסיבית" - עניינו רדיפתו של אסאנג' הנמשכת עד היום.
מר אסאנג' הפך לדמות היסטורית, והוא גיבור זכויות האדם של דורנו. מר אסאנג' שתרם רבות לצורת החשיבה ותפיסת העולם של אנשים בבריטניה וברחבי העולם, במיוחד - ביחס לטבעם של המשטרים בארה"ב ובבריטניה, זכויות האדם וחופש העיתונות ב"דמוקרטיות המערביות" היום.
בעולם הנתון ב"עידן הפוסט-אמת" ו"פייק ניוז", עבודתו של מר אסאנג' מצטיינת בדבקותה באמת. חזונו המוצהר של מר אסאנג' ברור: "אם השקר משמש לפתיחה במלחמה, אזי האמת מקדמת את השלום."  אנשים בעלי כוונות טובות ברחבי העולם מאוחדים בקריאתם לשחרורו המידי של מר ג'וליאן אסאנג' ולהפסקת רדיפתו!
מסמכים של Human Rights Alert NGO נכללו לראשונה בארכיונים של ויקיליקס בשנת 2010, ואוסף מסמכים נוספים נכלל באקראי בהדלפת הדוא"ל של פודסטה ממטה המפלגה הדמוקרטית בשנת 2016.
להלן כתב המועמדות באנגלית.

JULIAN ASSANGE is nominated for Foreign Affairs Journalism award
Award criteria published by PressGazette
For the journalist working for a UK audience, whose reports from overseas have done the most to serve the public interest.
The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.
For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.
Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Examples of print/online/video work
1. Corruption in UAE arms deal, Wikileaks Sep 28, 2018
2. WikiLeaks say founder Julian Assange is victim of 'extensive spying operation',  Wikileaks April 10, 2019
3. Motion to Dismiss the Second Amended Complaint, by Defendant Wikileaks in DNC v Russian Federaion et al (1:18-cv-03501), Docket #224, PACER, March 04, 2019

Supporting statement
Julian Assange again made a unique contribution to world journalism and world civilization during the award period. Such contribution is evidenced in his collaborative work with Wikileaks which he founded, in statements which he made though others from his arbitrary detention in the Ecuador Embassy in London and from the London jail, in court filings in the UK and the US through counsel, and in news publications about him, relative to his fate as a persecuted journalist.
All of the above should be considered part of Mr Assange’s collaborative journalistic work.
In particular:
1) Wikileaks and Assange March 04, 2019 filing - Motion to Dismiss in DNC v Russian Federation et al (1:18-cv-03501) is a unique journalistic achievement. [1] It led to the July 30, 2019 dismissal with prejudice by US federal court of the DNC racketeering lawsuit, where Wikileaks and Assange were named defendants.  The ruling, stating that the publication of DNC leaks was protected by the First Amendment – Freedom of the Press – was a major contribution to journalism, human rights, and Western civilization. It generated additional news reports worldwide.
Additional examples of notable work include:
2) Wikileaks September 2018 publication - “Corruption in UAE arms deal”, [2] shedding light on the corruption behind a lucrative French/German arms deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), weapons that are currently being used to wage a disastrous and genocidal war against the people of Yemen;
3) Wikileaks April 2019 publication -  “WikiLeaks say founder Julian Assange is victim of 'extensive spying operation'”, [3] pertaining to Mr Assange’s ongoing persecution.
By now, Mr Assange is a figure of historic proportions, human rights hero of our generation, one who contributed immensely to the ways people in the UK and worldwide think and perceive the world, in particular – the nature of the regimes in the US and the UK, human rights and freedom of the press in “western democracies”.
The above three examples of publications during the award period generated numerous secondary publications worldwide.
In a world immersed in the “Post-truth Era” and “Fake News”, Mr Assange’s work is characterized by adherence to the Truth.
Mr Assange’s stated goal is clear: “If war can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth.”
People of good faith worldwide join the call for the immediate release of Mr Julian Assange and an immediate end to his persecution!
LINKS
[1] March 04, 2019 Notice and Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss (Docket #224) in DNC v Russian Federation et al (1:18-cv-03501)
https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nysd.492363/gov.uscourts.nysd.492363.224.0.pdf
https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nysd.492363/gov.uscourts.nysd.492363.225.0_1.pdf
[2] Corruption in UAE arms deal, September 2018
https://wikileaks.org//dealmaker/Al-Yousef/
[3] WikiLeaks say founder Julian Assange is victim of 'extensive spying operation', April 2019
https://watch.thewest.com.au/series/335/108467

Award nomination site
https://pressgazette.awardsplatform.com/entry/entrant/ZeDXRyZe

Human Rights Alert NGO [HRA-NGO]
HRA-NGO is dedicated to monitoring Human Rights, procedures and institutions of the democratic regime in Israel. In particular - justice and law enforcement agencies. Special focus is placed on investigating the validity and integrity of e-government systems. Human Rights Alert engages in discovery, archiving and dissemination of records, reports, articles, media publications, conference presentations in such matters; taking necessary court actions in this context.
HRA-NGO’s submissions were incorporated into four (4) UN Human Rights Council Periodic Reports regarding the US (2010, 2015) and Israel (2013, 2018).
The 2010 High Commissioner’s report on the US incorporated by reference the HRA-NGO submission, with the following note:
Corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California.
The 2018 High Commissioner’s report on Israel incorporated by reference the HRA-NGO submission, with the following note:
24. HRA-NGO highlighted the serious deterioration in integrity of law and justice agencies as a consequence of the implementation of e-government systems. It affirmed that the validity and integrity of any legal and judicial records of Israel should be deemed dubious at best.
Such research has been presented and published in international academic conferences, including Data Mining (2010), Criminology (2012), E-government (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Cyber and Law (2018), Global Security (2019), and closed discussion panels in the Israeli Democracy Institute re: “Cyber Authority Bill” and “Fake Election”.
His work was also cited in a textbook on “Machine Learning”:
Data mining of government records - particularly records of the justice system (i.e., courts, prisons) - enables the discovery of systemic human rights violations in connection to generation and publication of invalid or fraudulent legal records by various government agencies.
HRA-NGO’s work has been acclaimed by notable legal and computing experts.
HRA-NGO papers were first filed with Wikileaks in 2010, and in 2016 additional 19 papers were inadvertently incorporated in the Wikileaks Podesta files.

Web site:  https://www.human-rights-alert-ngo.org/




2019-08-12 JULIAN ASSANGE is nominated for Foreign Affairs Journalism award

JULIAN ASSANGE is nominated for Foreign Affairs Journalism award
In a world immersed in the “Post-truth Era” and “Fake News”, Mr Assange’s work is characterized by adherence to the Truth.  Mr Assange's stated goal is clear: “If war can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth.”  People of good faith worldwide join the call for the immediate release of Mr Julian Assange and an immediate end to his persecution!
 


Tel-Aviv, August 12 - today, we have filed Mr Julian Assange's nomination for Foreign Affair Journalism award, PressGazette British Journalism Awards 2019. Following are examples of collaborative print/online work and the supporting statement.



Award criteria published by PressGazette
For the journalist working for a UK audience, whose reports from overseas have done the most to serve the public interest.
The judges are looking for work which shows journalistic skill and rigour, is revelatory and which serves the public interest.
For print/online entries, please provide up to three examples of work. Broadcasters can submit up to three clips or one entire programme in support of their entry. A supporting statement of up 500 words must also be included.
Collaborative entries are accepted. Work should have been published between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and aimed at a UK audience.

Examples of print/online/video work
1. Corruption in UAE arms deal, Wikileaks Sep 28, 2018
2. WikiLeaks say founder Julian Assange is victim of 'extensive spying operation',  Wikileaks April 10, 2019
3. Motion to Dismiss the Second Amended Complaint, by Defendant Wikileaks in DNC v Russian Federaion et al (1:18-cv-03501), Docket #224, PACER, March 04, 2019

Supporting statement
Julian Assange again made a unique contribution to world journalism and world civilization during the award period. Such contribution is evidenced in his collaborative work with Wikileaks which he founded, in statements which he made though others from his arbitrary detention in the Ecuador Embassy in London and from the London jail, in court filings in the UK and the US through counsel, and in news publications about him, relative to his fate as a persecuted journalist.
All of the above should be considered part of Mr Assange’s collaborative journalistic work.
In particular:
1) Wikileaks and Assange March 04, 2019 filing - Motion to Dismiss in DNC v Russian Federation et al (1:18-cv-03501) is a unique journalistic achievement. [1] It led to the July 30, 2019 dismissal with prejudice by US federal court of the DNC racketeering lawsuit, where Wikileaks and Assange were named defendants.  The ruling, stating that the publication of DNC leaks was protected by the First Amendment – Freedom of the Press – was a major contribution to journalism, human rights, and Western civilization. It generated additional news reports worldwide.
Additional examples of notable work include:
2) Wikileaks September 2018 publication - “Corruption in UAE arms deal”, [2] shedding light on the corruption behind a lucrative French/German arms deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), weapons that are currently being used to wage a disastrous and genocidal war against the people of Yemen;
3) Wikileaks April 2019 publication -  “WikiLeaks say founder Julian Assange is victim of 'extensive spying operation'”, [3] pertaining to Mr Assange’s ongoing persecution.
By now, Mr Assange is a figure of historic proportions, human rights hero of our generation, one who contributed immensely to the ways people in the UK and worldwide think and perceive the world, in particular – the nature of the regimes in the US and the UK, human rights and freedom of the press in “western democracies”.
The above three examples of publications during the award period generated numerous secondary publications worldwide.
In a world immersed in the “Post-truth Era” and “Fake News”, Mr Assange’s work is characterized by adherence to the Truth.
Mr Assange’s stated goal is clear: “If war can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth.”
People of good faith worldwide join the call for the immediate release of Mr Julian Assange and an immediate end to his persecution!
LINKS
[1] March 04, 2019 Notice and Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss (Docket #224) in DNC v Russian Federation et al (1:18-cv-03501)
https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nysd.492363/gov.uscourts.nysd.492363.224.0.pdf
https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nysd.492363/gov.uscourts.nysd.492363.225.0_1.pdf
[2] Corruption in UAE arms deal, September 2018
https://wikileaks.org//dealmaker/Al-Yousef/
[3] WikiLeaks say founder Julian Assange is victim of 'extensive spying operation', April 2019
https://watch.thewest.com.au/series/335/108467

Award nomination site
https://pressgazette.awardsplatform.com/entry/entrant/ZeDXRyZe

Human Rights Alert NGO [HRA-NGO]
HRA-NGO is dedicated to monitoring Human Rights, procedures and institutions of the democratic regime in Israel. In particular - justice and law enforcement agencies. Special focus is placed on investigating the validity and integrity of e-government systems. Human Rights Alert engages in discovery, archiving and dissemination of records, reports, articles, media publications, conference presentations in such matters; taking necessary court actions in this context.
HRA-NGO’s submissions were incorporated into four (4) UN Human Rights Council Periodic Reports regarding the US (2010, 2015) and Israel (2013, 2018).
The 2010 High Commissioner’s report on the US incorporated by reference the HRA-NGO submission, with the following note:
Corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California.
The 2018 High Commissioner’s report on Israel incorporated by reference the HRA-NGO submission, with the following note:
24. HRA-NGO highlighted the serious deterioration in integrity of law and justice agencies as a consequence of the implementation of e-government systems. It affirmed that the validity and integrity of any legal and judicial records of Israel should be deemed dubious at best.
His research has been presented and published in international academic conferences, including Data Mining (2010), Criminology (2012), E-government (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Cyber and Law (2018), Global Security (2019), and closed discussion panels in the Israeli Democracy Institute re: “Cyber Authority Bill” and “Fake Election”.
His work was also cited in a textbook on “Machine Learning”:
Data mining of government records - particularly records of the justice system (i.e., courts, prisons) - enables the discovery of systemic human rights violations in connection to generation and publication of invalid or fraudulent legal records by various government agencies.
HRA-NGO’s work has been acclaimed by notable legal and computing experts.
HRA-NGO papers were first filed with Wikileaks in 2010, and in 2016 additional 19 papers were inadvertently incorporated in the Wikileaks Podesta files.

Web site:  https://www.human-rights-alert-ngo.org/ 



Thursday, August 8, 2019

2019-08-09 פסיכיאטרים ופקידי המשטר -- ליצמן, איילת שקד ואיימי פלמור | פשיעה מאורגנת בבתי המשפט | פרופגנדה של המכון הישראלי לדמוקרטיה

 Joseph Zernik @Joseph_Zernik
2019-08-09   פסיכיאטרים ופקידי המשטר -- ליצמן, איילת שקד ואיימי פלמור | פשיעה מאורגנת בבתי המשפט | פרופגנדה של המכון הישראלי לדמוקרטיה
על רקע ההמלצה לכתב אישום נגד ליצמן בעניין ניסיון להשפיע על חוו"ד פסיכיאטרית, צריך לחזור ולבחון פרשת ג'ואל בן-סימון.  פרשת בן-סימון יצרה אוסף אירועים ומסמכים, שתיעדו בצורה חסרת תקדים את שחיתות מערכת החוק והמשפט בישראל, כולל אשפוז כפוי בהנחיית משרד המשפטים. אשפוז כפוי של מי? של אזרחית שמחתה נגד שחיתות בתי המשפט. הפרשה גם כוללת תיעוד יוצא דופן של פשיעה מאורגנת בבית המשפט לענייני משפחה י-ם.  על רקע זה, יש לראות את מסע הפרופגנדה כגון האחרון - מהמכון הישראלי לדמוקרטיה - כהטעיה מכוונת של הציבור. השופטים בישראל אינם "מגנים על הזכויות של כולנו". השופטים בישראל עומדים בקדקוד ההתעללות והפרת זכויות האדם והאזרח!  
קראו בבלוג: https://human-rights-alert.blogspot.com/2019/08/2019-08-09.html

א. פסיכיאטרים ופקידי המשטר -- ליצמן, איילת שקד ואיימי פלמור

ליצמן בכניסה לישיבת הממשלה, השבוע
ניסיון לשנות את חוות דעתם של פסיכיאטרים הוא עניין מרכזי בהמלצות לכתב אישום נגד ליצמן כפי שהתפרסם לאחרונה. ועכשיו - התפרסמו הנחיות חדשות בעניין, שמקדמת ההסתדרות הרפואית. 
קישור:
ההסתדרות הרפואית מקדמת: רופא ידווח אם ניסו לגרום לו לשנות חוות דעת
 https://www.haaretz.co.il/news/health/.premium-1.7648197) haaretz.co.il/news/health/.p…
אולם בפרשת ג'ואל בן-סימון קיימים מסמכים פסיכיאטריים ברורים, שמראים על ניסיון לגרום לאשפוז כפוי על ידי התערבות בחוו"ד של פסיכיאטרים.  במסמכים הפסיכיאטריים כתוב במפורש: 'בתיאום עם עו"ד יעל קוטיק, משרד המשפטים, 050-6216207'.
מדוע ולמה?
ג'ואל בן סימון שבתה שביתת שבת מול משרדה של איילת שקד במחאה על שחיתות בית המשפט לענייני משפחה בירושלים. גו'אל בן-סימון נפגשה למספר דקות עם שרת המשפטים איילת שקד ועם המנכ"לית איימי פלמור. משם - הדרך לאשפוז הכפוי באיתנים היתה קצרה... בתיאום עו"ד יעל קוטיק משרד המשפטים, 050-6216207.
בתמונות: ג'ואל בן-סימון,איילת שקד, איימי פלמור, עו"ד יעל קוטיק 
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קישור ותמונה

[1] ג'ואל בן סימון באיתנים - מאחלת שבת שלום ומודה לאיילת שקד על תפירת תיק פסיכיאטרי 
בתמונות: המסמכים שהביאו לאשפוז כפוי של ג'ואל בן-סימון - בתיאום עו"ד יעל קוטיק ממשרד המשפטים.  בסופו של דבר בן-סימון שוחררה לאחר מספר ימים מאיתנים. המאמצים של איילת שקד, איימי פלמור, ועו"ד יעל קוטיק לגרום לאשפוז כפוי של בן-סימון הוכשלו על ידי פעילי מחאה ובראשם לורי שם-טוב. הפעילים דרשו קיום ועדה פסיכיאטרית כדין. הפסיכיאטרים באיתנים ניסו תחילה לטעון בו זמנית שבן-סימון בלתי כשירה, ושהיא ויתרה על הזכות לקיום ועדה... בן-סימון שוחררה מיד לאחר קיום ישיבת הוועדה...
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ב) פשיעה מאורגנת בבתי המשפט
פרשת ג'ואל בן-סימון כוללת גם ראיות חותכות לפשיעה מאורגנת של שופטי בית המשפט לענייני משפחה בי-ם, ביניהם מנחם הכהן, נילי מיימון ורפאל אלבז. שופטים אלה התעללו בג'ואל בן-סימון במשך שנים בבית המשפט לענייני משפחה י-ם.
בדיעבד, המזכירות סירבה לתת לבן-סימון העתקים של אף אחת מההחלטות, הצווים וכו', שהוצאו  ב-22 התיקים (!) שנפתחו בבית המשפט.  המזכירות הסבירה, שהחלטות אלה הן "טיוטות" בלבד, חסרות כל תוקף, ואסור להדפיס אותן, אסור להמציא אותן, ואסור למסור אותן. 
אולם אותן החלטות הומצאו ונאכפו במשך שנים.
בתמונות: השופטים מנחם הכהן, נילי מיימון, רפאל אלבז, ואחת "הטיוטות" של מנחם הכהן, בעניין משמורת קטין.
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פרשת ג'ואל בן-סימון יצרה תיעוד יחיד במינו של המרמה הנפוצה של השופטים, המבוססת על הנפקת מסמכים הנחזים ע"י אחרים כ"החלטות" תקפות ובנות אכיפה, אך נחשבים ע"י השופטים עצמם ל"טיוטות" חסרות תוקף, שאין בהן גמירות הדעת ואין בהן קבלת אחריות.
אותה מרמה בדיוק עמדה כמובן במרכז פרשת "הפרוטוקולים המפוברקים" של השופטת ורדה אלשייך. שם -- השופטת העבריינית ורדה אלשייך ונציב תלונות הציבור על השופטים אליעזר גולדברג היו בתמימות דעים, שהפרוטוקולים, שנחזו ע"י עו"ד רפאל ארגז ולשכת עורכי הדין ככתבי בית דין אותנטיים ותקפים, היו למעשה "טיוטות"בלבד.  ורדה אלשייך לא נתנה את הדין, כמובן, על מרמה חמורה זאת.
בתמונות:  השופטת העבריינית ורדה אלשייך. דוגמה של פרוטוקול "טיוטה" מפרשת "הפרוטוקולים המפוברקים", וסיכום התופעה בדו"ח מועצת זכויות האדם של האו"ם לבדיקה התקופתית של ישראל לשנת 2018, על סמך בדו"ח נרחב של עמותת Human Rights Alert NGO. 

  

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ג) פרופגנדה של המכון הישראלי לדמוקרטיה
השבוע גם התבשרנו על פסילת מסע פרופגנדה של המכון הישראלי לדמוקרטיה למען השופטים ע"י הרשות השנייה.
קישור
הרשות השנייה פסלה תשדיר של המכון הישראלי לדמוקרטיה בטענה לתעמולת בחירות | הארץ

על רקע שלל הראיות לפשיעה מאורגנת של שופטים ואחרים בבתי המשפט, יש לראות את היחצנות והפרופגנדה  - דוגמת זאת האחרונה מבית המכון הישראלי לדמוקרטיה - כמסע לטעיית הציבור, כאילו השופטים "מגנים על הזכויות של כולנו".
בדומה - מסע הפרופגנדה שמנהלת נשיאת בית המשפט העליון בעזרת יחצ"ן...
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קישור
הרשות השנייה פסלה תשדיר של המכון הישראלי לדמוקרטיה בטענה לתעמולת בחירות
https://www.haaretz.co.il/gallery/media/.premium-1.7652753

את מסע הפרופגנדה מנהלים בעלי עניין - חברי הגילדה: שופטים, ובראשם אסתר חיות, ואנשי מקצוע עריכת הדין. בתאוריה - בתי המשפט והשופטים היו אמורים להגן על זכויות. בפועל ("בפרקטיקה") - בתי המשפט והשופטים, ובראשם בית המשפט העליון -  עומדים היום בקדקוד ההתעללות באזרחים והפרות חמורות של זכויות האדם וזכויות האזרח...














Tuesday, August 6, 2019

2019-08-06 Israeli Central Election Committee and the 2019 election – an e-government case study

Below is the online expanded version of a shorter paper, which was submitted to the European Conference on Digital Government - 2019.

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Israeli Central Election Committee and the 2019 election – an e-government case study
Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert NGO, Tel-Aviv, Israel
joseph.zernik@hra-ngo.org

Abstract: UN Human Rights Council and academic reports have repeatedly documented lack of integrity in e-government in Israel, undermining Human Rights and democratic institutions. In the context of the recent April 2019 general election and the upcoming Sep 2019 election, review is provided of conduct of the Central Election Committee [CEC], with special focus on IT system development, implementation and operation. Our research in this area goes a couple of years back, and results are based on online data review, FOIA procedures, State Ombudsman reports, communications with Shin-Bet, and observation of the April 2019 general election. Starting in 2007 the State Ombudsman reports document serious failures, related to development and implementation of the CEC’s “Democracy” system. Following the 2015 general election, the system has been repeatedly alleged as a tool for election fraud. State Ombudsman reports following the 2013 and 2015 general elections document ongoing critical integrity and security failures (no log of entries), which the CEC failed to address. Starting 2017, CEC – chaired by a Supreme Court justice – provided a series of false and misleading FOIA responses. E.g., CEC stated that the Shin-Bet provided the required validation and certification of “Democracy” system. Shin-Bet flatly denied such assertion. E.g., CEC refused to provide the names of any persons, who were authorized and permitted to publish election outcome online. Instead, it misrepresented the publication as an automated process. In January 2019, a closed meeting was held with CEC Chair Justice Melcer, senior INSS/ Shin-Bet officers, cyber security, State Ombudsman and Ministry of Justice experts to evaluate threats to the upcoming April 09th, 2019 election. Shin-Bet experts warned against cyber threats by foreigners. Others warned against provocations, e.g., fake news by main Israeli political actors, and against lack of integrity in CEC’s conduct and its “Democracy” system. The April 09, 2019 general election was marked by widespread incidents by the ruling Likud party, deliberately intended to suppress Arab voting, and possibly to incite violence (violence failed to erupt). The 24-48 hours following the election documented massive failures, e.g., voter turnouts in the hundreds of percents in certain polling stations, which seemed to parallel certain sectoral lines. Other real time online publication errors persisted, repeatedly excused by CEC as “data entry” errors. Small pandemonium took place at the counting hall. By April 30th, the 21st Knesset was sworn in, but in early July it was determined that a counting error required shifting of one mandate between parties. Widespread voting fraud and lack of integrity in CEC paper documents was alleged. The common feature of electronic and paper records and systems is lack of validity and integrity, vague and ambiguous authenticity. The distinction between authentic and fake records can never be unequivocally made. The April election outcome failed to generate a ruling coalition, resulting in an unprecedented decision to run another general election in September 2019, with an interim government in between, circumstances described by some “a constitutional crisis” (in a nation with no constitution)… Both elections are largely shadowed by the Prime Minister’s pending indictments on bribery, deceit, breach of trust. Under circumstances where the political and justice systems are corrupt, one cannot expect integrity of e-government systems. On the contrary, under such circumstances e-government systems are easily amenable and likely to be manipulated as instruments of deceit.
Keywords: Central Election Committee, Courts, Shin-Bet, corruption, “Democracy” IT system

1.  Introduction
Previous UN Human Rights Council (2013, 2018) and academic reports [i] have repeatedly documented lack of integrity in e-government in Israel, undermining Human Rights and democratic institutions. In particular, the 2018 UN Human Rights Council High Commissioner’s Report adopted the Human Rights Alert NGO [HRA-NGO] submission, incorporated it in reference into the final report, and summed it as follows: [ii]
24. HRA-NGO highlighted the serious deterioration in integrity of law and justice agencies as a consequence of the implementation of e-government systems. It affirmed that the validity and integrity of any legal and judicial records of Israel should be deemed dubious at best.
There is no electronic Voting with electronic voting machines in Israel. The balloting is conducted purely on paper, counted by local Ballot Station Committees. The outcomes are entered and compounded through the central “Democracy” e-government system,
Figure 1. CEO - Attorney Orly Adas, Chairman - Justice Hanan Melcer, and "COO and IT Director" - Lazar Dudovich. 

2. April 09, 2019: Election day and its aftermath

On the morning after election day, activists posted the ballot station outcomes from the CEC web site, showing voter turnout in Jewish settlements in Palestine, ranging between 97 and 173%. In response, later in the day, the Central Election Committee issued an explanatory note to media: “data entry errors" [iii] Such errors persisted on the following days, prompting widespread criticism from all sides of the political system, regarding incompetence of the CEC.
Figure 2. Activist’s post showing real-time data on election date in the CEC website - voter turnout in various Jewish settlements in Palestine.

Figure 3. Activist’s post showing real-time data on election date in the CEC website -- voter turnout in the Jewish settlement of Harish – 561%.


3. Other unusual incidents surrounding the April 2019 general election and its aftermath



Figure 4. Keizler Inbar PR firm post, showing the two partners with the Netanyahus, boasting - “shhh, don’t tell anybody. We did it...” - a successful, secretive, "amazing logistic" operation, in collaboration with PM Netanyahu, in which cameras were planted in Arab ballot stations, "preventing thousands of forgeries", producing “voter turnout lower than 50%, the lowest in recent years!” [iv]

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As part of deliberate Arab voter suppression efforts, and possibly expecting to incite violence, Netanyahu's Likud party hired some 1,200 people to go with body cameras to ballot stations in Arab population centers, claiming that Arabs were notorious for voter fraud. [v,vi,vii] The were some speculations that it was intended to incite violence.

4. January 2019: “Fake Election” - threat assessment meeting at the Israeli Democracy Institute

Figure 5. “Fake Election” - closed doors meeting in the Israeli Democracy Institute in January 2019. [viii]
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In the January 2019 meeting, former senior Shin-Bet officers, currently at INSS (Institute for National Security Studies) reviewed threats related to “election in a complex cyber environment”. Threats were attributed to Russians, Chinese, Iranians and others. Similar concerns, regarding foreign cyber attacks against the general election were repeatedly published by Israeli media. [ix]
“Constitutional” (in a nation with no constitution) concerns were also raised, regarding the appropriate assignment of authority and responsibility for CEC cyber security.
Senior legal experts expressed their position that the main threat to integrity of the election was from “fake news”, generated on election day and rapidly propagated through social networks, using “fake profiles” and “bot-nets”.
It was noted that current CEC and cyber security legal framework failed to adequately address many, or most of the related issues.
Such experts noted that on the 2015 election day, Prime Minister Netanyahu himself spread such “fake news” through Facebook – that “left-wing NGOs” were busing Arabs, who were “voting by droves”. [x] The same legal experts noted that such conduct could have been addressed through existing law, pertaining to fraud and election fraud. Concomitantly, such experts noted that the law and justice system avoided any enforcement in such matters.
Some of the same legal experts had tried to promote quick legislation to prohibit some of the clearest methods of manipulation and abuse of social networks (e.g., micro-targeting) in an effort to pervert the election. When that failed, they had tried to broker a voluntary agreement among the parties in such matters. They noted that in both cases, all parties supported the initiatives, except for the ruling Likud party. It was clear that the Likud party had the best cyber infrastructure, the best funding. Therefore, suspicions were raised the Likud party was planning some cyber deception for election day.
Others (such as this author) noted, in the presence of CEC Chair, Justice Hanan Melcer, that lack of integrity in CEC conduct and in particular invalidity of its IT systems, were cardinal threats to integrity of the election.
Another threat was noted - the tight relationship between the current Israeli government and security apparatus-related, government-regulated Israeli cyber firms, which were notorious for their expertise in perverting social network public discourse, general elections, civil society organizations (Psy Group, Wikistrat, and Black Cube), [xi] as well was other possibly criminal actions. [xii,xiii]
In January 2019 it was also published that Shin-Bet initiated, for the first time ever, background and security clearance investigations of CEC personnel. [xiv]

4. FOIA requests and responses
Until 2016, the CEC held itself exempt from FOIA. Only after a special amendment to the Act, CEC was held obligated by the Act. However, even then, the Committee at times failed to respond, unless pre-litigation warnings were forwarded to the CEC Chair, Supreme Court Justice Hanan Melcer. [xv]


4.1 IT systems validation and certification by a State employee
FOIA request sought an authentic record, duly signed by a State employee. The Committee failed to provide such record. Instead, the Committee provided false statements - "the systems were validated and certified by the Agency [RE'EM-Shin-Bet - jz]". However, following flat denial by the Shin-Bet, the Committee stated that it did not have the required validation and certification by a State employee.


Figure 6. Top - the Committee's FOIA response falsely stated that "the Agency [Re'em- Shin-Bet- jz] validated and certified the Committee's IT systems". Bottom - the Shin-Bet flatly denied such claims, "Shin-Bet is not the guiding authority for the Committee, and therefore it is not the certifying agency for its IT systems either".
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4.2 Lawful appointment of CTO/IT Director
In FOIA response, pertaining to validation and certification of “Democracy” system, CEC failed to provide the requested records, but stated that Mr Lazar Dudovich supervised and certified all aspects of development, implementation and operation of the system.
Figure 7. In FOIA response - the Committee stated:
2. Mr Lazar Dudovich is a CEC employee, in charge of development and maintenance [of its IT systems], serving as Chief of Operations and Computing in CEC.
3. All planning, documentation, execution and maintenance of the [“Democracy”] system, followed MAFTAH protocols [Israeli gov IT development, implementation and operation protocols] under supervision and certification by Chief of Operations and Computing – Mr Lazar Dudovich.
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However, in response to a follow-up FOIA request, no record was found of Mr Lazar Dudovich’s lawful appointment and his job description.

4.3 Authorities and permissions
In response on FOIA request regarding persons, who hold authorities and permissions to post election outcomes in the Committee's web site - the Committee initially provided a false response, attempting to generate false representation that it was a fully automated, no human touch process, "...the results are published in a mechanized manner"... However, following presentation to the Committee of false election outcome data, which had been posted in the Committee's web site, the Committee stated that someone uploaded the wrong data file…

Figure 8. Top - the Committee's FOIA response refused to name the persons, who held authorities and permissions to publish the election outcome on the Committee's web site. The Committee created a false representation of a fully automated process. Bottom - example of false election outcome data, which were published on the Committee's site. After such data were presented, the Committee claimed that someone uploaded the wrong data file.
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4.4 Compliance with lawfully binding IT system security standards
In response on FOIA request, the Committee stated that it had no certification of compliance with IT security standards, required by Israeli law.
4.5 Duly made protocols of Presidency and Plenary CEC meetings
The Committee finally admitted in response to FOIA requests, dragged for over a year, that it did not maintained signed minutes of its Presidency and Plenary meetings, chaired by Supreme Court justices. In contrast, the Committee did maintain lawfully signed minutes for sub-committee meetings, chaired by other officials, e.g., the Tender Committee and Tender Exception Committee. In a follow-up FOIA request, the Committee was asked to provide copies of any document, signed by then Committee Chairs, Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, certifying the 2013 election outcome, Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran, certifying the 2015 election outcome. The Committee issued an extension notice at the end of the legally prescribed 30 day period, stating it could not respond in time, due to work overload…
At the end of 10 months (time limit by law is 30 days, with a possible 30 day extension), and after a pre-litigation notice, sent last week to the Committee's Chair, Supreme Court Justice Hanan Melcer, the Committee has finally responded on a FOIA request, pertaining to protocols of the Committee's Presidency and Plenary meetings (in which the Chair - Justice of the Supreme Court presides). However, as was the case in previous FOIA responses, the Committee's response failed to provide copies of the authentic records. Instead, the Committee provided a letter, describing the records... Regardless, the information relative to the agendas of the Committee's Presidency and Plenary meetings , failed to show involvement of the current Chair, Justice Hanan Melcer in material issues, pertaining to validity, integrity and security of the Committee's IT systems.
Similarly, a previous FOIA response denied the existence of any records, which tied the Committee's chairs over the past 7 years to computerization of the Committee.
In contrast, a November 2018 report by renowned Israeli columnist Ben Caspit, under the Hebrew title, "Is the Israeli election susceptible to fraud?", announced that Justice Melcer "delved into the depth of the issue" and initiated " a multi-layered security system". [xvi] In a previous FOIA response, the Committee denied any relationship to such report, or the existence of any records, which documented the initiation of any corrective measures by Justice Melcer...
The Committee initially stated that the Shin-Bet validated and certified its IT systems. However, after the Shin-Bet flatly refuted such claims, the Committee stated that it had no validation and certification records.
The Committee stated that it had no certification of compliance with lawfully binding IT security standards.
In response, pertaining to authorities and permissions for publishing the election outcome in the Committee's web site - the Committee provided a response that was a false representation - of an automated, no human touch process. After the Committee had been presented with false election outcome data on its web site, the Committee claimed that somebody uploaded the wrong data file...
The Committee's FOIA responses raise serious concerns regarding integrity of the Committee's senior officers, including CEO - Attorney Orly Adas, Legal Counsel - Attorney Dean Livneh, and FOIA Officer - Elad Naveh. According to the Committee's FOIA responses, management of the Committee's IT systems development, implementation and operation is under the authority of Mr Lazar Dudovich - COO and IT Director. However, the Committee failed to produce any record, which documents his lawful appointment and job description...
Performance of the Committee's Chairs - justices of the Supreme Court - fails to generate public trust…
Figure 9. The Committee's initial FOIA response refused to provide any information regarding the Committee's meetings, claiming that over the past 7 years it had held "innumerable meetings". Eventually it turned out that over the past 4 years it has held only 12 meetings (see below) ...
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Figure 10.  FOIA response, purporting to provide the agenda pages of the Committee's Presidency and Plenum meetings since the 2015 election (a total of 12).
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Figure 11. FOIA response, purporting to provide the agenda pages of the Committee's Presidency and Plenum meetings since the March 2015 election and to January 02, 2019 - a total of 12 meetings. The Committee failed to provide the requested authentic records, instead it provided a letter, which outlined the records.
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4.6 Lawful certification of general election outcome
Given that CEC eventually admitted that there were no lawfully signed Presidency or Plenary CEC meeting protocols, a follow-up FOIA request asked for lawfully made records, certifying the outcome of the 2013, 2015, and April 2019 general election. No response is available yet.
4.7 Corrective measures
Following repeat publication in wide distribution regarding critical failures in the Committees validity, integrity and security, journalist Ben Caspit published in November 2018 a report, titled, "Cyber attacks increasingly penetrating Israel's politics" [the Hebrew title was "Is the Israeli election susceptible to fraud?"]. The report announced that the Committee Chair - Justice Hanan Melcer, " has already delved into the depths of the issue" and initiated "the establishment of a multi-layer cyber protection system". In response on another FOIA request, the Committee denied any relationship to Caspit's report, and also denied the existence of any records, which documented the initiation of any corrective measures.

Figure 12 . November 2018 report by renowned Israeli columnist Ben Caspit. CEC denied any relationship or any knowledge of the facts reported by Capsit. Mr Caspit has failed to respond on repeat requests for comments on this matter.
5. 2015 general election - allegations of computer fraud
Perennial concerns abound regarding corruption of the CEC. [xvii] Netanyahu’s win (at 23.40%) defied all up to the last minute pollsters’ predictions, and it could be attributed to an unusual increase in voting near the 22:00 closing time. Unlawful conduct in the Committee’s IT system was alleged.
In a personal meeting, MK K Elharrar, Chair of State Oversight Committee, commented on such allegations: “Anything is possible.”
The allegations focus on integrity and security of IT systems of the Central Election Committee.



Figure 13. US influential blog Daily Kos reported of concerns regarding fraud several days after the 2015 Israeli general election. Similar reports appeared later in Israel as well [xviii]
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Figure 14. The number of voters in the last 2 hours of polling in successive election year [xix]
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The Marker (business supplement of the respectable Haaretz daily) published a series of guest reports by Attorney David Levy, who claimed that serious fraud was perpetrated in CEC IT systems in the 2015 general election. According to his analysis, the fraud added to Netanyahu's Likud party up to 8 mandates . In the 2015 national election, Netanyahu won, according to the official count, thirty (30) mandates (out of 120 in the Knesset -- Israeli parliament). The next biggest party was the Labor party alliance, with 24 mandates. Therefore, the alleged fraud entirely changed the political landscape in Israel.
According to Levy's analysis, the fraud was perpetrated in the last couple of hours of the polling day, by adding votes of people, who did not exercise their right to vote. [xx]
Levy also filed a petition with the Israeli Supreme Court, challenging the outcome of the 2015 general election. However, his petition was summarily dismissed for lack of standing.
6. 2007-2015 State Ombudsman’s reports
Already the 2007 State Ombudsman’s report found serious failures in conduct of the CEC. Of particular interest are failures related to unreasonable contracts with corporations involved in providing goods and services, related to computerization of CEC. [xxi]
In the aftermath, Knesset Chairperson Dalia Itzik announced her intention to hold a hearing, aiming to evict the CEC from the Knesset’s building, and “erase the stain of CEC”. [xxii]
The 2013 State Ombudsman’s report notes fundamental failures in “Democracy” IT system, including apparent failure to maintain a log of entries and failed entries to the system. Additionally, the report states that no one was assigned the responsibility to review the “Events Log” and investigate the “events” in the system.
Worse yet, the 2015 State Ombudsman’s report notes that the failures, which were noted in the 2013 report, relative to missing entry log and failed entry events, and review of events, have not been corrected, regardless of the 2013 audit report.
A failure of this type – missing entry log, could not possibly happen in a system that was developed and implemented following the binding State procedures and State law, relative to organization IT systems and State IT systems. It is inconceivable that a system, which was developed based on written specifications, and which was validated prior to implementation relative to such specifications, would demonstrate such failures.

8. Discussion and conclusions

CEC is a small government unit, headed by a Supreme Court justice. Its conduct is critical for integrity, validity and legitimacy of the regime. And yet, since 2007, State Ombudsman’s reports repeatedly document incompetence and/or corruption of the Israeli CEC. The series of FOIA requests since 2016 likewise demonstrates CEC’s determination to undermine transparency of its conduct and reflects a culture of deceit by CEC senior officers. [xxiii] Events surrounding the April 2019 general election, likewise, document at least CEC incompetence.
The circumstances surrounding the Israeli CEC and its IT systems may appear inexplicable, given that Israel is self-advertised as a hi-tech, start-up nation, a cyber superpower, [xxiv] now also a budding space power - in February Israel launched a spacecraft to the moon. [xxv] However, already the HRA-NGO submission for the 2018 UN Human Rights Commission Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Israel (submitted in July 2017) includes a section reviewing evidence of lack of integrity in the CEC. [xxvi] The submission recommended the invitation of international observers for the next general election (which eventually took place in April 2019).
The HRA-NGO submission also provides extensive documentation of the effects of invalid, fraudulent e-government systems on the nature of the regime, with particular emphasis on corruption of the justice system and widespread abuse of human rights. The HRA-NGO submission was incorporated by reference into the 2018 UN Human Rights High Commissioner’s 2018 UPR report on Israel, pursuant to professional staff review, with a note stating - “the validity and integrity of any legal and judicial records of Israel should be deemed dubious at best.”
Obviously, CEC records are legal and judicial records.
The basic principle, undermining the integrity of the CEC’s IT systems and electronic records, paper systems and paper records is their vague and ambiguous nature. The systems and records do not permit the distinction between valid and authentic records and fake, or fraudulent records (paper or electronic). It is the same principle, which is also the foundation of the fraud in in IT systems and electronic records of the Israeli courts - which undermines human rights – the generation of records, whose integrity and validity are vague and ambiguous.
Such circumstances in the State of Israel should be considered as a unique example and extension of the principle, stated by Harvard law professor Larry Lessig, "Code is Law". Here it shows the consequences of implementing invalid or fraudulent e-government systems. [xxvii]
Eventually, public trust in CEC depends on public trust in its chairs. The intention of the law was that one justice serve a full cycle, from after one general election till after the next. However, the justices generated high turnover in the CEC chair position, by appointment of chairs that were justices before retirement or before appointment as Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court, leading to their premature resignation and replacement.
Circumstances, described above, where Presidency and Plenary CEC meetings (the meetings which are presided by the Chair – Supreme Court Justice) have no lawfully signed protocols is disturbing. It should be noted that for other CEC meetings, e.g., Legal Tenders Committee, Legal Tender Exceptions Committee, lawfully signed protocols do exist. However, the failure of the Chairs, Supreme Court justices to produce lawfully signed CEC protocols is not surprising. The justices also refuse to produce lawfully signed protocols [“minutes”] for Supreme Court hearings, even after a special amendment to the law, explicitly prescribing their duty to do so...
Likewise disturbing are circumstances, where CEC fails to comply with FOIA, and FOIA responses are provided only after pre-litigation notices are forwarded to the Chair – Justice Hanan Melcer.
It should also be noted that direct notices have been sent to Justice Hanan Melcer, reporting the various failures, discovered through FOIA responses, and he has been repeatedly asked to initiate corrective actions. As documented in a later FOIA response, CEC answered that no corrective actions have been taken.
The circumstances, which are documented here, relative to CEC, should be viewed in the larger context: The April 2019 general election was conducted with the ruling party’s leader, Prime Minister Netanyahu facing 3 indictments on various corruption affairs. In fact, analysts and political figures have repeatedly stated that the reason for the early scheduling the April 2019 election was to delay or prevent the filing of the indictments against Netanyahu.
The failure to establish a governing coalition following the April 2019 election, the immediate calling of another general election in September 2019, and conduct of the interim government under dubious authority, are also viewed as part of the same effort to undermine the administration of justice on Netanyahu. The situation as a whole is often described as a “constitutional crisis” (in a nation with no constitution). [xxviii]
Such crisis has deep roots in corruption of the justice system and the failure to enforce the law on Netanyahu for over 20 years, under patronage of the Attorney General and the Supreme Court. A good landmark for a starting point is the 1997 “Bar-On Hebron Affair”, where Netanyahu and his colleagues were caught selling the office of Attorney General. Police investigation concluded that they should be indicted, but the case was closed with no accountability, effectively establishing Netanyahu’s impunity. [xxix]
Also in the US, the validation, security, validity and regulation of election IT systems, particularly e-voting machines, has been a perennial problem. Over the past 2-3 decades, both computing and legal experts have repeatedly demonstrated the susceptibility of existing systems and called for corrective government actions, which failed to follow. [xxx] It should be noted that during this period, the contentious 2000 Bush-Gore election took place, where the failure of machinery for ballot counting was a critical issue. Outcome of the election was determined by the US Supreme Court, in what was opined by experts a notorious decision of historic proportions. [xxxi]
Two final conclusions can be drawn from this case study: Under circumstances where the political and justice systems are corrupt, one cannot expect integrity of e-government systems. On the contrary, under such circumstances e-government systems are easily amenable and likely to be manipulated as instruments of fraud by the regime on the people. Particularly for such reasons, IT experts should assume a key role in the safeguard of human rights, democratic institutions, and civil society in the digital era.
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