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2016-12-25 Police violence in an Israeli anti corruption demonstration

Only a few months ago, former Justice Minister, Law Prof Daniel Friedman said: "The Attorney General cannot shut the mouths of the entire nation..." Well, it appears that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is working at it -- no holds barred. On such matters Voltaire said: "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize".

Meni Naftali, former PM Netanyahu's residence chief caretaker, during a violent attack by Israel Police ub the course of a demonstration against Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and government corruption. Earlier in 2016 Naftali won a lawsuit claiming abusive conduct by Sarah Netanyahu. The lawsuit revealed Mrs Netanyahu to be a frequent consumer of large volumes of alcohol, leading her to abusive, at times physically violent conduct against employees. The lawsuit helped break a code of silence in Israeli media regarding the bizarre conduct of the Prime Minister and his spouse. The latter is at times the one deciding on crucial national security matters... That, while many doubt her mental stability. At one point, media claimed that Mrs Netanyahu's mental condition was used to deflect her criminal investigation. It is likely that Naftali holds major evidence of criminality by the Netanyahu couple relative to embezzlement of public funds. Mrs Netanyahu was involved in the most bizarre practices, e.g. "bottlegate" - forcing the staff to collect empty bottles, then pocketing the refund money.


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Joseph Zernik, PhD  Research Director

Dr Zernik’s core research pertains to e-government, government cyber operations, and their implications relative to human rights, civil society, and democratic institutions.

His work won appreciation in Israel and abroad:

  • Prof Uzzi Ornan - “All power to you! I hope that you see your tremendous efforts reach fruition!”

  • Attorney Avigdor Feldman - “In my opinion you are doing very important work… thank you for your thorough and persistent work”.

  • Prof Amnon Shashua, Mobileye Co-founder - “… very important work”.

  • International experts, as part of anonymous peer-review - “… challenges current thinking in the field”.

Four (4) submissions, authored by Dr Zernik and submitted under Human Rights Alert - NGO, were incorporated into UN Human Rights Council Periodic Reports regarding the US (2010, 2015) and Israel (2013, 2018).

The 2018 High Commissioner’s report on Israel included 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."

In 2018 he won a thank you note from the bureau of Supreme Court of Israel Presiding Justice for pointing her attention to the inexplicable disclaimer - “subject to editing and phrasing changes” - which appeared on all decisions of the Supreme Court from 2002 to that date.

In 2017 he won the right of public entry to the courtroom in Ayalon Prison complex, where hearings are held in matters pertaining to prisoners and detainees, without the 24 hour advance approval, imposed until then.

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