Website Under Investigation in Israel For Featuring Soldier As Alleged Killer

660px-flag_of_israelsvg>Israel has a case that would make for an interesting false light and defamation claim in the United States. Indymedia Israel, a news site popular with civil libertarians, ran a picture of a soldier with the caption “murderer” and said that he was responsible for the death of Bassem Abu Rahma, who was hit in the chest with a tear gas grenade in Bilin near the West Bank. The government says that the soldier was not involved in the incident.

The site posted pictures from Bilin, including one with the caption of “murderer from Bilin” with the added note: “This soldier in this picture murdered Bassem Abu Rahma… do you know his name?”

Prosecutors are now investigating the site to determine if it violated the soldier’s privacy.

Various sites in the United States have faced lawsuits based on misrepresentations or defamation.

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  5. I can’t wrap my head around the idea that it is okay under any circumstances to publish the picture/name/address of any soldier and accuse that single person of killing another in the line of duty.
    this is like the idea of doing the same to police who kill in the line of duty.
    do soldiers and police have any protection from this?
    on the other hand, we seem to have no problem with members of extremist groups publishing names addresses and personal information of doctors and other health care professional who work in women’s health clinics and call for their death.
    still it seems wrong.

  6. Did we not have Playing cards that had all of Iraq’s people on the cards? Whats the difference?

    If someone’s belief is that they were involved, even if they were not, make that belief any less so?

    Are not pictures of war posted all over the globe? Do we not post pictures of our loved one?

    This one has so many questions and so few answers.

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