Recently i blogged about the pending law for internet censorship in Israel. Gladly, I am not alone arguing against it. There is a lot of buzz in the blogosphere against this law proposal. You can the see many banners (like those i am using here) and numerous blog posts calling to reject it. I personally joined the protest and contact all the MKs who supported the law in preliminary reading.
Here are their names (in HE alphabetical order :) :
I sent an email to each one of them arguing against the absurd of this proposal. It is particularly disappointing to see names of people who can be potential Prime Minister and who ran for Presidency of the State, supporting this law. If people holding views that support total censorship of the internet and monitoring of the citizens are running for those high positions with actual chances to win, i am worried about the future of Israel.
So far (it’s been over 2 weeks since i sent the emails), I got two responses. The first one was from MK Gidon Saar. He wrote that he does not intend to support the law in its current form in the future and that he continues studying the topic. I would like to hope that it is a positive sign, even though Saar’s reply leaves him all the room in the world to change his opinion and remain apparently consistent. We’ll see. The fact that Saar personally responded already speaks in my eyes in his favor.
The other response was sad and funny at the same time. It came from an assistant of MK Galantee. She wrote that she is surprised to hear that the MK supported that law because he is actually against the censorship of internet. But it didn’t stop there. She tried to explain the inconsistency by suggesting that there might have been a technical malfunction in the Knesset, or (I hope you are sitting) the MK made a mistake while voting(!!!). Telling the truth, after a reply like that I am actually more worried for i was convinced that voting is a heavy enough responsibility for MKs actually to pay attention to what they are voting for.
Ironically, it seems like the only thing left in this situation is to pray :) To pray for MKs being more responsible and to study the subject before they are making a decision. But on a bit more serious note, i would like to urge you to discuss the topic, blog about it, email the MKs, etc. I am worried that the web-monitoring law proposal and the recent law (EN1, EN2) proposals against gay parades are two sides of the same coin. I will probably continue blogging about it.
Comments and reflections are more than welcome :)
Originally from: http://effifuks.blogli.co.il/archives/296