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Sunday, July 06, 2008

"Mem" requested the gag order to remove his name from the media

It turns out that "Mem," the off-duty soldier from the elite IDF combat unit who killed the Jerusalem bulldozer terrorist last Wednesday, was the person behind the belated request that his name not be used in the media after the attack (Hat Tip: Shy Guy).
One of the first phone calls made by the soldier in the Egoz unit who ultimately killed Duwiyat - after he was wounded by a policewoman - was to the soldier's brother-in-law, David Shapira - the army officer that killed the terrorist who infiltrated Merkaz Harav. Shapira, now an officer in the Paratroops Brigade, was in the midst of an exercise in the Golan Heights this week. At the same time, an initial report about the attack in Jerusalem was passed along the chain of command, from Egoz to the Golani Brigade and onward. "That's the Egoz mentality," said one senior officer. "They're taught to be that way from their first week of basic training." And it was, in fact, such a soldier, who had just completed his basic training and was on his first regular furlough, who knew how to establish contact, storm the terrorist and finally end the rampage, although a large number of older police officers were also around.

Shapira had one piece of advice for his brother-in-law: "Stay away from reporters." The Egoz soldier followed these orders. He wrote a brief description of the event, read it into the Israel Defense Forces spokesperson's tape recorder, and avoided any further contact (which didn't stop some media outlets from presenting his comments as if made in an interview). Later, just to be certain, the soldier requested a gag order be put on his name and his photo, although they had already appeared extensively in Israel and abroad following the attack.
It's curious that no one seems to have any problem with his brother-in-law's name being used.


At 1:32 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Every one in Israel knows "Mem" 's real identity. Its not exactly a state secret and its too late to close the barn doors. The horse already bolted it. I wonder why he put up the request. I think that's less about him than standing by his comrades and he's not particular concerned with fame or hogging the spotlight for glory. It speaks well of him - gag order or not.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

This guy is a real hero with or without his name published, Mem, bet or whatever, he deserves a medal or whatever the highest award in Israel is


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