In Israel, Freedom of Information Comes at a Price

An NGO's effort to learn about the government's treatment of Palestinian families in Jerusalem involved months of foot-dragging and a NIS 2,000 bill.

If it often seems that official spokesmen are making a mockery of us journalists when they reply in one noncommittal sentence, lacking any information, now comes the request by Hamoked -  Center for the Defense of the Individual to receive information about family reunification in East Jerusalem, to show that there are several ways for government offices to exhibit mockery. For example: to demand an...