Rightist Web Site Lists Personal Details of Leftist Protesters

Details include head shots of the activists, their phone numbers, e-mails, full addresses and pictures of their homes.

A right-wing Web site has posted a list with personal details of organizers of the left-wing protests in Sheikh Jarrah.

The details, which have been up for a week, include head shots of the activists, their phone numbers, e-mails, full addresses and pictures of their homes.

The authors of the list accompany each entry with insults, such as "anti-Semites," "scum" and "dogs."

Although the text is preceded with a disclaimer saying the list is published only to inform the public and does not constitute an insinuation to carry out any legal or illegal acts against them, readers of the Web sites say they feel they are encouraged to hurt the activists.

Commentators on the forum where the list was published accused the activists of treason and called for them to be beheaded, bombed or knee-capped.

Just hours before the list went online, graffiti was sprayed on the house of the father of Sahar Vardi, one of the leading activists of the Sheikh Jarrah protests. Since the list was published, many of Vardi's friends have received phone threats.

The activists targeted by the list filed a complaint to the police, but no action was taken, and as of last night, the Web site was operating normally.

Jerusalem police told Haaretz the matter was still being examined by the investigative department and no decision had been made as of yet. Sources at the Justice Ministry, which is normally tasked with ordering an investigation and filing charges, said that investigations involving freedom of expression are pursued only in the most extreme cases.

The state prosecution has a policy of filing as few indictments as possible against such perceived offenses. According to the prosecution's own statistics, 1,260 cases have been opened over freedom of expression issues, including incitement to violence and racism, sedition, sedition to absconding from the army draft, insulting a public official and offending religious sentiments.

Haaretz made an editorial decision not to publicize the name of the Web site, which publishes texts that can be interpreted as inciting to violence and racism. The chief operator of the site, who lives in the United States, has claimed he was a former Kach activist and a close associate of Rabbi Meir Kahane.

Kach has been designated as a terror organization by Israel, Canada, the European Union and the United States.