VT adds a Lutheran IDF officer to our eclectic band of brothers
Why would a little country like Israel be threatening an IDF veteran who has left the country?
We are pleased to announce that Roi Tov has accepted our offer to be our new Chief of the Israel Desk, replacing Uri Avnery who will continue submitting material.
VT is the conscience of the intelligence and military special operations community. VT staffers and hundreds of unnamed “affiliates” may well represent the last real hope for justice and accountability.
For a peace loving group, VT includes some of the most wiley and dangerous people on this planet. Roi Tov is welcomed as a refugee outcast, someone who we have learned to admire for his courage and values. I hope we are being very clear here?
While not all of our writers and correspondents are intelligence officers and military veterans we do keep a look out for them. Roi’s last rank in the IDF reserve was captain before a religious, ideological and personal epiphany caused him to cross over the river, or the big pond in his case.
Many of our readers will know him from his long blog and the series of books he has written as a refugee in exile, which has been a long lonely road with many bumps along the way.
Roi Tov has been subject to assassination attempts by the security forces of Israel. His crime, as they see it, is his willingness, as an IDF officer, to say “no more ethnic cleansing, no more atrocities, no more murdered children.
In return, Israel has openly solicited his murder. Whoever thought that cutting his throat would send a message, it did, but not the one they were thinking of I am sure.
The Mossad has been hunting him, and is particularly effective in South American country where some people will do you in for a dollar. The Bolivian government seems to have participated, also, to the personal shame of those involved.
I had posted an article by him recently, one of my duet magazine pieces with a Youtube audio interview, the first time I had actually ever heard him. Because the interview was done here in the states and had a March 2012 posting date I had assumed that he had obviously gotten out of Bolivia.
Commenters on the article quickly pointed out that it was a 2006 interview that had been stashed away for all these years and that he was stuck back down in Bolivia in a very hostile environment. I guess that is not a good way to describe having your throat cut for speaking out on some of the many unpleasantries visited upon the Palestinian people by their new Zionist neighbors.
At VT we frown on cutting the throats of journalists.
Roi Tov is no longer a lone wolf, as we are not.
Threat elimination is one of the ABC’s of counter-terrorism work, the “day jobs” of most at VT. There are a lot of people who have worked in that field over that last ten years.
We will be doing a few introductory articles to bring our readers unfamilar with his saga up to date on it. The process will also provide some insight about what we are doing here, with whom, for whom and to whom. I won’t say we don’t cut throats here…of those who deserve it, but we are polite enough to use a keyboard.
Editing: Jim W. DeanOld Jerusalem