An Israeli publisher has been cleared out from the clearing house of news publishers that help promote the Israel-Palestine peace process.
The Publishers Committee of Israel (PCI) said it is taking disciplinary action against the publisher of a popular Israeli newspaper that it said published anti-Israel articles.
The decision came after the committee said in a statement Monday that the publisher, Shomron Media, “had violated the publisher’s duty to refrain from incitement to violence and defamation of the state of Israel.”
“This has been a breach of the publisher and the responsibility to safeguard its reputation,” the committee added.”PCI will act upon the complaint, and we will take appropriate disciplinary measures.”
The PCI said that Shomrans articles “were published without the publisher´s consent, or with the approval of a party with the power to act on behalf of the editor and publisher.”
In a statement, Shoshana Shomrons family said, “Shomron was forced to resign after an internal investigation found that his articles contained racist, anti-Semitic and antisemitic material.
Shomroons articles, including articles on the Jewish people, were published without his knowledge or permission.
This is a clear violation of the law, and PCI will investigate further.”
A spokesperson for Shomran Media did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Shomrons father, Omer Shomros, told Haaretz that his family was “shocked” by the committee’s decision, adding that “we are deeply saddened” and are “ready to appeal the decision.”
“The decision is based on the fact that the information on which it is based is false,” Shomrs father said.
“It’s a travesty of justice and justice for a country that is a victim of war crimes.”
The committee’s statement added that the committee was “deeply troubled by the content of the articles” and “concerned about the possibility that the articles were written by individuals who were in close contact with [Shomrans] family members.”
The publishers committee said that the investigation uncovered “a pattern of anti-Israeli and anti-Palestinian bias and anti-[Israel] hatred.””PCIs investigation of these incidents and the subsequent closure of Shomrazes offices shows that the actions taken were based on a political agenda that was in conflict with the interests of the PCI, and that were not the actions of a neutral party,” it added.
Shomeros family members did not respond to requests for comment Monday.
Shomsar, the founder of the Palestinian Media Center, was convicted in 2011 of spying for Israel and sentenced to five years in prison.
Shoman was found guilty in a 2014 indictment for “violating the publisher duty of neutrality” by publishing “hate propaganda” and inciting violence.PCI spokesman Avi Gav, a political scientist at Bar-Ilan University, said that “the committee did not see that as a crime, and the decision was based on what the committee believed.”
He said that, for instance, the committee found that the newspaper published articles that were “racist, anti-” and “anti-Semitic” against Palestinians.
“The committee was trying to protect the reputation of the publishers and Shomras family,” Gav said.
“We have seen that [Shomoars] father was pressured to resign, that he was threatened and that his office was raided and his personal belongings were taken.”
Shomrods father said that his son is “going to appeal to the Israeli justice system and to the European Union” to have his case brought to a European court.
Shomon has published articles on issues such as the treatment of Palestinians in Israel, the Palestinians’ lack of political representation in the Israeli parliament and the Gaza war, and Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.