August 29, 2006
By Yossi Melman
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is urging the United States government to disconnect an Iranian news site from American Internet servers, charging that the site has ties to terrorist organizations. The allegation is based on a report published by Haaretz last month.
According to the Haaretz report, the site, Baztab, published details about a month ago of what it termed “an interrogation” of the two Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah on July 12. Baztab’s report claimed that the soldiers had admitted that Israel planned a military attack on Hezbollah in September or October, and the kidnapping had foiled this plan.
Based on this report and other information published on the site, AIPAC concluded that Baztab, which is supported by an American server, has ties with a terrorist organization. It therefore asked the U.S. Treasury Department to order the site shut down.