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courtesy of The Awareness Center Yahoogroupssee: http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/networkinggroups.html5 years after a national audience in Israel (including a prominent Jewish blogger, see below) watched a Kolbotek investigative report in which Dr. Yosef Zaider confessed on tape to child molestation, Dr. Yosef Zaider is finally brought to justice.5 years? Let's see how long the RCA takes with Rabbi Mordechai Tendler (we're at 1 year and counting).1)TV show host convicted of sexual assaultBy YAAKOV KATZJerusalem PostJan. 11, 2005http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1105418784458The Tel Aviv District Court on Tuesday convicted psychologist andformer television show host Dr. Yosef Zaider on three counts ofsexual assault.Zaider, according to the court decision, sexually assaulted four men who he had promised to train as sex therapists.The investigation against Zaider was launched five years ago after a patient of his complained he was raped by the psychologist. 2)Hard-hitting week for Israeli programmingby Allison Kaplan Sommer, Nahum AssisThe Jerusalem PostFebruary 4, 2000It was a big week for Israeli television. After all, this is acountry in which months, even years, can go by without theintroduction of any vaguely interesting new local programs.But by some miracle, two interesting new shows actually managed topremiere on the small screen here, one day after the other.The shows had completely different formats, but they did have twothings in common - they were hard-hitting and uncompromising, andeach had a veteran at the helm.The first program, Monday night on Channel 2, was actually areincarnation of an Israeli television classic: Kolbotek, featuringRafi Ginat. The original Kolbotek on Channel 1 was a tough consumer-expose program which mercilessly took evil merchants to task for cheating hapless customers. Ginat was supposed to bring his program back to its original home, but Israel Broadcasting Authority workers protested furiously at the import of Ginat's privately hired staff.So Ginat packed up and moved to Channel 2, where he was welcomed with open arms by concessionaire Reshet. It was a wise move for both parties.If investigative journalism is a target-shooting match, the firstKolbotek episode scored the equivalent of two bull's-eyes; theprogram contained no innuendos of wrongdoing, but supplied clearproof. In both of its segments the culprits were caught on tape.Ginat might have provided a warning to viewers, however. It was not a good idea to watch the program while eating dinner, since both segments were quite stomach- churning. I seriously pitied anyone who might have dined on fish that day then watched the first half of the show, in which hidden cameras exposed some pretty stinky goings-on at Jaffa's open fish market.First the program's producers bought fish at the market, presumablybought right off a quaint little fishing boat - and took the fishdirectly to a lab to examine it.A solemn scientist immediately proclaimed that each and every fishbrought to him was several days old, usually rotting, and had oftenbeen frozen and then defrosted. His comments were illustrated byclose-ups of the rotten fish.Those selling the fish covered up the foul smell, the programexplained, by constantly dumping fresh seawater over their wares.Presumably it is the job of Tel Aviv city inspectors to check outmerchandise and protect the consumers. The Kolbotek cameras caughtsome inspectors strolling through the market, subtly pointing at some fish and getting the merchants to fill up a tub for them to take home. No fish was inspected and no reports were made.That might have been enough for a decent television story, followedas it was by the Tel Aviv city manager declaring that the behavior of the inspectors appeared "unusual" and that the matter would beinvestigated.But Ginat went the extra mile. He brought the hidden cameras back to the market after he had gotten the municipality's reaction, andpicked up some great footage.First, the fishmongers had apparently been warned that the inspectors would show up at a certain time and rushed their products away, throwing the fish into boats. When the inspectors demanded to see their wares, the sellers became infuriated and even attacked them physically.Then the cameras caught one inspector calming down an angry merchant by saying: "Don't worry, the higher-ups are going to be uptight about this for just a couple of weeks. I promise everything will then go back to normal."The city manager had obviously not anticipated this follow-up. Hisface looked as if he had eaten some of that bad fish.THE NEXT segment was also about consumers - of mental- health careand advice. In a story that made headlines in that day's newspapers, Kolbotek uncovered the sexual abuse of clients by Dr. Yossi Zaider, a well-known therapist.The story followed a troubled young boy whom Zaider said he wouldtrain to be a surrogate for sex therapy; the so-called "training"involved contact between the boy and the therapist.Again, Ginat removed any shadow of doubt from the story by airing atape recording of a telephone call between Zaider and the boy inwhich Zaider completely incriminated himself.It was an important, frightening, searing account, pointing out thedegree to which mental-health care goes unregulated in this country.There was a lot of talk this week about the new and improved Kolbotek giving a competitive shot in the arm to Ilana Dayan's Fact, which has evolved from an investigative show into more of a general magazine format. A little competition can only help everyone, especially the viewers....Comments, reaction, and feedback to "Channel Surfing" can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.orgChannel SurfingPhoto; Caption: Rafi Ginat's first 'Kolbotek' episode on Channel 2scored the equivalent of two bull's-eyes.
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