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Joseph Zernik, PhD

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14-04-10 Rotem v Smat et al (1233/08) petition in the High Court of Justice –
Online Records

Rafi Rotem, Israeli Tax Authority whistleblower
General
Rafi Rotem was a senior investigation officer in the Israeli Tax Authority.
Around 2002 he turned into a whistleblower, relative to very large waivers of taxes, or
decisions not to investigate major tax frauds by crime families and tycoons.
The case involved, for example, a suspected murder of an informer, shortly after the
informer sought to enter protective custody (but was denied). The death was claimed by
police to be suicide and was buried with no further investigation, although the body
showed evidence of torture (puled out finger nails, etc).
Rafi Rotem was eventually dismissed, and suffered serious retaliation.
Rafi Rotem continues to this date his struggle for investigation of corruption in the Israeli
Tax Authority, for Protective Order by the Israeli State Ombudsman, and for
remuneration.
His case generated substantial media attention in Israel, and became a hallmark of the
inability of government in general, and the justice system in particular to address
evidence of corruption, and the failure to provide adequate protection for whistleblower.
It has also become a flag case of the Israeli Social Protest movement in later years.
In the High Court of Justice
In the 2008 petition to the High Court of Justice he named as Respondents Judge Vardah
Smat – Tel Aviv Labor Court; the National Labor Court, the Ministry of Treasury, and
the State Ombudsman.
His petition was rejected.

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The “General Details” screen states the “Mode of Closure” as “Reading of Judgment
during Hearing”. However, the “Hearings” screen, and separately, the general Calendar
of the Court show no hearing in this case.
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Document
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08-03-03 Judgment
08-04-06 Decision on Request for Clarification

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1) Index listing

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2) “General Details”

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3) Parties

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4) Related Cases

“No records were found.”

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5) Lower Court Case

“No records were found.”

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6) Hearings

“No records were found.”

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7) “Events”

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‫‪Events:‬‬
‫יוזם‬
‫רפי רותם‬
‫רפי רותם‬

‫תאריך‬
‫‪07/02/08‬‬
‫‪07/02/08‬‬
‫‪08/02/08‬‬
‫‪03/03/08‬‬
‫‪04/03/08‬‬
‫‪04/03/08‬‬
‫‪06/04/08‬‬
‫‪08/04/08‬‬
‫‪08/04/08‬‬

‫ארוע משני‬
‫שולמה אגרה‬
‫נחתמה התחיבות‬
‫הוגשה הודעה‬
‫ניתן פסק דין‬
‫החלטה נשלחה לצדדים‬
‫החלטה נשלחה לצדדים‬
‫שחרור החלטה‬
‫החלטה נשלחה לצדדים‬
‫החלטה נשלחה לצדדים‬

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‫ארוע ראשי‬
‫אגרה‬
‫התחיבות להמצאה‬
‫הוגשה הודעה‬
‫פסק דין‬
‫פסק דין‬
‫פסק דין‬
‫החלטה‬
‫החלטה‬
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8) Certificates of Delivery

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9) Requests

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10) Decisions

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