June 26 - I Must Explain.
Hello my wonderful correspondents;
I've had WAY too many complaints about my previous posting; remember,
the one with the long indictment against Peres by a Cambridge legal
organization? I thought I made it clear that I viewed the document more
humorously than anything else. The joke was that the British elite couldn't
care less about left/right, Sharon or Peres, they just plain hate Israel. I
didn't think any one would take their contorted brief seriously, but people
did. And people even thought I wrote it.
Of course, I didn't. I was exposing the British elite's mentality
towards Israel through it. But I guess I just didn't make my point well.
Okay, I'm sorry to all who misunderstood my intentions. There is a plus
side to all this; it seems a lot of far leftists read the brief and it has
deeply tarnished Peres' image in their eyes.
I can only make it up to you my usual way; with a balancing article.
This time it's NOT by me. It's by the respected novelist and commentator
Gary Showalter. Allow me to stress, this time, no mixups, I am not
responsible for its contents. But unlike last time, I DO support them.
And as long as we're here, why don't we update the information that
has come in this week;
- The Versailles Ballroom Collapse: After a month, no commission of
inquiry has been formed. The families of the victims are shouting coverup.
On the day of the memorial ceremony for the dead wedding party, a roof
collapsed in an Ashkelon school. This time, the building was almost empty
but the timing of the potential disaster was eery. Why? Because the
Versailles collapse makes no engineering sense. This was not an entire
building which gave way to pressure, only the central floor caved in on the
fourth level. So why didn't the floor on the third level stop the falling
people and debris? Or why not the 2nd storey floor, or even the first? Why
did everything and everyone fall to the very foundations of the building?
The authorities are blaming the Pal-Cal flooring system when it has never
collapsed before. But that excuse is crumbling as fast as the dance hall
floor in the wake of one question: one floor may collapse under the weight
of the wedding guests but how do FOUR floors give in one after another?
Unless there is a logical engineering answer to be found, the issue of
sabotage is going to take over.
- The story of the Shabak's closing of the Haredi newspaper Kol Ha'ir
before it was to publish the names of two of Rabin's murdered bodyguards
continues to expand. Previous to the closure, one Amnon Noibach visited the
publisher and warned him to lay off Peres. The publisher, Asher Zuckerman
refused and the paper's backer was mortally threatened. He backed out of
his commitments and Kol Hashavuah closed down for a month.
During that time, Noibach, whose daughter is Israel Channel One news
reporter Karen Noibach, raised over a million dollars to found a rival,
less politically dangerous haredi newspaper, Mishpacha. To buy his silence
over his filming of Shabak inciter Avishai Raviv's criminal activities, a
policeman, Yehuda Miller, was given an enjoyable job as the new paper's
- A very interesting response to my recent posting about Avraham
Burg's trip to Washington and the anticipated CFR funds about to come his
way to make a run for top office: The informant reports, "When Burg was
head of the Jewish Agency, a frightening policy change took place: the
Russian offices eliminated scrutiny and permitted anybody who applied to
immigrate to Israel to move there. We didn't understand what he was doing
letting in organized crime, white slavers, and alcoholics who had no Jewish
ties at all. Some of the immigrants were real Jew haters. Now we believe
his policy was purposeful and its intent was to dilute the Jewish character
of Israel through mass immigration of very shady gentiles."
- I'm being harassed and it's heating up. Two months ago, the Income
Tax Authority placed liens on my house and car, claiming I owed $80,000 in
back taxes. At great expense, I hired an accountant who found serious
discrepancies and pleaded my case to them. They eliminated the principle
but insist that I pay fines totally $3,500. The fight goes on. Yesterday I
had two more injustices thrown at me. The City Of Jerusalem sent a
messenger, whom my wife insists tried to sneak into the house, with a note
threatening to cut off my water and abscond with my property unless I pay a
bill on a property I sold in 1990. That's right, eleven years ago. Of
course I could not legally have sold the property unless all bills to the
municipality were paid off in the first place. One clerk told me by phone
that she'd never seen anything like this before. She added that if I was
being billed after eleven years, then someone had to look specifically for
me deep in the city computers.
And the same day, my server Netvision sent a registered letter
saying I would be cut off if it received one more letter of complaint
against me. I already went through this whole thing with them last year.
The nature of my work guarantees that there are going to be people who
don't like it. A cutoff would be an act of political repression. no matter
how many company regulations justify it.
So, if your mail is returned, Netvision did its worst. My emergency address
will be email@example.com. Wouldn't it be nice when that day arrives if
Netvision lost lots of customers in protest?
So for those who seek ulterior motives in my work, ask them if they
would accept so much harassment in theirs.
Thanks for your patience. Here's the balancing Peres piece promised to you.
Please forgive me for any misunderstandings surrounding my previous sendout.
"The Most Dangerous Man in the Middle East"
26 June 2001
As of June 20th 01, Shimon Peres, and not Ariel Sharon, controls the
"kitchen cabinet" of Ariel Sharon's government. This is the group that
decides how and when Israel reacts to attacks by Arafat's terrorists. Note
this well Shimon Peres now has veto power over Ariel Sharon.
In 1990, Peres pulled his original "dirty trick", when he schemed with the
haredi parties to destroy the unity government of Yitzhak Shamir.
Secret negotiations held in Oslo between members of the PLO and of the
Israeli government (Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas) led to a mutual
recognition in September 1993. Due to the agreements reached there, in
secret and without the knowledge of Yitzhak Rabin, Peres was able to
replace the decisions made in Madrid with the de facto agreements made in
Oslo. With this dirty trick, Shimon Peres damned the people of Israel
(both Arabs and Jews) with the presence of Yasser Arafat and his murderous
During the bloody years since the signing of the Oslo Agreement, Shimon
Peres has traveled the world to raise money for the PA. Through his Shimon
Peres Center for Peace, he was worked to develop the infrastructure of the
PA, to bring in industry and investment money into the PA.
Time and again, Shimon Peres has forced the government of Israel and the
Israeli media to avoid any statements that would reflect badly on Yasser
Arafat, since it would not look good to embarrass our "partner for peace".
It has been the policy of both the Barak and the Sharon governments that
there will be no "international observer force" deployed in the West Bank
and Gaza. Yet, on November 9, 00, Mabat on Channel One reported that Ehud
Barak believed that Shimon Peres was behind these proposals. On June 12th
of this year, the IDF radio reported that Shimon Peres worked with the EU
to put just such an observer force in place. Needless to say, the Sharon
government was furious with this, and the force has since been removed.
It is the stated policy of Ariel Sharon that there will be no negotiations
with the PA while under fire, and yet that is exactly what Peres is
working toward, in cooperation with the EU.
The above represents a short list of the machinations of Shimon Peres.
This man, who has never been elected to any position in the national
government, has once again managed to maneuver himself into a position of
power contrary to the will of the people of Israel. The people of Israel
specifically voted against a Peres-led government when it voted in the
last national elections. Yet, that is exactly what we have today.
Shimon Peres, has dedicated his life to building the State of Palestine
for Yasser Arafat. He has worked diligently to ensure that Arafat has the
political and financial support of the nations of the world. He has worked
to suppress anti-Arafat reporting, and to suppress resistance to his
policies by the people of Israel. This man is once again in control of the
government of Israel.
Shimon Peres, more than any other, is today the most dangerous man in the
Middle East. He has brought Yasser Arafat and his murder gangs within the
borders of the State of Israel, and all that has happened since has
brought the entire region to the verge of war. All of the warnings of the
"Lebanonization of Israel" by military experts since before the Madrid
Conference, studiously ignored by the left-wing press in Israel, have now
come true. The non-stop bloody murder of Israelis (and the pillaging and
murdering of the Arab population at the hands of Arafat's many militias)
since the signing of the Oslo Agreement can, and should be, laid at the
feet of Shimon Peres, and no other.
Every demonstration, every article, every political event, every contact
with any Member of Knesset from now on should focus on this man and his
deadly policies, with the stated goal of forcing him out of political
life. Such a stench must be raised that the Labor Party will have no
choice but to disassociate itself from this man.
Ariel Sharon must be forced to go to the Labor Party and demand a
replacement for Shimon Peres in his government. This will only happen if
the people of the State of Israel make its voice heard in very angry
protest against the presence of this man in the Sharon government.
I ask you to keep in mind these words from the personal diary of Moshe
Sharett, a former Prime Minister of Israel: "I have stated that I totally
and utterly reject [Shimon] Peres and consider his rise to prominence a
malignant, immoral disgrace. I will rend my clothes in mourning for the
State if I see him become a minister in the Israeli government."
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June 21 - You Just Gotta See This.
Everyone, you just gotta see this. If you think the British only pick on
Ariel Sharon, SURPRISE!!!!! If you felt the BBC should have compiled a
program on Yasir Arafat's war crimes to be balanced...SURPRISE. The British
went after the next best thing, Shimon Peres' alleged war crimes.
What a world we live in. This past weekend the Israeli press openly asked
why Peres is advancing Carmi Gillon's career once again by appointing him
Danish Ambassador. Even Haaretz's Tom Segev asked why the man who was
behind the Rabin murder "snafu" is being rewarded time after time by Peres.
Poor Tom just hasn't caught on yet!!!
The best article was by Adir Zik in Hatsofe. Noting that the Danes are
protesting Gillon's appointment because of the torture of Palestinians
while he was head of the Shabak, Zir noted, "Danes are Danes and they have
only one way of seeing the world. But we are Jews and Israelis and we know
there is much more to this Gordian knot between Peres and Gillon and it is
the truth of the Rabin assassination."
Now look how this twisted European mentality works with Peres. Although
Gillon's name is not specifically mentioned in the following report, you'll
Now, we Jews are learning in ugly detail who Peres really is. Hebron
community leader David Wilder heard an appalling piece of evidence on a
radio interview with the writer Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch. Even before the
Oslo Accord was even thought of, a journalist Rabinovitch knows asked Peres
how he would deal with the Jews of Judea, Samaria and Gaza if he regained
power. He replied, "I wouldn't have to deal with them using my policy. Half
will have fled their homes and the other half would be dead."
That is the Peres we have come to know. The Peres/Gillon act we know
knocked off Yitzhak Rabin in cold blood. And the Danes think they have a
problem with Gillon because he was too tough on Arabs. At least they're all
alive today, which is more than we can say about the hundreds of Jews dead
in the wake of Peres' "peace" diplomacy.
Now for those of you furious at the BBC for its blatant anti-semitism in
its one-sided attack on Sharon's military past, have we got a treat for
you!! Look what preceded the show by a few years and may have well been its
Ladies and gentlemen, for your reading pleasure; The Crimes Of Shimon Peres.
Enjoy. - Barry Chamish
Movement for the Advancement of International Criminal Law
The Movement for the Advancement of International Criminal Law (MAICL) was
set up by international lawyers in Cambridge, UK, in 1998 to work to bring
State leaders and officials who have committed unlawful acts of violence
against the human person to justice in a court of law.
SUMMARY OF ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MR SHIMON PERES
On Sunday, January 24, 1998, Cambridge will be visited by Mr Shimon Peres,
who is to attend a political meeting in Robinson College, Grange Road, at
3p.m. Mr Peres (original name: Shimon Perski, born 16 August 1923 in
Wolozyn, Poland) has held the positions of Defence Minister, Foreign
Minister, Finance Minister and Prime Minister of the State of Israel. He
held the position of Foreign Minister most recently from 13 July 1992 until
4 November 1995; and the position of Prime Minister from 1984 until 1986,
and then again from November 1995 until 29 May 1996. He currently holds no
political office. Mr Peres has committed unambiguous violations of the
Geneva Conventions Act 1957, the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and the Taking
of Hostages Act 1982. These are all indictable offences in English law. In
each case, the place of commission of the relevant act, the nationality of
the victims, and the nationality and status of the perpetrator are of no
consequence in English courts. Indeed, as these are all crimes against
international law, Her Majesty's Government has the international
obligation aut dedere aut judicare; that is, to try or to extradite. As
there are no requests to the UK for extradition, Mr Peres must be tried
within this country. Therefore Mr Peres must be arrested as soon as he
enters into the jurisdictional area.
2. THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS ACT 1957
The Geneva Conventions Act 1957 states:
"1(1) Any person, whatever his nationality, who, whether in or outside the
United Kingdom, commits, or aids, abets or procures the commission by any
other person of, any such grave breach of any of the scheduled conventions
as is referred to in the following articles respectively of those
conventions, that is to say -
.... (d) article 147 of the convention set out in the Fourth Schedule to
this Act, shall be guilty of felony and on conviction thereof -
(i) in the case of such a grave breach as aforesaid involving the wilful
killing of a person protected by the convention in question, shall be
sentenced to imprisonment for life."
Article 147 of the Fourth Schedule to this Act (which is the Fourth Geneva
Convention of 1949 Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time
of War) states:
"Grave breaches to which the preceding Article relates shall be those
involving any of the following acts, if committed against persons or
property protected by the present Convention: wilful killing, torture or
inhuman treatment, including biological experiments, wilfully causing great
suffering or serious injury to body or health, unlawful deportation or
transfer or unlawful confinement of a protected person, compelling a
protected person to serve in the forces of a hostile Power, or wilfully
depriving a protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial
prescribed in the present Convention, taking of hostages and extensive
destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military
necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly."
The persons and property protected in this section of the convention are
defined in Article 4 of the Fourth Schedule to this Act, as:
"those who, at a given moment, and in any manner whatsoever, find
themselves, in case of a conflict or occupation, in the hands of a Party to
the conflict or Occupying Power of which they are not nationals."
It is internationally recognised that Israel is the Occupying Power in the
Gaza strip, to the south of Israel; in the West Bank, to the east of
Israel; in the Golan Heights, to the north-east of Israel; and in southern
Lebanon, to the north of Israel. It has been the Occupying Power in the
Gaza Strip, West Bank and Golan Heights since June 1967; and has been the
Occupying Power in southern Lebanon since the period 1978-1982 (the exact
date of the commencement of the occupation is a matter of some contention).
This situation is continually reaffirmed by the General Assembly of the
United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and by almost
every single government in the world, including Her Majesty's Government of
the United Kingdom. UK ministers continue to refer to the West Bank and
Gaza strip as the "Occupied Territories", and have always supported
international resolutions which call for Israel's withdrawal from south
Lebanon. It follows that the Fourth Geneva Convention, and thus the Geneva
Conventions Act 1957, is applicable to acts within these regions, and that
the inhabitants of these regions - the Palestinians and certain Lebanese -
are protected persons. This position was stated explicitly by the United
Nations Security Council on 18 December 1992, in unanimously adopting
Security Council Resolution 799 (1992), which in paragraph 2:
"Reaffirms the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 12 August
1949 to all the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967,
including Jerusalem [...]"
[This resolution is reproduced in full as Item 1, annexed to this summary]
2.1. The Mass Deportation of December 1992
Resolution 799 (1992) was prompted by acts of the Israeli government which
are highly significant in assessing Mr Peres's compliance with the Geneva
Conventions Act. On 16 December 1992, after one Israeli soldier was killed,
1600 Palestinians were taken into custody by the Israeli army. According to
a plan drawn upon by the Israeli Cabinet in its meeting of 17 December
1992, 415 individuals were selected out of this number to be deported. The
Cabinet resolution stated that the deportees would be denied the right of a
prior hearing. Thus, without any form of judicial process, these
individuals were blindfolded, handcuffed, and put onto buses which drove
through Israel's northern border with Lebanon, into the area occupied by
Israel in southern Lebanon. The buses drove onto an uninhabited and
undeveloped hill to the north of Israel's occupied zone, near a checkpoint
named Marj al-Zahour. Here, the Palestinians were taken off the buses and
abandoned. The Israeli government announced that it would prevent these
individuals from returning into Israel or the Occupied Territories for a
period of three years (later reduced to 2 years), and would remain in a
state of exile until that period had expired. Israel did not provide any
materials or goods to these expelled individuals, who had to wait for the
Government of Lebanon to provide basic supplies as a humanitarian gesture.
Since the individuals were abandoned at a height of 1000 metres above sea
level in the middle of the winter, illness and suffering inevitably
resulted. [The facts of the situation, along with a copy of the Israeli
Cabinet resolution on the mass deportation, is contained in a report by the
Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.
The Centre's own summary of this report is appended, as Item 2]
The actions of the Government of Israel were condemned internationally. The
United Nations Security Council, in the above mentioned resolution, in
"affirms that deportation of civilians constitutes a contravention of its
[i.e., Israel's] obligations under the [Fourth Geneva] Convention".
In this resolution, the Security Council also stated:
"Having learned with deep concern that Israel, the occupying Power, in
contravention of its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention of
1949, deported to Lebanon on 17 December 1992, hundreds of Palestinian
civilians from the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including
Jerusalem" [third preambular paragraph]
"Strongly condemns the action taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to
deport hundreds of Palestinian civilians, and expresses its firm opposition
to any such deportation by Israel" [operative paragraph 1].
As noted above, this resolution was passed unanimously, thus securing the
support of Her Majesty's Government in identifying the actions of the
Government of Israel as a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Moreover
these actions constituted a "grave breach", because they fall within a
number of the categories of Article 147, quoted above, namely: wilfully
causing great suffering; serious injury to body or health; unlawful
deportation or transfer; unlawful confinement of a protected person;
wilfully depriving a protected person of the rights of fair and regular
trial prescribed in the present Convention.
Mr Shimon Peres was the Foreign Minister of Israel at the time of these
actions. As a core member of the Israeli Cabinet, he took part in the
issuing of the Cabinet resolution which sanctioned the deportation. As the
act of expulsion took place in a foreign country, Mr Peres in his role of
Foreign Minister, must have been directly involved in the decision-making
process resulting in the abandonment of the 415 protected persons. Indeed,
whilst Mr Peres was on an official visit to various European countries in
February the following year, he repeatedly attempted to justify the
expulsion of the 415 Palestinians despite the strenuous criticisms of many
European countries and intergovernmental institutions [see the two appended
articles from The Times, reprinted as Item 3].
2.2. The use of torture on protected persons
In the period 1992-1996, various forms of torture were practised upon
Palestinian detainees by the General Security Service of Israel (the GSS,
popularly known as Shin Bet or Shabak). The incidences and methods of
torture have been widely documented [see in particular the extensive
bibliography provided on page 9 of the Report of Amnesty International of
August 1996, annexed in full as Item 4]. Despite denials from the
Government of Israel, which refers to these practices as "moderate physical
pressure", the have been repeatedly identified as torture and condemned by
the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the United Nations Committee
against Torture. In April 1994, United Nations Committee against Torture
stated that the Israeli administration of the use of torture (the so-called
'Landau Commission Report'), "permitting as it does 'moderate physical
pressure'...is completely unacceptable to this Committee". It added that it
was "greatly concerned at the large number of heavily documented cases of
ill-treatment in custody that appear to be breaches of the Convention
including several cases resulting in death". The United Nations Special
Rapporteur on Torture stated in a letter dated 29 June 1994, "that he had
continued to receive information indicating that persons detained for
political reasons in the occupied territories were routinely subjected to
various forms of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment" [both quoted
in Item 4, p.6]. However, the practice of torture by the Israeli government
did not terminate with these criticisms; in fact, "exceptional
dispensation" to use increased pressure was allowed by the Israeli Cabinet
in October 1994, and the Ministerial Committee on the GSS ruled that
violent shaking could continue, despite a death of a Palestinian detainee
after violent shaking of his head and torso [Item 4, pp.1-2].
Through an analysis of testimonies, Amnesty International has identified
the following methods of torture in common use in Israel in 1995: hooding,
whereby a dirty and sometimes wet sack is placed over the head the detainee
for prolonged periods; position abuse, whereby the detainee is made to
stand or sit in painful positions for prolonged periods of time, often
accompanied by hooding; sleep deprivation for a period of up to five days;
food deprivation; beatings, including beating with cables, as well as
kicking and punching; threats of disablement; loud music [Amnesty
International Report of July 1995, appended as Item 6, page 8 with
additional information from pages 1, 6-7 and 9-11]. In reviewing the period
from 1993 to 1998, Amnesty International report that torture has become
entrenched as a regular part of the work of the General Security Service,
and estimates that: "probably at least 800 Palestinians suffer torture
every year" [Amnesty International Report of September 1998, appended as
Item 7, p.5].
The following cases have been cited by human rights organisations as
instances of torture in the period from July 1992 to November 1995, when Mr
Peres was Foreign Minister:
Nader Qumsieh was arrested on 3-4 May 1993, and subjected to several
sessions of torture in the Dhahariyyeh Detention Centre between the 7th and
the 11th of May. He was forced to kneel for long periods, with his hands
tied behind his back. He was repeatedly hit around the face, and on his
stomach, abdomen and genitalia. By 10 May, his genitalia were severely
swollen, and was taken to see a doctor [Item 4, p.5; Amnesty International
Report of 15 March 1994, appended as Item 5, p.10].
Bassem Tamimi, aged 26, was arrested on 9 November 1993. After being
violently shaken, he went into a coma for five days. He was released
without charge on 6 December 1993 [Item 4, p.5].
Hani Muzher, a student at Bir Zeit university, was arrested on 13 July
1994. He was interrogated continuously for a week, subjected to sleep
deprivation and shackled in painful positions. He was denied access to a
lawyer until 11 August 1994 [Item 4, p.4; Item 6, pp.8-9].
Hamed As'ad Hamed al-Kuni, a 17 year old high school student, was arrested
on 24 October 1994, and held in Nablus prison. He was continually hooded,
and kept in position abuse on a low chair with hands and legs tied for 120
hour periods. He was beaten on his back, testicles, penis and head. He was
prevented from going to the toilet, so that he had to relieve himself in
his clothes, which he was not allowed to change for 20 days [Item 6, pp.10-1].
Ziyadah al-Qawasmah, aged 19 and in his final year at high school, was
arrested on 13 November 1994. He was deprived of sleep for 6 days periods
during interrogation [Item 6, p.10].
Salem 'Ali, aged 31, was arrested on 29 January 1995, and interrogated for
a period of six weeks. He was subjected to violent shaking of his body,
sometimes knocking his body against the wall, and was beaten by his
interrogators. He was tied to a chair each night and deprived of sleep. He
was forced to kneel on his toes, and exposed to the intense cold and loud
music. He was not indicted or tried for any criminal offence [B'Tselem
report from June 1995, whose summary is appended as Item 8].
Musa Masharqeh, a 26 year old economics graduate, was arrested on 7 March
1995. He was subjected to prolonged sleep deprivation, being allowed to
sleep for only one or two hours out of every 48, and at weekends. He was
held in painful positions for long periods of time, usually seated in a
low, kindergarten chair. He was violently shaken several times, and
threatened with death or the rape of family members. He was held for a
period of 63 days [Item 4, pp.3 and 6].
Khaled Farraj, a student, was arrested on 12 March 1995. He was subjected
to prolonged sleep deprivation, whilst in position abuse. He was stretched
backwards over a chair, and made to squat on his toes whilst under
interrogation [Item 4, pp.3-4].
Ahmad Sa'id was arrested on 29 June 1995, and interrogated for a period of
130 days. He was made to stand, sit and squat in painful positions for up
to 20 hours a day. He was beaten, and threatened with mutilation. He was
subjected to sleep deprivation, once being denied to sleep for a period of
11 days [Item 6, pp.9-10].
The following cases have been cited by human rights organisations as
instances of torture in the period from November 1995 to May 1996, when Mr
Peres was Prime Minister:
Daher Muhammad Salah Abu Mayaleh was arrested on 15 February 1996, and held
at Ashkelon Prison. On 22 April 1996, he was violently shaken and was
unconscious for five hours. On being returned to interrogation, he
continued to be violently shaken for a further period of 30 days, and was
subjected to sleep deprivation [Item 4, pp.4-5].
'Abd al-Rahman 'Abd al-Ahmar was arrested on 15 February 1996, and
interrogated for 40 days at the Moscobiyyah Detention Centre in Jerusalem.
He was subjected to violent shaking, with his hands handcuffed behind his
back. He was forced to sit for long periods of time on a very small chair
[Item 4, p.3].
In none of these cases, did the Government of Israel take action against
the members of the GSS who directly committed the acts of torture, despite
international pressure to do so. The only similar case within this period
which triggered a Governmental response was the death of 'Abd al-Samad
Harizat on 22 April 1995 after violent shaking of the head and torso on
twelve occasions over a twelve hour period. The subsequent GSS disciplinary
hearing decided that the GSS member involved in the interrogation process
should be given a disciplinary warning, but could continue working with no
further sanction [Item 4, pp.6-7].
The General Security Service is supervised by the Cabinet Committee for GSS
Investigations, which in turn is subordinate to the Israeli Cabinet, which
appoints and dismisses members to the Cabinet Committee. The Cabinet
Committee is chaired by the Prime Minister [the structure of the Committee
is detailed in Item 7, p.5-6]. The Cabinet Committee draws up the
guidelines which members of the GSS use in interrogating detainees. Due to
the frequency with which the GSS resorts to torture, it seems to be a
legitimate inference that the Cabinet Committee, and thus the Cabinet as a
whole, sanctions the use of torture. Therefore, as a core member of the
Cabinet during the period from July 1992 until November 1995, Shimon Peres
can be considered to have abetted the uses of torture detailed above. As
Prime Minister from November 1995 until May 1996, he bears a much more
direct responsibility for the activities of the GSS, as he was chair of the
Cabinet Committee overseeing the GSS. In this period of time, he can be
considered to be aiding, abetting and procuring the commission by other
persons of the international offence of torture. Aiding, abetting and
procuring the commission by other persons of acts of torture of protected
persons constitute a violation of the Geneva Conventions Act 1957. Mr
Peres, therefore, has violated this Act.
2.3. 'Administrative detention': the denial of the right to a fair trial
and the taking of hostages
Administrative detention is a procedure under which detainees are held
without charge or trial, and no criminal charges are filed. Administrative
detention orders are issued by the Ministry of Defence for the Golan
Heights and East Jerusalem, and by the district military commander for the
rest of the Occupied Territories. These authorities are empowered to detain
individuals for periods of up to six months (extended to one year in
February 1995), and may extend detentions for an unlimited number of
additional six month periods. There is no limit on the cumulative length of
administrative detention. For this reason, some detainees are held for a
number of years, without every being charged or tried; in this way, some
protected persons from the West Bank and Gaza Strip remain in detention for
up to four years [see B'Tselem's report from May 1997, the official summary
of which is appended as Item 9]; and certain prisoners from Lebanon have
been held in administrative detention for 10 years [see the submission of
Human Rights Watch to the Human Rights Commission of 13 July 1998, appended
as Item 10, p.1].
Detainees are provided with no information as to why they are being
detained. Whilst there is an appeals process which detainees can utilise,
the review is limited to checking the legality of the reasons given for the
detention, and detainees are regularly denied access to virtually all the
evidence against them, as the evidence is presented to the court in camera.
Furthermore, there is no possibility for the defence lawyer to
cross-examine witnesses or even to inquire about their existence [Amnesty
International Report of April 1997, appended as Item 11, p.1].
In its report of April 1997, Amnesty International provide detailed case
histories of 15 Palestinians held in administrative detention for long
periods of time [Item 11, pp.3-10].
* Wissam Rafeedie, held in administrative detention from August 1994 until
time of publication. At his appeal hearing, the information on which his
detention was based was kept secret, and therefore his lawyer had no chance
to refute any of the prosecution's claims.
* Imad Sabi, held in administrative detention from December 1995 until
* Ahmad Qatamesh, the longest serving administrative detainee. He was
arrested in September 1992, and charged two months later. However, the
judge ruled that there was not enough evidence to convict him, and the
military authorities placed him under administrative detention instead. He
remained in administrative detention at the time of publication.
* 'Usama Jamil Isma'il Barham, held in administrative detention from
November 1993. His administrative detention order has been renewed 9 times.
* Khaled Dalayshah, held in administrative detention since 22 January 1992,
with a brief period of release in 1993-4.
* 'Abd al-Rahman al-Ahmar, arrested in November 1995, and held in
administrative detention from February 1996 until time of publication.
Where Palestinian prisoners are brought to trial by Israel, it is before a
system of military justice which operates throughout the Israeli-controlled
regions of the Occupied Territories. Amnesty International state that 6,200
Palestinians were brought before military courts during 1994, and many were
convicted on the basis of confessions and testimonies obtained under duress
[Item 6, p.1]. The detainee may be denied access to a lawyer for a period
of up to 90 days, in clear contravention of the Principle 7 of the United
Nations Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, which states that access
to a lawyer should be no later than 48 hours from time of arrest or
detention [Item 6, p.5]. Amnesty International notes that there appears to
be a presumption of guilt in these courts, rather than a presumption of
innocence [Item 7, pp.10-11].
Palestinian have thus been denied the rights of fair and regular trial, and
have been subjected to unlawful confinement. Whereas the Government of
Israel attempts to justify its actions by claiming that there is a state of
emergency warranting exceptional measures [e.g. in Item 11, p.2], the
Fourth Geneva Convention allows no such excuse. The right to a fair trial
is non-derogable right according to this Convention; moreover, a derogation
from this right is a grave breach of the Convention.
The continued holding of Palestinians in administrative detention, without
charge or trial, has been considered to constitute the taking of hostages
by some human rights groups; that is, to ensure that they are used as
"bargaining chips" in dealings with Palestinian groups [e.g., Item 10,
p.1]. Whereas this may be the case with Palestinian detainees, it is much
more clearly so with the Lebanese detainees. Israel has repeatedly
indicated its willingness to exchange these prisoners for Israel soldiers
who went missing in action in Lebanon during the 1980s.
Israel has held 21 Lebanese detainees in Israel, almost all captured during
the conflict in the 1980s, as administrative detainees [see the 1997 report
by Human Rights Watch, Without Status or Protection, the summary of which
is appended as Item 12]. In addition, Israel held during the 1992-96 period
approximately 130 Lebanese individuals in detention in the Khiam Detention
Centre in south Lebanon, in an area occupied by the Israeli army (the
Israel Defence Forces, IDF). Both these groups of people are protected
persons, in the sense of the Fourth Geneva Convention, as they "find
themselves, in case of a conflict or occupation, in the hands of a Party to
the conflict or Occupying Power of which they are not nationals" (Article 4
of the Fourth Geneva Convention), and are thus entitled to the rights laid
out in the Convention.
The denial of the protected persons' rights of fair and regular trial, and
their status as unlawfully detained follow from the nature of their
imprisonment, as administratively detained for the 21 Lebanese individuals
in Israel, and as detained without trial or charge at the Khiam Detention
Centre in Israeli-occupied south Lebanon [on detention without trial at
Khiam, see Amnesty International's report of July 1997 on Israel in south
Lebanon, appended as Item 13, pp.6-7]. In addition, these persons can be
considered as hostages. Israel's exchanges of its prisoners with the
remains and information about soldiers missing in action is well-documented
[see Item 12; Item 10, p.1; Item 13, pp.1-2, 5]. When Amnesty International
enquired about two of the Lebanese nationals held inside Israel, the then
Deputy Minister of Defence and prominent figure within the Peres-led Labour
party, Ori Orr, stated: "we will release them when we have more information
about Ron Arad [an Israeli airman captured in Lebanon]" [Item 13, p.1].
Similarly, a spokesperson for the Israel Defence Forces justified a
decision to prevent the mother of a Lebanese detainee from visiting her son
in an Israeli prison by stating: "The action was in line with Israeli army
policy involving any detainee who is linked in any way to the Ron Arad
affair. As long as there is no news of Ron Arad, there will be no meetings
with [Lebanese] detainees in Israel and no information about the detainees
will be released" [Item 13, p.5]. Both of these statements, indicating that
the Lebanese detainees were being used as hostages, were made in 1996
during the period when Shimon Peres was Prime Minister of Israel. There is
no reason to believe that they do not reflect the official government
policy of the time.
Shimon Peres bears direct responsibility for the actions of the Government
of Israel for the time in which he served as Prime Minister, from November
1995 until May 1996. In this period, protected persons continued to be
denied their rights to a fair trial, to be unlawfully confined, and to be
used as hostages. In fact, after a period in which the number of people
being held as administrative detainees declined prior to Mr Peres becoming
Prime Minister, the number of administrative detainees rose sharply in
February and March 1996 under Mr Peres's premiership, when at least 1,000
Palestinians were arrested by Israeli forces, and many of these were put
into administrative detention [Item 7, p.3; Item 11, p.2]. Due to these
actions, Mr Peres is responsible for grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva
Convention of 1949, and has thus committed an indictable offence under
2.4. 'Operation Grapes of Wrath'
On 11 April 1996, just over a month before the Israeli elections, Prime
Minister Shimon Peres ordered the launching of an air and artillery attack
upon Lebanon, which came to be known by its Israeli name, 'Operation Grapes
of Wrath'. The attack, which targeted sites in the Lebanese capital,
Beirut, as well as throughout the country, lasted for 17 days. At least 154
civilians were killed in Lebanon due to this bombardment [the list of names
is appended as Item 14], the majority in a single incident, when Israel
shelled the UN Compound at Qana in which refugees from the fighting had
Many of the people killed in the bombardment were protected persons, under
the definition of Article 4 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, as
they found themselves "in case of a conflict [...] in the hands of a Party
to the conflict [...] of which they are not nationals". Since Israel had
control over a large part of the airspace over Lebanese territory and over
the coastline which forms Lebanon's western border, and given that Israel
had advised residents of southern Lebanon to evacuate northwards given that
the Israeli forces would be acting within that territory [Amnesty
International's report on Operation Grapes of Wrath, July 1996, appended as
Item 15, pp.3, 5], the people left within southern Lebanon can be
considered to be protected persons.
A grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 occurs when acts of
wilful killing and extensive destruction of property, not justified by
military necessity, are committed. Three particular acts of the Israeli
Defence Forces fall within this category. Firstly, an IDF helicopter
rocketed a vehicle carrying 13 civilians fleeing the village of al-Mansuri
on 13 April 1996. This attack killed two women and four girls. The vehicle
was clearly designated as an ambulance, with the appropriate lights, siren
and markings on the hood and sides of the vehicle. UN soldiers and
eye-witnesses report no evidence of any military equipment in the car, and
video footage taken at the scene gives no justification to Israel's
subsequent claim that the vehicle was a legitimate military target [the
factual evidence is presented in Item 15, pp.6-7].
The second clear case of a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention was
the attack on 18 April 1996 on a house in Upper Nabatiyya, just north of
Israel's occupied zone. In this attack, seven children, including a three
day old baby, one teenager, and one woman were killed. Shimon Peres
indicated that the IDF was acting on the assumption that all civilians had
left this area. As Amnesty International note in their report on this
attack, the house was clearly a civilian object, and was deliberately
targeted as could be seen from the directness of the multiple attack by
warplanes. The assumption that civilians had left this area could thus be
no excuse for targeting a civilian house [Item 15, pp.7-8].
The third clear case of a grave breach was the attack on the compound of
the Fijian battalion of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon at
Qana, which resulted in the loss of 102 lives. 800 civilians were inside
the UN compound at the time, and many of them were wounded. Whilst the
Government of Israel claimed that the UN compound was hit by mistake, the
evidence points in the other direction. The United Nations mission to
Lebanon, headed by Major-General Franklin Van Kappen, stated as his
"While the possibility cannot be ruled out completely, it is unlikely that
the shelling of the United Nations compound was the result of gross
technical and/or procedural errors." [UN's Report on Israel's bombing of
the United Nations compound, appended as Item 16, p.4].
This conclusion is drawn for a number of reasons, laid out in paragraph 13
of the report. Probably the most significant reason is that two Israeli
helicopters and an airborne remotely piloted vehicle (a reconnaissance
'drone') were present at the time of the bombing, and would have observed
that the bombardment was directly hitting the UN compound. Even if the IDF
did not know that 800 Lebanese civilians were sheltering in the compound,
the attack would constitute a clear breach of the laws of war in directly
or indiscriminately targeting civilians. However, it is highly likely that
the IDF did know that there was extensive refugee sheltering in UN
compounds, as this information was widely reported in the news media and
communicated by the UN to the IDF under the impression that this would
prevent mistaken attacks on those areas by the IDF. After a detailed
investigation, Amnesty International also came to the conclusion that the
IDF intentionally attacked the UN compound [Item 15, p.9].
As Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres bears direct responsibility in
international law for these three attacks. There is a direct and unbroken
chain of responsibility from the military officers who directly prepared
the attacks to the Prime Minister. Even after the attack on the UN compound
at Qana, this chain of command was not broken; a low-level and internal IDF
inquiry was ordered into the circumstances of the attack on Qana, and its
findings were kept secret except for its conclusions which absolved all
Israeli personnel of blame [Item 15, pp.11-12]. No inquiries were ordered
into the bombing of the ambulance or the attack on the house in Upper
Nabatiyya. The Prime Minister thus bears Command Responsibility for the
acts of his subordinates. As these three acts constituted grave breaches of
the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, Shimon Peres has committed an offence
against the Geneva Conventions Act 1957.
3. THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT 1988
Section 134(1) and (2) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 provides:
"(1) A public official or person acting in an official capacity, whatever
his nationality, commits the offence of torture if in the United Kingdom or
elsewhere he intentionally inflicts severe pain or suffering on another in
the performance or purported performance of his official duties."
"(2) A person not falling within subsection (1) above commits the offence
of torture, whatever his nationality, if:- (a) in the United Kingdom or
elsewhere he intentionally inflicts severe pain or suffering on another at
the instigation or with the consent or acquiescence:- (i) of a public
official; or (ii) of a person acting in an official capacity; and (b) the
official or other person is performing or purporting to perform his
official duties when he instigates the commission of the offence or
consents to or acquiesces in it."
This section incorporates into English law the Torture Convention of 10
December 1984, and uses the same definition of the crime as this
Convention. Additionally, this Convention sets out the obligation that the
State must, if it does not extradite the offender, "submit the case to its
competent authorities for the purpose of prosecution" (Article 7).
The evidence that Shimon Peres committed the offence of torture has been
given above, in section 2.2. However, section 134(1) and (2) apply to Mr
Peres's actions even if it is not accepted that the victims were protected
persons under the definition of the Fourth Geneva Convention. By aiding,
abetting and procuring the commission by other persons of acts of torture,
Mr Shimon Peres has committed an offence against the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
4. THE TAKING OF HOSTAGES ACT 1982
Section 1 of the Taking of Hostages Act 1982 provides:
"A person, whatever his nationality, who, in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, -
(a) detains any other person ( 'the hostage'), and
(b) in order to compel a State, international governmental organisation or
person to do or abstain from doing any act, threatens to kill, injure, or
continue to detain the hostage, commits an offence."
For the Taking of Hostages Act it is not a necessary condition that either
the detained person or the person whom the accused is attempting to compel
must be a protected person.
Mr Shimon Peres, in his time as Prime Minister, continued with the policy
of continuing to detain persons in order to compel others to engage in
specific acts, as the evidence provided in section 2.3 above indicates. He
has thus committed an offence against the Taking of Hostages Act 1982.
LIST OF DOCUMENTS APPENDED
1. Security Council Resolution 799 (1992)
2. Summary by B'Tselem of their report, "Deportation of Palestinians from
the Occupied Territories and the Mass Deportation of December 1992" (June 1993)
3. Articles from The Times, 9 January 1993 and 21 January 1993.
4. Amnesty International Report: "Under Constant Medical Supervision"
5. Amnesty International Report: "Torture and Ill-treatment of Political
Detainees" (March 1994)
6. Amnesty International Report: "Human Rights: A Year of Shattered Hopes"
7. Amnesty International Report: "Five Years after the Oslo Agreement"
8. Summary by B'Tselem of their report, "Detention and Interrogation of
Salem and Hanan 'Ali" (June 1995)
9. Summary by B'Tselem of their report, "Prisoners of Peace" (May 1997)
10. Human Rights Watch's Submission to the United Nations Human Rights
Committee (July 1998)
11. Amnesty International Report: "Administrative Detention" (April 1997)
12. Summary by Human Rights Watch of their report, "Without Status or
Protection" (October 1997)
13. Amnesty International Report: "Israel's Forgotten Hostages" (July 1997)
14. List of the victims of Operation 'Grapes of Wrath'
15. Amnesty International Report: "Unlawful Killings During Operation
'Grapes of Wrath'" (July 1996)
16. United Nations Report on Israel's Bombing of the United Nations
Compound at Qana, Lebanon (7 May 1996)
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June 19 - Coup Against Peres Planned In Washington.
For the past two days, leaders of the Council On Foreign Relations
(CFR) have been meeting with Labor MK Avraham Burg in Washington to plan a
political coup against Shimon Peres, the leader of the Labor Party and its
most powerful cabinet member.
The CFR sent CIA head George Tenet to Israel last week to threaten PM
Sharon with deadly consequences if he interferes with the plan to destroy
the settler movement by the end of the summer.Tenet was pleased by the
successes of the PLO murder squads he had trained in Virginia but was most
disturbed by reports of Shimon Peres's mental condition. He was informed
that Peres was cracking under the strain of fear that his organization of
Yitzhak Rabin's assassination was being widely exposed. He was subject to
irrational bursts of anger and even his public statements were becoming
increasingly nutty. Before he even returned to Washington, Tenet
recommended Peres's immediate removal.
Avraham Burg has been long groomed for power by the CFR. His father,
Yosef Burg, served longer than anyone in the Israeli cabinet, beginning in
Ben Gurion's days, and trained his son well where the real sources of
political power lie. The CFR believe that it can repeat the success they
had in electing Ehud Barak with Burg. They view him as a young, nominally
religious candidate with potentially wide appeal, who can take over where
Barak left off when Sharon is ousted from power. As a religious Jew, he
would be held blameless for the disintegration of Jewish villages in their
Burg had meetings with Colin Powell (CFR) and National Security
Advisor, Condoleezza Rice (CFR) to outline the coup plans. To overwhelm him
with the seriousness of the plot, additional meetings were arranged for
Burg with Bill Clinton (CFR) and Sen Hillary Clinton.
The top leadership of the CFR have concluded that Peres must go,
willingly or not, and well before his role in the Rabin murder becomes a
national scandal the likes of which Israel has not seen before. It is
essential that Burg be placed in power before that day comes and vast cash
resources will be thrown at a Burg campaign to, first, take over the
leadership of Labor and then the country.
The CFR realizes that time is running out on their obsessive goal of
ridding Judea, Samaria and Gaza of Jews. They are amazed that these people
have not caught on to who is behind the covert war against them, and still
believe their government and army has an interest in protecting them.
However, great pains are being taken to keep the ignorance intact.
A delegation of American presidents of major Jewish organizations is
touring Israel, concurrent with the Burg talks. It is led by one Mort
Zuckerman, who is not only a CFR member but was on the board of the
notorious CFR Middle East Task Force Report of July, 1997, which demanded
that Israel's borders be reduced to those of 1948, with half of Jerusalem
handed over to the PLO.
Zuckerman submitted a dissenting opinion of the report's conclusions
but one should not view that fact as anything more than window dressing. He
is as aware as anyone of the CFR/CIA's plot against the settlers and is in
Israel maintaining control of any objections to it raised by his delegation
of American Jewish leaders.
Unless the settlers miraculously awaken from their delusions and
protect themselves bravely and intelligently, they have no more of a chance
to continue their lifestyle than the other victims of CFR/NWO manipulations
like the Afrikaaners, Rhodesians, Serbs etc. Their ONE AND ONLY longterm
chance is to exploit the opportunities offered by those who are exposing
the ghastly crimes of their enemies within Israel.
They're Talking Update
Those who read the claims of the Shabak informants in my last
posting, They're Talking, will be pleased to learn that the information is
being confirmed, despite a couple of tiny errors in my transcription which
I will point out now.
Asher Zuckerman, publisher of Kol Hashavuah confirms that a few weeks
after the Rabin murder, he was about to publish a report about the murder
of two of Rabin's bodyguards. His backer was approached with a threat to
his life and he shut down the newspaper. Later it reopened with a new name.
The informants were exactly right.
Yehuda Miller of Maale Levana (not Levanim as I wrote) did photograph
Avishai Raviv in criminal action and he was fired from Israel Police. The
informants were right but forgot to add that as a sweetener for his
silence, a job as photographer for the weekly magazine Mishpakha was
arranged for him. He still holds the position.
A correspondent went to the 100 block of HaChoresh Blvd. (not Coresh
as I misheard) in Ramot and confirmed that a villa matching the
description of the Shabak interrogation and surveillance center the
informants reported, does exist.
And because the information is proving accurate, suspicions have been
raised by the murder of a Military Intelligence/Shabak colonel, Yehuda
Edri, two days after the posting was released. For one day, both Haaretz
and Hatsofe published the truth of the assassination, then they stopped.
Edri met his Arab informer outside Jerusalem and was shot by him. This
should not have happened. Edri was travelling with two bodyguards. Neither
searched the informer before he approached Edri. In fact, neither left the
car to take up protective positions. The bodyguards let Edri get murdered.
One bodyguard was shot by a bullet aimed at Edri, while the assailant chose
not to shoot a seemingly helpless bodyguard seated in the backseat of the
car. He shot and killed the informer.
The informer's employer wrote a personal piece published on the front
page of the Jerusalem Post. She described an Arab sick of PLO corruption
with no fight against the Israelis. She concluded that he was not a
murderer type and that his family must have been threatened.
Edri was a religious Jew living in the "settlement" of Maaleh Adumim.
He was assassinated under most suspicious circumstances. We hope it was not
because someone thought he was one of the people who passed on the
information in, They're Talking.
He wasn't, at least not directly.
The real informants have not contacted me again, as they promised, so
I searched my notes for quotes I chose not to include the previous posting.
I rejected most because the informants admitted they were just rumors. One,
however, should have been included. I was told the Shabak took over Yigal
Amir's police investigation right after the murder and staged the filmed
interrogation of Amir with his forced cooperation. This wasn't included
because it was previously reported in Natan Gefen's book Fatal Sting and
oft-repeated since. Still, this is confirmation.
Of the uncertain claims:
Source 1 - "While on the topic of the Kahalani brothers, you should
know they had a brother in the army who start mouthing off about how the
Shabak framed his brothers. He died of a 'suicide,' though no one I know of
in the service believes that's what happened."
Source 1 - "I've heard that a few agents are assigned to covering up
forest fires. When the PLO want concessions from the government, they burn
down Israeli forests. There is barely a tree left on the Tel Aviv/Jerusalem
highway and Rabin's government hid the arson from the public. Now they're
working on the Galilee, burning down those forests the same way. To cover
this up, we identified a 'security risk,' a visionary Gog and Magog
philosopher who wrote about his vision of Israel burning, and the police
used him as the fall guy for the fires."
A certain claim from a different source:
A New York correspondent who I met at my NY lectures twice, and who I
trust, wrote recently that he had met Yigal Amir's mother Geula in New
York. He asked her opinion about my book and she was not delighted with it,
believing that I had hurt her chances to raise money among the religious
Right for her son's defence by implying that he was a Shabak asset. She was
asked why her son doesn't just tell the truth and she admitted what we knew
all along; Amir has been told that if he so much as whispers anything near
the truth, his family will start dying one by one.
An awful evil is being committed to Israel. The settlers are being
abandoned to their murderers by Ariel Sharon, who lives daily with
a foreign gun at his head. And Israelis, especially the Jewish residents
of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, can't understand the obvious. So they'll
keep dying until barely a sole is left in his home and then they'll
express their indignation by voting for Burg in the next elections.
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June 13 - NEWS: Avishai Raviv Trial Postponed Once Again.
Avishai Raviv Trial Postponed Once Again
With Margalit Har-Shefi sitting in prison for "failing to prevent" the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin, the trial of Avishai Raviv on similar charges has once again been postponed. Rabin was assassinated five and a half years ago, and the original indictment was handed down in April 1999, yet only two sessions of the trial have ever been held. MK Benny Elon said that it is hard to understand the reasons for this, but hinted that the GSS and the State Prosecution are working together against holding the trial. "For instance," Elon told Arutz-7, "Raviv's lawyer, who asked for the latest postponement, is Eitan Peleg - a long-time GSS agent who was the one to file suit against the journalist who first revealed Raviv's GSS codename." Many feel that Raviv's pre-assassination actions make him liable for prosecution not only for not preventing Rabin's death, but also for encouraging it. "I have nothing against Raviv," Elon said. "I am interested in his trial being held so that once and for all he will open his mouth and tell us what really happened in this story."
Following several delays and re-schedulings, yesterday became just the latest scheduled court date to find itself canceled. Arutz-7's Adir Zik recounts the history:
"Attorney-General Elyakim Rubenstein announced that he would hand down the indictment in November '98. It was finally handed down only in April '99, with the first session scheduled for July. This date was pushed off until September, then was pushed off again, and the first session was on Oct 3, '99. The next session was to take place over two months later, in December, but was pushed off until Feb 22, 2000" Between then and now there was exactly one more session; another one was supposed to have been in February of this year, but that was pushed off until yesterday, at which time it was again postponed.
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June 11 - They're Talking.
I ask my readers not to inquire who my sources are. I will be using
deceptions to hide their identities.
The Evolution Of Raviv
Source 1 - We wish you had made it clearer that the Shabak is not a
monolith, it's compartmentalized. You are taking down a lot of silent
heroes who don't deserve to be associated with the dirty tricks department.
We wish you understood the kind of heroism taking place in the service by
young men whose committed duty is to prevent mass murder in the country.
They're story should be told too. If the public knew the filthy job they
were doing and what daily dealings with vile scum terrorists does to their
permanent life's perspective, the damage that is about to be exposed
publicly could be minimized.
You don't know it but you're on the edge of being proven
right about many of your claims. That's going to happen with or without our
help. We're just speeding up the process. We took the decision to talk to
you because things have gone too far. Even you don't know how serious
matters really are.
We'll tell you some things we know and they'll know it had
to come from inside. We'll stop short of naming certain names that could
get you, or us, killed.
Let's start with Avishai Raviv. You didn't get the whole
story. You don't understand how things got out of hand. And you don't know
what he was doing before there was an Oslo Accord. Start with 1992: His
assignment was to destroy the Tekhiya Party, the most committed
Knesset representative of the settlers. The plan worked like this. He had
spent five years infiltrating far right wing groups and now he was ordered
to unite them into one party which would draw away enough votes to
annihilate Tekhiya but not enough to actually sit in the Knesset.
He asked the Kach people to join his movement but they
turned him down flat. However Gershon Solomon's Temple Mount Faithful
initially accepted his proposal. Solomon was going to head the list and
Raviv began politicking for him. But Solomon soon suspected Raviv's motive
and backed out. Raviv was furious and asked his followers, who later would
form the core of Eyal, to wreck Solomon's car and property. They balked at
the idea and Raviv went looking for another party to siphon off Tekhiya's
In the end he got desperate and backed a party run by a
disgruntled meat company owner, whose plank was to eliminate the income tax
authority. Raviv campaigned hard to have the hardline vote support what was
known as the Picanti Party and drew off just enough Tekhiya support to
eliminate the party from the Knesset. He did so well, we're told, he even
cost the National Religious Party a seat.
You never understood where Raviv came from. He wasn't merely
a Shabak information gatherer, he was a pretend right winger planted by the
Labor Party to neutralize the political unity of the Right. That's what the
leaders of the Shabak were doing with our service even before Oslo. This
was a huge breach of the Shabak's mandate, which is to guard internal
security from violence and nationalistic crime.
Raviv was a political tool illegally run by our chief
commander Yaacov Perry. But it was Carmi Gillon's Jewish Department, as you
rightly reported, which Raviv worked for. After the Hebron massacre Perry
was made CEO of the country's biggest cellphone operator and that was no
coincidence.He turned it into a surveillance tool of the highest order.
Meanwhile, Gillon was made head of the service and he expanded the role of
Raviv and others dramatically. From a political manipulator, Raviv was
ordered to become a criminal instigator.
You are right that the goal of the instigations was ultimately
the forced removal of the Jewish residents of the West Bank and Gaza.
Raviv's assignment was to radicalize young people and inspire them to
commit a continuing chain of murderous outrages. This would eventually
justify the army coming in and removing these criminal residents from their
But the settlers didn't cooperate. Raviv's superiors badly
misunderstood the settlers' thinking. Maybe they were victims of their own
prejudices but they weren't prepared for how meek these people really are.
Today, when the atrocities against them are being turned on high, they
still remain almost totally timid. The planners didn't get proper
intelligence on the effect of their rabbis either. Far from being
firebrands, the rabbis were preaching fatalism. While their best people
were being murdered, the rabbis taught that it was the victims' time to
die. And though the covert actions carry on with increased sadism, the
rabbis are holding courses in etiquette and values. The plan to remove the
settlers is way behind schedule and Arafat is going crazy. He thinks he was
taken for a ride. The way we were told it happened was that after the
Hebron massacre, Rabin was supposed to have the army round up the Jews of
Hebron and Kiryat Arba and start the removal process. He refused and that
was the moment the plan to murder him was hatched. You didn't get that either.
Source 2 - Another aspect about Raviv that you didn't report is how poor
his decision making was. This guy is not terribly clever and we were always
having to silence people who caught on to what he was doing. You got the
arrest of Shmuel Cytrin right. After he started spreading the word that
Raviv worked for us, he was arrested on no charge and kept at a safe
distance in prison.
But you didn't find out about the trouble we had with
Yehuda Miller, a police officer living near Raviv in Maale Levanim. Raviv
decided that he could hide his service ties by telling everyone that Miller
was his police commander. Miller found out about it and told Raviv to stop
the lying. But Raviv just turned up the heat. He even had his mail sent to
Miller, it turns out, was a first rate photographer and he
began capturing Raviv in criminal action on film. He had enough to bury
Raviv and all his officers, right up to Gillon. In the end we got him
kicked out of the police and terrified to tell anyone what he knows. I use
the word 'we' with reservations. I had nothing to do with these operations
and have learned to hate the people who did. Not everyone, there were kids
caught up in their duty who had nothing to compare to, I almost feel sorry
for them, but their officers were engaged in serious irregularities and
they knew better. As for the platoon that did the killing, I have not an
ounce of forgiveness towards them.
Rabin's Dead Bodyguards
Source 2 - We knew you would ask so we prepared partial answers. We don't
know that much, but we know it's worse than what you wrote.
Source 1 - All we know about Yoav Kuriel was that he was in a Shabak course
and taken out. Almost always that means he went into the deep underground
on assignment. I never knew him but I do know that after he was buried, we
had to talk to the people who buried him. I can't imagine that the
commanders thought they could hand a body riddled with bullets and missing
internal organs to a legitimate burial society and not expect the
undertaking crew to talk about what they saw afterwards. We made it clear
to one of the crew living in Bnai Brak, his name was Baruch as I recall,
that the loose talk would have to end then and there. He has been most
obedient since then. And we had to lean on this guy Biton from Pardes Katz
who was blabbing about what he saw.
Source 2 - There were a couple of other of our people who were eliminated;
one was from Ashdod or Rishon, I think, another guy named Tzvi, as I recall
was buried in Jerusalem the night of Rabin's murder. A minyan was gathered
in a hurry to supervise the burial and, of course, someone reported the
incident, this time to a Haredi paper in Bnai Brak. This paper was called
Hashavuah and they were about to publish the victim's name. We just closed
down the paper and confiscated the damning issue. The paper was re-opened
under another name right after.
Source 1 - At the risk of repeating myself, my friend uses the word 'we,'
when neither of us were involved in the operations. People in the service
talk to each other, we are human after all, and that's where this
information comes from. There are now enough of us who have had it with the
situation that we decided to fight back. I am sure that most of our buddies
agree with what we are doing. At first, no one believed your conclusions
about the Rabin murder. You were checked out, and it was concluded, now
don't be insulted, that you were too weird to ever be taken seriously.
Source 2 - The service really underestimated you. They never dealt with a
personality like yours. The intelligence reports painted you as an oddball
who could be neutralized with ease through the media. No one anticipated
that you had these kinds of persuasive talents. We have guys in the service
who are convinced you either have hidden powers or are working at a
high-ranking mutineer's behest. Either way, a lot of us have reached the
conclusion that it is inevitable the Rabin murder is going to rock the
service like never before. We want to make sure the damage won't be
permanent. The only people who should be prosecuted are those who killed
Jews, and there aren't many of them. We want them purged from our ranks.
(A rabbi who exposed the kidnappings of thousands of, mostly, Yemenite
infants in the early days of the state).
Source 2 - At the same time that the service was being exploited to smear
political opposition to the Oslo process, we were being used to snuff out
another political threat, Rabbi Uzi Meshulum. I bought the propaganda that
he was a dangerous cult leader threatening widespread violence in our
society. Most of us did at the time so we cooperated in his silencing. Now
we know that his message was honest and that it threatened the very basis
of the Labor movement. If it was allowed out, Labor's first heroes were
going to be pilloried, the political movement would have no moral
imperative to continue and thus the Oslo process would die. We were used again.
As far as the service was concerned, Meshulum's fatal
mistake was naming his Shin Bet infiltrator, Ilan Raz. We do not appreciate
having our men exposed and their lives thereafter threatened. We planned to
move in on Meshulum big-time for that.
But Raz tried to warn Meshulum. He had actually come around
to admiring him, and that by the way, is breaking regulation number one;
Get close to your target but not too close. He told him to stop his
campaign immediately or we would come down on him very hard. He even tried
bribing him but Meshulum wouldn't budge. We laid siege to his compound with
army and police snipers everywhere. They killed one of Meshulum's young
supporters. Meshulum was put into prison and now he seems to have forgotten
everything to do with missing infants.
And the story gets worse. The Prison Services medical head,
Yaacov Ziegelboim was appalled by the medical treatment Meshulum was
receiving and was on the verge of reporting the facts to the proper
authorities. A bomb in his car put an end to that. Our public relations
people shifted the blame to Meshulum's followers. They are like the
settlers; they talk big, they used to call protest rallies thinking they
could persuade the public to seek justice but they never took murderous
actions. Yet the propaganda was so effective that the public believed the
bombing was by an extremist Yemenite. I have no proof but I'm convinced,
and I'm not alone, that victims like the Amir and Kahalani brothers were
chosen because they were Yemenite. Part of the overall operation was to
convince the public that Yemenites were unstable and their claims shouldn't
be taken seriously.
We Mean It
Source 1 - We worked out a strategy that we can live with. We are going to
allow you to report a highly sensitive piece of information. It should show
the dirty tricks people that we aren't kidding. Their operations have to
stop and now. This will be the last information you get from us. Next time
we'll find a more conventional media outlet. That is a promise. You will
not be contacted again.
Source 2 - I suggest you take a trip to Coresh street in Ramot and look at
villas around the number 100 block. You'll see one with a special garage
door. Suspects from the Ramallah area are taken there for interrogation.
Let them find a new villa. If we don't see a change of
policy, the next reporter we talk to will get more, much more information.
We are looking for an internal order that lets us know that the Shabak will
have only one function from now on, to protect Israelis from their real
Source 1 - And like I said before, you must report that the Shabak is where
our country's finest men serve. Most of us have no role in any of this
subterfuge. We are confident that we will be forgiven by the public when
the full story comes out. And it will.
* * *
I asked if one of my early informants, Moshe Pavlov worked for the Shabak.
Neither knew him.
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June 2 - It's Time For Rate the Rumors.
The Rumor Scale:
* - don't listen to it
** - don't bet on it
*** - where there's smoke...
**** - there's fire!
Feisel El-Husseini Was Murdered.
Suspicions that the PLO's Jerusalem chief Feisel El-Husseini did not
have a heart attack in Kuwait but was knocked off are everywhere. The day
of the funeral, the Israeli newspaper Hatsofe ran a front page piece
called, Suspicions About Husseini's Murder Rampant In Europe. Even the
hardline Middle East Report noted the "suspicious circumstances" of the death.
It seems Husseini and his entourage got into a loud row with Kuwaiti
security personnel at his hotel and then he was taken to the hospital,
reportedly, already dead. Hatsofe noted that Arafat hated Husseini and cut
off his Jerusalem funding, thus was a suspect but the Middle East Report
identified a better motive.
Arafat's days are numbered. The two front-runners to take over his
mantle were Husseini and PLO Police Chief Jibril Rajoub. Rajoub is the
CIA's puppet, and they personally trained his elite guards and hit squads.
The heads of CIA are appointed by the Council On Foreign Relations (CFR),
who control events in the Middle East. The CIA has a huge presence in
Kuwait and they know how to eliminate pesky rivals.
**** A fine scenario and one that makes more sense than the trim and
healthy 61 year old Husseini suddenly having a heart attack while brawling
with security personnel.
Omri Sharon Was Kidnapped By The PLO
Last month, PM Sharon suffered a small setback when he was
reprimanded by the Knesset for sending his son Omri to Europe on a secret
mission with the PLO leadership. A few days before, reports of Omri's
meeting were leaked to the Israeli press but not the full story behind them.
Sharon's son was lured to Europe but not on a diplomatic mission, at
least not intentionally. Sharon would have been far too suspicious to send
his son unprotected to the lair of the PLO. Israeli security law absolutely
bans such meetings out of the fear of kidnapping and blackmail.
Omri Sharon was tortured and warned that he would be sought out
wherever he went if his father dared open a serious war with the PLO.
Sharon got the message. He is left with only one choice: he must save his
son or his country. So far, his son is coming first.
** It's easy to dismiss except for that nagging quandary: Sharon would
never have endangered his son or the country in the first place by
willingly sending Omri directly into the claws of the beast.
The Versailles Wedding Hall Crash Was Sabotage
After ten days, Israel Police engineers cannot identify the cause of
the crash of the Versailles. They originally arrested 11 building owners,
subcontractors, engineers but released the builder and his partner, who had
been doing improvements on the Versailles for a few months previous to the
disaster. Their workers were Arabs and one of them interviewed on Israel TV
on the night of the tragedy lied outright about the work his crew had been
doing and then suddenly forgot how to speak in Hebrew. They were in a
position to loosen the building's pillars and retaining walls using a
material called Snail-Dynamite. It is a replacement for dynamite when
blasting is impractical. It is absorbed by rock and concrete and over a few
weeks to months breaks them down into more manageable rubble. The police
have vilified the engineering method used in the building's floors but can
recall no other cave-in similar to the Versailles in buildings which
utilized the method.
If true, Israel will suffer other building collapses until the people
have no more heart to live in their country. It's all part of the
* Nothing is impossible but for the time being we should draw the line.
Maybe the police engineers will find the cause of the collapse. If their
explanation isn't convincing, then we'll raise the rating. We pray we don't
have to verify it after another building disintegrates.
If The Dead Weren't Russians, Israel Would Be At War Today
If those nineteen teenagers exploded to bits in Tel Aviv had names
like Recanati or Weizman, and lived in Savion or Ramat Aviv, Sharon would
have been forced to take the proper military action to save his land. But
the victims were immigrants from Russia, a few not Jewish, others raised by
single mothers. They weren't worth fighting for.
Many Russian Israelis feel just this way and have been protesting in
the streets. They are certain the bombing showed the true bigoted face of
the Israeli ruling elite.
***1/2 - The victims' families have no political pull. If the teenagers
were of the landed gentry, the political and military pressure would have
proved too much for Sharon to resist. The country might not be united in a
war for the settlers but the elite will defend their own children once they
are cut down like animals by the savages. Perhaps, the suicide bomber knew
precisely where to detonate his explosives.
Carmi Gillon Is Hauling His Tuches
Shimon Peres has just appointed Carmi Gillon to be Israel's Ambassador
to Denmark. Now why would Peres do that and why would Gillon accept? Gillon
earns four times more as chairman of Peres's Peace Center than he will make
as an ambassador. What for the huge cut in salary? And why the hurry? The
appointment came out of nowhere.
Well, not really. Gillon was head of the secret services (Shabak) from
the early days of the Oslo "peace" process and in that position he carried
out a long series of heinous crimes against those who opposed Oslo,
especially the Yesha settlers who had to be removed from their homes
according to the unpublicized clauses of Oslo. The high point of the
Peres-Gillon syndicate was the Rabin assassination.
Gillon thought Peres's power was enough to assure him protection,
wealth and fame, so he hopped onto his train. However, the train got
derailed by the Rabin murder. Too many people know the truth now and the
whole story, including the dirty tricks/hit team run by Gillon could be
exposed by Avishai Raviv's trial scheduled for this month.
Gillon wants to be as dissociated from Peres as possible and has
chosen a comfortable country from which to fight extradition when the
detritus hits the fan.
**** Yeah, that's what happened. It would be nice if a few people protested
Gillon's appointment as an ambassador to their country. Even a letter to
the media or Foreign Ministry would be a fine gesture. In these troubled
times of ours, even rumors must be followed up. They have a way of turning
into the truth.
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