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MKs, Australia, Challenging Israel on ‘Prisoner X,’ Black Prisons

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

An inquiry has now been ordered into the way Australian diplomats handled the imprisonment of Ben Zygier-Alon, “Prisoner X,” in Israel, Australian media report (Foreign Media: Ex-Mossad Agent Committed Suicide in Israeli Prison). Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr has ordered the review after learning that an Australian diplomat in Tel Aviv had been told by Israeli authorities about the jailing of Zygier-Alon in 2010.

But said diplomat chose not to pass the information on through appropriate channels.

“Prisoner X” was found dead in his isolated, high-security cell in late 2010.



Australia’s Foreign Minister had said earlier that his office not aware of the man’s suicide under false identity until his parents asked for help in bringing his body back to Australia. He was buried in a Jewish cemetery in Melbourne.

An ABC report said Zygier had been living in Israel for about 10 years before his arrest in early 2010 and was married with two children. At some point he was recruited by Mossad.

It was not clear why he was arrested in 2010, but he was taken to Ayalon Prison in Ramla. There he was held in isolation until his suicide in December 2010.

A heated debate took place on Tuesday in the Knesset during the speech of Justice Minister Yaakov Ne’eman, over the story of an attempt by the Prime Minister’s office to clamp down on publication of a story that exposed Israel as running a “black prison” type operation where at least one prisoner disappeared only to reappear after committing suicide in his cell.

“It was published today that an inmate with an Australian citizenship has committed suicide in one of Israel’s prisons under a fake identity,” the Arab Ra’am-Ta’al party MK Ahmed Tibi inquired of the Minister. “He was registered under an identity other than his own. Do you know about the case? Do you confirm the fact that an Australian citizen committed suicide in prison, under a false identity, and without publicity for the fact that he was a prisoner and detained in a prison in the state of Israel?”

Meretz Chairman MK Zahava Gal’on also posed an inquiry to Ne’eman: “Mr. Minister, I want to hear your view about the fact that journalists volunteer to censor information at the request of the authorities. Does it appear proper to you that the prime minister’s office would assemble the Editors’ Committee to prevent publication of an episode that could embarrass Israel?”

The Editors’ Committee is an informal forum of the editors and owners of the main Israeli media. It meets regularly with the prime minister, cabinet members and senior officials, for “background” information. In past years, the committee championed the self-censorship of the Israeli media, with the understanding that the information reported to the committee would not be published, even after it appeared in another source.

Obviously, any attempt to repress information in the age of the Internet is both delusional and makes the PM’s office and the Editors’ Committee look like a relic from a 1960s spy novel.

Gal’on continued: “Is it permissible to conduct clandestine arrests in Israel in the name of security needs?”

Gal’on reminded the minister that she was the one who revealed the existence of interrogation facility in Camp 1391, Israel’s secret Guantanamo Bay. The Guardian described it, in 2003: “Facility 1391 has been airbrushed from Israeli aerial photographs and purged from modern maps. Where once a police station was marked there is now a blank space. Sometimes even the road leading to it has been erased. But Israel’s secret prison, inside an army intelligence base close to the main road between Hadera and Afula in northern Israel, is real enough.”

At the time, MK Ga’on appealed to Israel’s Supreme Court, which ruled unequivocally, as she put it Tuesday: “that you cannot keep people in secret detention and that this will not happen again in Israel.” Then she continued: “And now we hear that in a country that claims to be a proper democracy, journalists are collaborating with the government without a directive from the High Court that there is clear and imminent danger to state security, that hidden prisoners commit suicide and no one knows about their existence.”

Central Elections Committee to Discuss Disqualifying Tibi From Next Knesset Election

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The Central Elections Committee chairwoman and Supreme Court judge Miriam Naor said the Central Elections Committee is likely to discuss the possibility of disqualifying Raam-Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi from running for re-election to the Knesset, due to an inflammatory speech he made praising martyrdom.

According to Basic Law: The Knesset, a candidate or party running for Knesset membership may be disqualified if it promotes “(1) negation of the existence of the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people; (2) negation of the democratic character of the State; (3) incitement to racism.”

 

MK Tibi Praises Palestinian ‘Martyrs’

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Raam-Taal MK Ahmad Tibi, remarking at a Palestinian Authority event commemorating Palestinian ‘martyrs,’ said last week that “the martyr is the symbol of the homeland.”

The NGO Palestinian Media Watch obtained and released the video, in which the Member of Knesset is also heard saying that “there is nothing more praiseworthy than those who die for the homeland.”

When questioned about his remarks, Tibi brushed off concerns as “Israeli ignorance.”

National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari, after being briefed on the matter, wrote a letter to Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, imploring him to prosecute Tibi.

“Your office has not hesitated to prosecute right-wing activists for less severe speeches,” Ben-Ari wrote. “The time has come to stop Tibi’s party.”

Ahmad Tibi Suspended From Knesset

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The Knesset’s Ethics Committee issued a one-week suspension to MK Ahmad Tibi because of a crude poem he read in the plenum.

Tibi was criticizing MK Anastassia Michaeli for having dumped a cup of water on MK Raleb Majadle during a contentious meeting of the Knesset’s Education, Culture and Sports Committee last week. The two were engaged in a verbal sparring match, with each one shouting at the other to “shut up!” when Michaeli poured a cupful of cold water on Majadle and stormed out of the room – a move that earned Michaeli a month’s ban from the Ethics Committee.

In coming to Majadle’s defense, Tibi composed a rhyming rebuke of Michaeli in which he suggested that Michaeli had suffered “a plumbing problem” that caused her watery outburst. Tibi, a former gynecologist, also used puns playing on the similar sounds of certain Hebrew and Arabic words to make a not-so-veiled derogatory reference to Michaeli’s mother.

Tibi, unrepentant, said the suspension was part of an anti-Arab crusade against him.

“There are no Arabs on the Ethics Committee, and its members treat me as an enemy, so the committee’s decisions are prejudiced,” he said.

The suspension, which goes into effect on Sunday, pertains only to plenum discussions; Tibi will be permitted to participate in votes.

MK Tibi Suspended from Knesset Week For Profanity-Laced Poem

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The Knesset’s Ethics Committee has suspended Raam Taal MK Ahmad Tibi from participating in any Knesset sessions for a week, after he recited a poem disparaging Yisrael Beiteinu MK Anastassia Michaeli.

Tibi read the poem after Michaeli threw water at Labor MK Raleb Majadle during a committee session last week.

In the poem, Tibi spoke of Michaeli, “who  grew there in the garbage pile of Yisrael Beiteinu,” and used an Arabic profanity to describe the incident.

Knesset Plenum Votes Down Proposed Bills by MK Ahmad Tibi

Monday, January 16th, 2012

The Knesset voted Monday to block two controversial anti-Jewish bills introduced by Raam-Taal MK Ahmed Tibi.

The first sought to have Jerusalem recognized as the capital of a proposed Palestinian state. The second would ban the term “gangs” to describe Arabs who fought Jews before Israeli independence, and replace it with the word “fighters” in school books.

Likud MK Danny Danon voiced his outrage over the second bill, saying that approving “a law that accords honor to the murderers in the Arab gangs that tried to prevent the establishment of the State of Israel, by defining them as ‘fighters’, would demean the founders of the State of Israel and the Knesset.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/knesset-plenum-votes-down-proposed-bills-by-mk-ahmad-tibi/2012/01/16/

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