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April 29, 2016 / 21 Nisan, 5776

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Shabak Arrests, Interrogations, without Lawyers, Yield Picayune Charges

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Over the past few weeks, Israeli media have been publishing leaked bits of information from the Shabak—Israel’s clandestine police, and from rightwing sources, on the secret arrests of Jews in Judea and Samaria, in preparation for another case against “Jewish terrorists.” The suspects, adults and young teens, were kept away from legal counsel, as has been the norm rather than the exception in the workings of the Jewish Section of the secret police, not to be confused with the Yevsektsiya—the Jewish Section of the Soviet secret police. In a manner similar to the workings of their Soviet predecessors, however, the Shabak was definitely preparing a show trial, exposing once and for all the Jewish terrorists lurking everywhere in Judea and Samaria with murder in their hearts.

After all those weeks of isolation and rough interrogation, with the suspects’ human rights being trampled as only a secret policeman knows how to do, the indictments that were brought against the seven suspects on Monday include little more than being a group of Jewish settlers who have had it up to here with Arab violence.

The central suspects are two minors, ages 16 and 17, and a soldier, 19, from Nachliel, a Haredi communal settlement in Judea and Samaria located close to the Arab villages of Beitillu and Deir ‘Ammar, about 14 miles from Modi’in. The other suspects are Pinhas Shendorfi, 22, married and living in Kiriat Arba; Itamar Ben Aharon, 20, of Nachliel; Shneur Dana, in his 20s, married and father of children from Maale Ephraim; and Michael Kaplan, 20, from Nachliel. Three of the suspects are brothers, and Dana is married to their sister.

Arab car in Beitillu, allegedly burnt by the accused.

Arab car in Beitillu, allegedly burnt by the accused.

The indictment charges that the seven suspects “wanted, among other things, to spread fear and panic among the Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria, on the one hand, and on the other hand to deliver messages to the security forces and to the Israeli public on security issues.”

In other words, none of them are accused of, say, murder, or even manslaughter. They are accused, and according to Walla have already confessed to causing damage to property in a number of neighboring Arab villages. They apparently threw Molotov cocktails on one occasion at a house in an Arab village north of Ramallah last November 20, but it was deflected by a window. On December 22 they are accused of throwing IDF issue gas grenades into a house in another Arab village. They also sprayed graffiti on walls belonging to Arabs, saying: “Revenge,” “death to the Arabs,” “Jews, Wake Up,” and “Revenge, Regards to the Prisoners of Zion,” the latter being the subject of some controversy as to what they actually meant — they most likely meant the Jewish administrative prisoners who are lingering in state jails without an indictment against them, by the stroke of the pen of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud).

The seven are also charged with illegal possession of weapons and membership in an illegal organization, although the organization appears to be this family in Nachliel. The prosecution says they constituted an extremist and violent organization which systematically attacked Arabs and their property “with full awareness of the possibility that they might harm human lives, even after the results of the arson of the Duma village house, and, in effect, inspired by it.”

In the end, the indictment comes down to accusing the defendants of hating Arabs and expressing their hatred in dangerous ways. In other words, harassment and disorderly conduct with illegal weapons involved.

Frankly, that’s a little disappointing for such a production.

David Israel

Shabak Arrests Jews for Attacks on Arabs

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

by Michael Bachner

The Shabak on Wednesday released a statement that it has arrested members of a so called “Jewish terror cell,” including at least six individuals who carried out attacks against Arabs during the second half of 2015.

It should be noted that several thousand Arabs were involved in various levels of attacks on Jews at the same time period.

All the alleged attacks took place in the Talmonim bloc, northwest of Ramallah. Most of the suspects are residents of the community of Nahliel.

The Shabak statement said that the suspects confessed to the allegations and that reenactments of the incidents “revealed an extremist violent organization that was fully aware of the possibility that their acts may have killed people. The arrests prevented further attacks.”

The Honenu legal aid society issued a response saying the suspects have not been allowed to meet with an attorney for more than ten days and that they may have given false confessions.

“Most of the offenses discussed in this case did not involve casualties and are no more than quarrels [between neighbors],” responded attorney Aaron Rosa, who is representing some of the suspects. “This system of preventing a suspect from meeting with his lawyer in every security-related investigation is wrong. This may result in false confessions and is a disaster for democracy.”

The Shabak claimed that the “cell” was responsible for an attack in November, 2015, in which firebombs were thrown into a Palestinian family’s home in the village of al-Mazraa al-Qabaliya. The firebomb hit a window without entering the building and did not result in casualties. The phrases “death to Arabs” and “revenge” were sprayed in Hebrew graffiti on the building.

According to the Shabak, the cell also attacked the village of Beitillu in December, 2015. Smoke bombs were thrown into a house inside which a family was sleeping. Hebrew graffiti, including the Hebrew word for “revenge” (Nekama) was sprayed on the building. No one was injured.

Additionally, the “cell” allegedly set fire to several Arab owned cars and attacked a farmer with sticks and tear gas.

The suspects are Itamar Ben Aharon, 20, Michael Kaplan, 22, Pinhas Shandorfi, 19, who is a soldier, and two minors. They face indictment in the coming days.

The Tazpit News Agency

Shabak Objects to IDF Withdrawal from Arab Cities

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Israel’s clandestine internal security service Shabak recently submitted a classified document attacking the contacts between Israeli officials and the PA on reducing IDF presence in area A of Judea and Samaria, which is entirely under PA jurisdiction, a senior Israeli official told Ha’aretz. The document was delivered to Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ya’alon and other seniors in the security apparatus.

Shabak argues that establishing understandings with the PA on the issue of IDF withdrawal would likely create political limitations which would narrow the IDF’s future freedom of operation in Arab cities in Judea and Samaria and make it harder to foil terrorist attacks. Recently there have been media reports suggesting Netanyahu and Ya’alon believe the move would not damage Israel’s ability to prevent attacks, and that the PA security forces can be relied upon to carry out a large portion of the IDF’s missions.

That belief, in fact, was at the foundation of the Oslo accords, which both Netanyahu and Ya’alon still see as the path—with some corrections—to a two-state solution.

On Sunday night there was yet another meeting between Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Gen. Yoav Mordechai and and OC Central Command Roni Numa on the Israeli side, and a PA team that included Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh and Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Majid Faraj. The PA delegation demanded an understanding on the IDF pullout from area A before the Tuesday meeting in Brussels of the conference of the PA donor countries — but it remains unclear if this can be achieved in the given timeframe.

A more likely outline would include a trial period during which the PA security be given additional responsibility, while an IDF re-entry into area A would require approval by a command chief, as opposed to the current procedure which requires approval from a brigade chief.

According to the source cited by Ha’aretz, there has been a growing unrest among Netanyahu’s cabinet ministers regarding the pullout proposal, both over the proposal itself, which relies on PA generals to defend Israeli civilians from terrorists, and also over the way in which these plans are being conceived and decided. Ministers Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked, Ze’ev Elkin and Gilad Erdan suspect that what is being presented to the cabinet as routine coordination meetings with PA security officials are, in effect, political negotiations over the next phase in applying the two-state solution.

Since 2002, when PA security failed to stop, and some say aided and abetted the seder night attack on a hotel in Netanya that resulted in 23 dead, Israel has ceased to comply with the Oslo accords regarding the IDF’s freedom of movement inside area A. The result has been the crushing of the terror infrastructure in Judea and Samaria and the Shabak and IDF vastly increased effectiveness in rounding up terror suspects based on intelligence before they set out to harm Israelis.

JNi.Media

Protest!

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Protesters stand outside the home of Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen in Jerusalem demanding the latest group of Jews being held in administrative detention be allowed to see their lawyers.

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Jewish Minor Under Shabak Interrogations Rushed to Hospital

Friday, April 15th, 2016

A Jewish minor who was picked up by Shabak for interrogations a few days ago, without seeing an attorney or his family, was rushed to hospital Friday afternoon from the Shabak facility. He is suffering from urgent medical complications.

His family has issued a statement saying, “Now the suspicion that he was being tortured has become a certainty. We call on anyone who can do anything to help. It is a matter of life and death. They took from us a healthy child and now he is being rushed to hospital.”

The Shabak informed the family that their child was being rushed to a medical center but interrogators refused to permit his parents to meet or accompany him.

Attorney Adi Keidar of legal aid society Honenu whose appeal to let the minor be accompanied by a parent was rejected, said that “the contempt for the right of people under interrogation has gone up a notch to a contempt for their state of health. We view very seriously the fact that despite the medical complications the intensive interrogation persists as does the refusal to permit family or an attorney to see him.”

David Israel

Terrorist Who Murdered Daphna Meir HY”D Captured Alive

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

It’s now permitted to publish that the terrorist who murdered Daphna Meir in Otniel, was captured in a joint operation between the Shabak and the IDF.

The terrorist, age 16, is a resident of one of the Arab settlements near Otniel. He has been transferred to the Shabak for interrogation.

Daphna Meir was a mother to six, and the terrorist stabbed her to death in front of three of her children, before escaping from Otniel.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Shabak Foiled Hamas Plan to Kidnap, Murder Israelis, Bargain over Bodies

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

A Hamas terrorist cell in the advanced stages of planning a major attack has been taken out in a joint operation by the Israel Police and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency, or Shabak).

The cell was discovered last month; its six members were residents of Jerusalem and Hebron. The terrorists planned to kidnap and murder Israeli citizens in an attack similar to that carried out in June 2014 against three yeshiva teens in Gush Etzion. The cell was in the advanced stages of planning, according to the Shin Bet, and had reached the point where cell members had begun to prepare a place to store the bodies of abduction victims.

The Shin Bet investigation revealed the cell was comprised of three Israeli residents who lived in Jerusalem, and three members who lived in the Palestinian Authority-controlled section of Hebron.

All six members of the cell have been taken into custody.

The Shabak investigation discovered that over the past few months the six cell members had been looking at caves and digging up several plots where they planned to hide the dead body of their kidnapped victim. They were going to use two vehicles, with the Israeli member of the cell driving the kidnapping vehicle, since his Hebrew is good enough to allay suspicion. They planned to murder their victim and bury the body, then negotiate for released prisoners in exchange for it.

Mehar Kawasma, 36, a resident of Hebron, was the leader of the cell. He had served two years in Israeli prison for a previous involvement in planning Hamas terror activities.

After the Israeli members of the cell had been arrested, Kawasma started to produce explosives with the remaining members, in the hope of carrying out a mega-attack in a civilian center. They purchased fertilizer and tried to make explosives but did not succeed.

Jewish Press Staff

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