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Increased Security Ordered for Education Minister Naftali Bennett

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Upgraded security has been ordered for Education Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party, and around his home in Ra’anana, Channel 2 television news reported.

The decision comes following threats received by Bennett after his public support for the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet/Shabak).

Bennett openly expressed support for interrogiation by Shin Bet security of Jewish suspects in the arson murder case involving the death of a mother, father and toddler in the Arab village of Duma this summer.

The minister also publicly condemned “Jewish terror,” which he bluntly said was aimed at toppling the Israeli government and the State of Israel.

Bennett said the threat posed by such extremists is as dangerous to the security of the state as any threat by Arab terrorists and should be treated as such.

Hana Levi Julian

New Conspiracy Theory Suggests Shin Bet Staged ‘Hate Dance’

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Whodunnit?

Were the young men at the “hate dance” at the now infamous wedding invited guests?

Did Jewish extremists crash the now infamous wedding party and hoist guns, a firebomb and knives while stabbing a picture of the Arab baby who died in last summer’s arson-murder attack in Duma?

Or perhaps the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) staged the whole event?

The answer to these questions may depend on whether you believe that the Shin Bet prevented at least one of the suspects in the case from praying with tefillin and lighting Hanukkah candles. The Shin Bet has vehemently denied the allegations, which have not cropped up since, indicating they were entirely false.

It may depend on whether you believe the Shin Bet tortured the suspects, whatever “torture” means.

The latest counter-charge in what has become one of the ugliest Made in Israel sagas since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin alleges that undercover cops crashed the party and staged the hate dance.

That would answer several questions, such as:

How did the “guests” bring in knives and semi-automatic rifles into the wedding hall?

Why was the fate dance filmed?

How did the video get into the hands of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon?

The conspiracy theory, with plenty of reminders of the assassination of Rabin that was preceded by Shin Bet agent Avishai Raviv being filmed with a picture of Rabin in an SS uniform prior to Rabin’s murder, spread like wildfire Sunday.

The owner of the wedding hall reportedly claims that several men in civilian clothes and with security IDs entered the wedding hall towards end of the wedding party.

The entire dance appears to have lasted about a minute or two, with the most horrid scenes being repeated several times in the media.

The father of the groom insists that the “guests” were not invited and that he was in another part of the hall during the hate dance.

On the other hand, a bunch of screwballs sometimes crash a wedding party at the end, do their shtick and leave.

If the conspiracy theory is true, why would the Shin Bet go to such extreme means to discredit the guests? Is the Shin Bet so ticked off at being defamed by allegations of torture and banning prayer that it has to go such extremes just to “get back” at them?

Or perhaps the Shin Bet staged the hate dance so it would have a legal reason to demand the list of guests, giving them on one page the names of what may be the vast majority of some imagined nationwide Jewish terror cell that indeed is damaging the country and could incite a full-scale Palestinian Authority war if not snuffed out to the core.

There also is one side-effect to the latest conspiracy theory. Countless residents of Judea and Samaria have roundly criticized spreading the allegations, not because they are true or false but because they divert attention away from the number on task in Judea and Samaria, and that is to weed out the extremists who are growing under the feet of normal people.

Whatever your answers to the questions, remember one thing: Those who shut up are those who probably are the ones who can be believed.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

‘Torture’ Depends on Whether You Are a Suspect or Witness, Says Lawyer

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Written by Alexander J. Apfel for TPS News Agency.

Torture is not always torture, depending on the definition and who is defining it, according to Tel Aviv-based human rights lawyer Yoram Fay.

He explained to TPS that the legal intricacies are more complex than is often understood by a general public less familiar with international law’s rules of interrogation.

Fay stated:

Torture is a matter of definition. If you lock someone in a cell, he might consider it torture because he can’t leave. But it is legal. It is not comfortable, but to some people this is considered torture.

As long as it doesn’t cause irreversible damage, we would consider it to be a lawful tactic.

He further elaborated on other cases which are often interpreted as torture but in fact are legally permissible, such as depriving suspects of sleep for long periods of time, subjecting suspects to loud music, or placing suspects in a cold room.

Fay added:

It is allowed by law even if the person feels tortured. A long investigation which takes 18 hours might feel terrible and as though you are being tortured, but it is allowed and it is not considered torture. In fact, you are allowed to deprive a suspect of sleep for up to 72 hours.

He said that the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) does not “do things that are real torture” although “normal people” would think that shouting in your face is a form of torture.

The Shin Bet issued a statement on Thursday that all its actions during the case have been verified by the relevant judicial authorities and it rejected the notion of any misconduct. It also denied allegations recently circulated in the media that one of the suspects had attempted to commit suicide.

 

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Three Cops Visit, Warn Man Who Protested Duma Detainees’ Incarceration on Facebook

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

(JNi.media) The protest over the torture of detainees in the Duma village arson case is probably getting to the security forces, who on Tuesday sent three officers to visit the director of the Gush Katif Museum in Jerusalem, Shlomo Bashan. Bashan is married to musician / journalist Karni Eldad, daughter of former MK Aryeh Eldad and granddaughter of the late philosopher and Likud leader Israel Eldad (whose 20th yahrzeit is coming up January 2016). The three cops came down to Bashan’s home in Tekoa, Gush Etzion, to warn him about his recent post on Facebook:

“I will not let this story go under my radar,” Bashan wrote last week. “This coming Saturday (if the boys are not released by then) I will go to Petakh Tikva, to the Shabak facility’s interrogation cellars where the child is imprisoned… I will stand in front of the Shabak building and will try to break in physically, perhaps even by force, to free that child from the hands of his tormentors. That’s what I would do if it was my child. I assume I would be arrested, but I would be doing my duty. If thousands join me, it could strengthen the struggle, at least the struggle over awareness.”

Bashan’s previous encounter with the Shabak was in 2007, two years after the evacuation of Gush Katif, where he lived. After being removed from Gush Katif, he worked as an armed security guard in Jerusalem and spoke strongly against the Prime Minister. After the evacuation, Bashan’s father suffered two heart attacks, and Bashan was heard to say, according to a report on Channel 10 News, “If my dad had not survive the heart attack I was going to take revenge. I was going to kill everyone who uprooted him.” Bashan suffered serious emotional issues at the time and at some point even left his associates a letter titled “I’m going to die, bye.” He later overcame his anger and published a book of poetry about his experiences. Bashan was interrogated by the Shabak back in 2007 as part of the preparation for the Annapolis conference, when security around Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was tightened, for fear that extremists would try to assassinate him.

Bashan wrote Tuesday night on Facebook: “Today three plainclothes policemen came to my home to warn me about a post I wrote on Facebook. I thanked them respectfully for their contribution, expressed my support for their activities on behalf of the security of Israel and condemned all forms of terrorism, and then warned them in return. You don’t torture children to get them to confess in an interrogation. You don’t come to my house to scare me because I cried out in pain and called for protest. Not in a democratic country.”

Bashan continued: “Knowledgeable sources familiar with the judiciary system believe that I was not the only one who received a warning today. Bennett also received a warning call from the prime minister, and immediately issued a post supporting the Shabak.”

“I guess the torture of the children is about to fade from the media coverage. The Shabak was startled by the protest but did not give in, and very soon one of the kids will confess to some murder, no matter what, and a well publicized indictment will be issued against him. Likud and NRP (the precursor to Bayit Yehudi) have turned their backs on the tortured children, most of whom will be released in the coming days,” Bashan wrote.

JNi.Media

Netanyahu Says Shin Bet Doing ‘Excellent Work’

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used the visit of the president of Ukraine Tuesday to go to bat for the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), accused by lawyers for Duma arson-murder suspects of using torture.

Netanyahu publicly stated at the start of his meeting with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko:

ISA Director Yoram Cohen and his people are doing important and excellent work for the people of Israel and for the security of Israel. I find the attacks on them to be unacceptable.

We are a nation of law.

All ISA activity is carried out according to the law and this activity is being carried out under the close supervision and approval of the Attorney General, the Justice Ministry and the courts.

The mother of one minor being held agreed to be interviewed last week by the Hebrew-language Makor Rishon newspaper, and she expressed fears that the Shin Bet’s refusal to allow her son to meet with lawyers, see his parents and be seen by them have made her afraid that they have caused him irreversible damage.

The intensive interrogation has led to claims and counter claims, such as lawyers for the Honenu legal aid organization alleging two weeks ago that authorities did not allow a suspect, or suspects, to light Hanukkah candles and pray with tefillin.

The accusations shocked both religious and non-religious communities and were thoroughly denied several days later.

Prime Minister Netanyahu added in his remarks today:

There is Arab terrorism that we are dealing with and are fighting night and day, everywhere, but, to my regret, there are – from time to time – acts of terrorism that are carried out by Jews and the ISA is also dealing with them. Terrorism from any quarter is unacceptable to us.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Thousands Blocking Entrance to Capital Protesting Shabak Torture of Jewish Youths

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Thousands are demonstrating near the Chords Bridge at the entrance to Jerusalem, in protest of the unwarranted incognito incarceration and torture of Jewish youths and minors by the Shabak. The protesters are blocking the entrance to the city.

Police arrested six demonstrators and a policeman attacked Makor Rishon news photographer Miri Tzahi, pushing her camera into her face. She was taken to Terem medical center. Her face was covered in blood, according to a TPS report.

A protest against Shabak torture in Jerusalem on Dec. 20, 2015. Photo credit: Moshe Atlo /TPS

A protest against Shabak torture in Jerusalem on Dec. 20, 2015. Photo credit: Moshe Atlo /TPS

An account that made it to Facebook on Sunday revealed that one of the minors being allegedly tortured by the Shabak tried to commit suicide by slashing his wrists. The same minor has reportedly begged the remanding judge throughout his time in Shabak’s hands: “They’re turning my arms into a bow and they hold me upside down until my hands start to burn. Each day it gets worse. Give me poison. I can’t take it any more.”

The minor showed the marks of his suicide attempt to the court on Sunday. He was examined by the district psychiatrist who determined that the minor is under emotional pressure as a result of his interrogation. It was also revealed to the court that the same minor was given pills by the prison doctor because he couldn’t fall asleep as a result of the interrogations and the torture.

The minor told the judge: “I am ready to confess to everything, but I can’t explain how. Just leave me alone, damn it.”

The boy requested medical treatment for his back for the stretching and torture he endured. He burst into tears and said, “I can’t take it any more.”

Attorney Adi Keidar from the legal aid society Honenu who represents this minor said in a statement, “Today we presented to the court the hands of the minor where it can be seen clearly that a suicide attempt had been committed, all of it as a result of the torture he is undergoing in the Shabak interrogations.”

“By the end of the day we have been exposed to the continuation of the terrible saga in which we saw clearly today that everything the suspect has been telling us he already told before the court while being prevented from seeing us. He described all those shocking things and no one responded. This is a shocking event that must worry us, the fact that the court system link arms with the prosecution, the police and Shabak.”

The Honenu organization said in a statement on Sunday: The things that were revealed in this case are shocking and terrifying. The responsible elements have crossed all the lines and decided to spill the blood of Jewish children, plain and simple. This is a spiritual eclipse experienced by the State of Israel.”

The Shabak released a statement saying the report was made up and baseless.

Jewish Press News Briefs

21 Arab Fugitives Caught by Israeli Security Personnel

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Israeli security personnel tracked down and caught 21 Arab fugitives in various locations across Judea and Samaria late Monday night and into Tuesday morning. Participating in the operation were personnel from the IDF, Border Guard Police and Judea and Samaria District Police.

Four of the suspects were members of Hamas, who were captured in Hebron.

Two Hamas operatives were caught in Samaria, both in suburbs of the Palestinian Authority city of Tulkarem.

In Judea, five suspects were taken into custody in the village of Daheishe, south of Bethlehem, along the road that was the old Route 60.

In Samaria, suspects were also arrested in the PA capital city of Ramallah, as well as Kalkilya, A-Luban and Dir Abu Mashala, all of which are north of Ramallah.

A total of 21 suspects were arrested overnight, including 16 who were taken into custody on suspicion of participating in violence targeting Israelis. All suspects were transferred to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) for further questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

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