Posts Tagged ‘Shin Bet’

Israel: Folterstaat

Dienstag, Februar 26th, 2013

“Israel foltert jungen Familienvater zu Tode

Arafat Jaradat ist tot. Der israelische Inlandsgeheimdienst Shin Beit folterte den 30jährigen Familienvater im Gefängnis Migiddo im Norden Israels solange, bis er am Samstag an den Folgen starb. Botschafter Salah Abdel Shafi fordert eine internationale Untersuchungskommission, um die Schuldigen zur Verantwortung zu ziehen.

Arafat Jaradat

“Systematische Misshandlungen und Folter stehen in Israel auf der Tagesordnung. Versuche seitens der israelischen Regierung, diese zu vertuschen, ebenfalls. Doch nach dem grausamen Foltertod von Arafat Jaradat kann Israel sein doppelzüngiges Spiel nicht mehr fortsetzen. Auf der einen Seite erklärt es sich zu einem Rechtsstaat mit einem freiheitlichen demokratischen Verständnis, auf der anderen Seite lässt der Staat palästinensische Häftlinge in seinen Gefängnissen gezielt foltern.

Das palästinensische Volk ist den grausamen Machenschaften der israelischen Besatzungsmacht schutzlos ausgeliefert. Der brutale Tod von Arafat Jaradat ist hierfür ein weiteres tragisches und trauriges Beispiel.

Ich fordere die internationale Gemeinschaft und insbesondere die Bundesregierung dazu auf, den Foltermord an Jaradat explizit und in aller Deutlichkeit zu verurteilen sowie zu der Gründung einer unabhängigen, transparenten und nachhaltigen Untersuchung seines Todes beizutragen.

Alle Unterzeichner der Vierten Genfer Konvention stehen heute in ihrer Pflicht, diesem Vertragswerk gerecht zu werden und das palästinensische Volk zu schützen. Wer, wenn nicht die internationale Gemeinschaft als Initiatorin des Verhaltenskodexes, kann den jenseits des Rechts stehenden Staat Israel zur Rechenschaft ziehen.”


Der 30jährige Arafat Jaradat wurde am 18. Februar 2013 von der israelischen Besatzungsarmee verhaftet. Der zweifache Vater, der mit seiner Ehefrau ein drittes Kind erwartet, berichtete bereits am 21. Februar seinem Anwalt Kamil Sabargh, dass er über Stunden und unter Folter verhört wurde. Am selben Tag verlängerte ein israelisches Militärgericht seine Haft um weitere 12 Tage. Am 23. Februar starb er an den Folgen der extremen Folter.”


(Quelle: Palästinensische Mission in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.)

Palästina: Fatah bat Israel laut WikiLekas um Angriff auf die Hamas

Dienstag, Dezember 21st, 2010

“WikiLeaks hints at Israeli-Palestinian cooperation

Fatah asked Israel to attack Hamas: Wikileaks

Members of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’ Fatah party asked Israel to attack rival Palestinian movement Hamas in 2007, diplomatic cables leaked by whistleblower WikiLeaks show. The latest batch of cables quote the head of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency as telling U.S. officials that ‘demoralized’ Fatah officials in the Gaza Strip had asked for help against the growing strength of Hamas.

‘They are approaching a zero-sum situation, and yet they ask us to attack Hamas,’ Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin told U.S. officials. ‘They are desperate.’

He went on to praise his organization’s ‘very good working relationship’ with Abbas’ security service, which he said shared with the Shin Bet ‘almost all the intelligence that it collects.’

‘They understand that Israel’s security is central to their survival in the struggle with Hamas in the West Bank,’ he said during the June 2007 meeting.

The disclosure could embarrass Abbas and his Fatah movement, which Hamas has accused of working with the Israelis. Abbas’ standing among Palestinians has already been weakened by his failure to make progress in peacemaking with Israel.

Palestinians have a complex relationship with Israel, pursuing peace talks on the one hand but considering it an enemy on the other, because of its occupation of the West Bank and its settlements there. Collaboration with Israeli security is seen by Palestinians as an onerous offense.

The Israeli Security Agency is reviled by Palestinians for its sometimes deadly raids on militant targets and its often harsh treatment of Palestinian suspects. Although Israeli and Palestinian security forces are known to cooperate, the tight coordination described by Diskin could further weaken Abbas.

Diskin is also cited opposing a U.S. proposal to supply ammunition and weapons to Fatah, fearful that Hamas might get its hands on them instead.

The message did not suggest that Diskin foresaw Hamas wresting control of Gaza from Fatah. It paraphrased him as saying that while Hamas was dominant in the Gaza Strip, it ‘is not yet strong enough there to completely destroy Fatah.’

In fact, Fatah forces were routed from Gaza in just five days of fighting.

The Shin Bet had no comment on the newly released memo. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.

Since the takeover, Abbas’ Palestinian Authority has ruled only the West Bank, leaving the Palestinians with two rival governments.

An official with Abbas’ government played down the information, saying ‘information-sharing between us and Israel is limited to field information that serves our security and the interest of our people.’ He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter with reporters.

Hamas not surprised

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said he was not surprised to hear about the cooperation.

‘This is proof of what Hamas has said in the past, that there has been a division of labor between some elements of the former authority in Gaza and the Israeli occupation,’ Barhoum said. ‘The same situation is taking place right now in the West Bank as well.’

The just-released memo is not the first to indicate cooperation between Israel and Abbas’ West Bank loyalists.

A June 2009 diplomatic message cited Israel’s defense minister as asking Fatah before Israel’s January 2009 war in Gaza whether it wanted to assume control of the territory once Israel defeated Hamas.

Fatah rejected the offer, according to the memo from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. An Abbas aide denied there were any prewar consultations.

Abbas’ international prestige is tied to the quest for a peace deal. Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings and pelted southern Israel with thousands of rockets, maintains that nothing can be gained by negotiating with Israel.”

(Quelle: Al-Arabiya.)

Israel: Menschenrechtsaktivist gefoltert?

Freitag, Mai 28th, 2010

“Arab activist accused of spying on Israel

Jonathan Cook, Foreign Correspondent

NAZARETH, ISRAEL // A leading human rights activist from Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority was charged yesterday with the most serious security offences on Israel’s statute book, including espionage.

Prosecutors indicted Ameer Makhoul, the head of Ittijah, an umbrella organisation for Arab human rights groups in Israel, with spying on security facilities on behalf of Hizbollah after an alleged meeting with one of its agents in Denmark in 2008.

Mr Makhoul, who had been held incommunicado by Israel’s secret police, the Shin Bet, for much of the time since his arrest three weeks ago, appeared in court and pleaded not guilty.

In his first public statement, he told the court: ‘The Shin Bet controls the Israeli justice system.’

As a gag order was lifted on the case, his lawyers said Mr Makhoul had been tortured during his detention, including being told by interrogators that they would leave him ‘disabled’. The three lawyers said he had been forced to make a false confession, which they would argue was inadmissible.

Mr Makhoul’s arrest had angered many in Israel’s Palestinian minority, nearly a fifth of the population, who suspect he is being persecuted for his leading role in promoting internationally the boycott movement against Israel and his prominent opposition to Israel’s attack on Gaza nearly 18 months ago.

He has been backed by human rights groups abroad, including Amnesty International, which declared him a prisoner of conscience and accused Israel of ‘pure harassment’.

Mr Makhoul’s brother, Issam, a former MP for a joint Jewish-Arab party, told Israel Radio yesterday that Mr Makhoul had been threatened by the Shin Bet back in January 2009, shortly after he organised protests against the Gaza attack. The Shin Bet had told him that they would frame him and ‘make him disappear’, Issam Makhoul said.

Mr Makhoul’s wife, Janan, who saw her husband in court for the first time since he had been arrested, said he was in constant pain and had impaired vision. She added: ‘He is very exhausted and he told me about the torture he underwent in his interrogation. Thirty-six hours without sleep tied to a chair stuck to the floor.’

Mr Makhoul, 52, is charged with assistance to the enemy in a time of war, conspiracy to assist an enemy, aggravated espionage and contact with a foreign agent. According to the indictment, he passed on ‘strategic intelligence’ to Hizbollah agents on at least 10 occasions via encrypted e-mails.

Mr Makhoul is alleged to have provided details of the locations of two Shin Bet facilities, a Mossad office, a military base and a Rafael armaments factory, as well as trying unsuccessfully to gather information on the security arrangements of Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, and Ehud Barak, the defence minister.

A senior Shin Bet officer told the liberal Haaretz newspaper: ‘Part of the information that Makhoul transferred could be delivered by anyone with a pair of eyes and Google Earth [a computer program providing satellite images]. But Mr Makhoul, as an Israeli Arab, has freedom of movement and access across Israel.’

Prosecutors also accused him of passing on the names of six Israelis as potential spies and providing analysis of trends in Israeli politics and society.

Hizbollah, prosecutors suggested, was especially keen to learn about its success in hitting Israeli security installations with rockets during the summer war in 2006.

In a related case, Omar Said, 50, a pharmacologist and political activist, was charged yesterday in a Nazareth court with contacting and transferring information to Hizbollah after meeting an agent in the Sinai resort of Sharm El Sheikh. He denied the allegations and said he too had been forced into making a confession.

Hassan Jaja, a Lebanese businessman living in Jordan, is alleged to have initiated contacts between Hizbollah and Mr Said and Mr Makhoul.

The Adalah legal centre, which represents Mr Makhoul, said his indictment was based on a confession extracted during nearly two weeks in which he was denied a lawyer, kept in a small isolation cell, deprived of sleep and food, and shackled in a painful position to a small chair.

The combination of methods, known in Hebrew as the ‘Shabeh’, created high levels of mental stress and acute, continuous physical pain, said Abir Baker, a lawyer with Adalah.

The interrogation method violates international law and was banned by Israel’s supreme court in 1999.

Issam Makhoul said the family was concerned that the court had denied his lawyers the right to see a medical report from a state physician who visited him twice during his interrogation.

Ms Baker said recent amendments to Israel’s security laws had given the Shin Bet ‘dangerous powers’ to deny suspects the right to see a lawyer for up to 21 days, with limited judicial oversight.

She said, during periods when suspects could not see a lawyer, interrogators were more likely to use illegal torture methods.

A report by The National in January 2009 supports Issam Makhoul’s claim that his brother was threatened in an earlier Shin Bet interrogation. Mr Makhoul told the newspaper at the time that a Shin Bet officer ‘called me a rebel threatening the security of the state during time of war and said he would be happy to transfer me to Gaza’.

Mr Makhoul’s case, said Mohammed Zeidan, head of the Human Rights Association in Nazareth, had left everyone in Israel’s human rights community ‘afraid’. ‘The Shin Bet wanted to take him out of the game and they have succeeded,’ he said. ‘Amir has been disappeared.’

On Wednesday, in a related development, the parliament passed the first reading of a ‘loyalty bill’, introduced by the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, that would strip anyone found guilty of espionage of their citizenship.”

(Quelle: The National.)

Siehe auch:

Israel Must End Detention of Human Rights Defender Ameer Makhoul and Cease Harassment of Organizations

Israel: Neues im Fall Anat Kamm

Dienstag, Mai 25th, 2010

“Former IDF soldier accused of espionage: My testimony is inadmissible in court

Anat Kamm, suspected of passing secret army documents to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau, claims her admissions in spying case were obtained through false promises

By Ofra Edelman

Anat Kamm, accused of delivering classified army documents to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau, claims her admissions in the case are cannot be used in court, as they were obtained through false promises, her lawyer said yesterday. Avigdor Feldman said after the hearing at Tel Aviv District Court that he would request an exclusionary hearing to decide on the matter. He said his client was ‘promised that she will not be brought to trial if she returns all the materials in her possession. This promise was broken.’

Later, in an interview with Channel 10, Feldman said that the promise was implicit, but that Kamm was told this was not a criminal investigation, and that she did not need to consult a lawyer. He also said it wasn’t made clear to Kamm she had the right to remain silent.

Kamm’s attorneys, Feldman and Eitan Lehman, also asked the court to postpone their response to the indictment, as they have yet to receive investigation material relating to Uri Blau. The district court panel, headed by Judge Nurit Ahituv, ruled that Kamm must respond to the charges by July 1, and that testimony will be heard in December.

The judges also decided not to hold the entire trial behind closed doors, but that each hearing will be decided on individually, according to the witnesses who will take the stand and the content of their testimony. Yesterday’s hearing was held behind closed doors, but its content was subsequently released for publication. As the evidentiary stage is now being postponed by seven months, Lehman said the defense will probably submit a new request regarding the conditions of Kamm’s house arrest.

Feldman also complained about what he said was a discrepancy between the treatment of Kamm and of Blau by the authorities. ‘She wanted to give back all the documents and ends up on trial. Blau, by contrast, gave back only some of the documents, and yet she’s being made into a spy.’ Lehman said that once they receive all the materials in the case, they will be able to understand why Kamm was treatedly differently from Blau.

Kamm declined comment on the charges, only noting she felt good being outdoors after being under house arrest for five months, and said she hoped that it will be all right. Her mother Ada told reporters that her daughter acted foolishly all along and trusted people she shouldn’t have trusted. Of Blau’s remaining abroad, Kamm’s mother said she was sure London was more comfortable than Tel Aviv.

Kamm is charged with obtaining classified documents during her army service. She is believed to have collected as many as 2,000 documents, some of them top secret, and to have handed them over to Blau, who used some of them in reports for Haaretz.”

(Quelle: Haaretz.)

Israel: Repression gegen BürgerrechtlerInnen

Dienstag, Mai 11th, 2010

“Israel seeks to silence dissent

Repressive practices long used in the West Bank and Gaza are now being used to limit civil liberties within Israel

Last Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, a Palestinian community leader’s home was raided by Israeli security forces. In front of his family, the wanted man was hauled off to detention without access to a lawyer, while his home and offices were ransacked and property confiscated.

While this sounds like an all-too typical occurrence in West Bank villages such as Bil’in and Beit Omar, in fact, the target in question this time was Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and head of internationally renowned NGO network Ittijah.

After being snatched last week, Makhoul’s detention was subject to a court-enforced gagging order, preventing the Israeli media from even reporting that it had happened. This ban was finally lifted yesterday, as Israeli newspapers were being forced to report on angry protests by Palestinians in Israel without explaining the specific provocation.

It turned out that another Palestinian citizen of Israel, Balad party activist Omar Said, had also been arrested, and interrogated by the Shin Bet since the end of April. Now, both Makhoul and Said are to be charged with espionage and ‘contact with a foreign agent’ – namely, Hezbollah. On Monday night, hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Haifa to protest against what they call ‘an escalating campaign to crack down on Israel’s Palestinian citizens’.

The gagging order recalls the Anat Kam case, where for several months it was forbidden to report that the former soldier was under house arrest and being investigated by the Shin Bet for ‘leaking classified military information’. The facts about Kam were first circulated by bloggers and campaigners, something repeated in Makhoul’s case (including this Facebook group).

The night raids, interrogations, and charges are not isolated incidents – indeed, Makhoul had been prevented from (…).”


(Quelle: Guardian.)

„Sohn der Hamas“ – Eine Rezension

Dienstag, April 27th, 2010

“Mosab Hassan Yousef ist ein gefragter Mann bei CNN, BBC & Co und gibt auch deutschen Magazinen gerne Interviews. Grund ist sein autobiographisches Buch „Sohn der Hamas‘, in dem er seine schier unglaublich klingende Lebensgeschichte erzählt. Und die geht kurzgefasst so:

Mosab wächst als Sohn eines Gründungsmitglieds und ranghohen Führers der Hamas im Westjordanland auf, leidet wie seine Mitmenschen unter der israelischen Besatzung und den regelmäßigen Verhaftungen seines Vaters, wird als Jugendlicher immer radikaler und verspürt mit 18 Jahren den Wunsch, Israelis zu töten. Dafür versucht er stümperhaft an Waffen zu kommen. Er wird aber übers Ohr gehauen und bekommt für sein Geld funktionsunfähiges Material. Dieses verunglückte Waffengeschäft wird ihm zum Verhängnis, denn er bespricht das Problem mit seinem Komplizen am Telefon. So fliegt er auf und wird von Israel verhaftet. Er landet in verschiedenen Gefängnissen und wird von israelischen Soldaten und Gefängniswächtern schwer misshandelt und erniedrigt. Nach einem grausamen Aufenthalt im Untersuchungsgefängnis Moskobiyeh, wo er erstmals Kontakt zum israelischen Inlandsgeheimdienst Shin Beth erlangt, wird er in das Gefängnislager Megiddo geschafft, wo er mit Hunderten anderen Gefangenen seine Haftstrafe absitzt. Wegen des abscheulichen Umgangs der Hamasleute untereinander überdenkt Mosab seine Haltung. Noch im Gefangenenlager reift sein Entschluss, mit Israel im Kampf gegen den Terrorismus zusammenzuarbeiten. Es beginnt eine spektakuläre Agentenmission zur Zeit der Zweiten Intifada, die darauf ausgerichtet ist, Selbstmordanschläge und andere Gewalttaten gegen Israel zu verhindern, aber zugleich auch ihm nahe stehende Personen, wie seinen Vater, vor der Liquidierung zu schützen. Parallel zu dieser Umorientierung sagt er auch dem Islam ab, wendet sich dem Christentum zu und lässt sich schließlich taufen. Kein Wunder, dass dieser sensationelle Lebenswandel für globales Interesse und Aufmerksamkeit sorgt und einen enormen Erfolg des Buches garantiert (…).


(Quelle: Naher und Mittlerer Osten – الشرق.)