Diplomacy & defense

Amiram Ben-Ouliel, 21, was named as the central suspect in the murder of the three members of the Dawabsha family at the Palestinian village of Duma in late July
Informers allegedly used to press suspects of Jewish extremist violence to give details of crimes

The Israeli government created a mock prison designed to elicit confessions from Jewish suspects of extremist violence, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, Israel fabricated an entire prison facility, including Jewish and Arab prisoners, prison guards, and inmate violence, in an elaborate scheme to obtain information about clandestine Jewish militant activity.

For the purposes of the ruse, a facility in Acre that is not used for imprisonment was transformed into a mock detention center, Haaretz said. According to witnesses, the process began with a suspect being put in a cell with an older and calm prisoner and a second, more emotional one.

After a few days, an incident is orchestrated. One version involves a hallway stabbing of a prisoner, after which an investigation is begun to locate the knife, while in another, the stabbing investigation is replaced with a drug probe. At this point, the informers posing as prisoners begin pressuring the suspect to provide information to prove loyalty.

Testimony seen by Haaretz showed that the approach paid off in some cases. But the newspaper asked whether a line had been crossed that breached suspects' right to silence.

In one case, a minor who confessed to involvement in the Dawabsha family murders in Duma was not brought to court for a remand hearing so he would remain in the simulated prison.

In another case, a minor was put in a cell with adults who presented themselves as hardened criminals. It is illegal in Israel to imprison minors in the same cell as adults. The drug bust script was used in this case.

The boy's cellmates then started demanding to hear why he was there and repeatedly attempted to elicit information, claiming they had to know if they could trust him. When the youth said he had attacked an Arab three years earlier, one of the informers scoffed and said he had 900 Arabs.

"Give me something serious," he said, according to Haaretz, insisting that the youth confess to an act that was verifiable. The youth ultimately confesses to setting a Palestinian home on fire, setting a fire in Dormition Abbey, and more. He later claimed in court that he confessed because he was afraid for his life.

Amiram Ben-Ouliel, the primary defendant in the Dawabsha case, told an informer that he had killed an Arab's sheep and beat an Arab so severely he required hospitalization, but did not refer to the Dawabsha murders.  


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  • Neil Gordon
    March 29th 2016 - 05:04pm

    And the British army are such angels, Michael?

  • Michael Farmer
    March 29th 2016 - 04:51pm

    "This sounds rather like the fatah,P/A and Hamas tricks of disregarding the laws for confessions. If this 'ruse' is true, surely the confession/s will not be acceptable in a court of law!"

    You didn't mention the US, who along with Israel use torture as a means of obtaining information.

    "acceptable in a court of law"? Are you seriously suggesting that 'the good guys' Israel and America give two hoots about justice in a court of law? .... just look at America's justice avoiding plea-bargain scheme!

  • James Spackman
    March 29th 2016 - 11:09am

    This sounds rather like the fatah,P/A and Hamas tricks of disregarding the laws for confessions. If this "ruse" is true, surely the confession/s will not be acceptable in a court of law!

    A report by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor documented 1,391 cases of Palestinians arbitrarily arrested by the two Palestinian parties, Fatah and Hamas, in 2015.

    Systematic torture in Palestinian prisons in the West Bank and Gaza Strip was documented in the report -- at least 179 cases of torture in Palestinian Authority (PA) prisons in 2015.

    The PA security forces are trained and funded by several Western countries, including the US. This establishes a direct line between these Western donors and the arbitrary arrests, torture and human rights violations that have become the norm in PA-controlled prisons and detention centers.

    The report also revealed that the Palestinian Authority regularly disobeys court orders by refusing to release detainees, showing contempt for its courts and judges.

    Before our eyes, two police states are being built: one in the West Bank and a second in the Gaza Strip -- in the face of talk by international parties of establishing an independent Palestinian state. But the last thing the Palestinians need is another police state.

    This ring any bells MR FARMER does the P/A Fatah care a jot about the law?