Prisoner X was Mossad Agent Ben Zygier ~ by Richard Silverstein (Updated)

Tikun Olam | תיקון עולם | Richard Silverstein | Febr 12, 2013

Yossi Melman's censored report on Mossad agent, Ben Zygier

Yossi Melman’s censored report on Mossad agent, Ben Zygier

Back in 2010, I reported that Israel had arrested an unidentified individual, and imprisoned him in total secrecy in an Israeli jail.  The cell he occupied had once housed Yigal Amir.  Even his jailers didn’t know who he was.  His jailers apparently did a lousy job of monitoring Prisoner X, as he was called and he hung himself from a bar in his cell.  In December 2010, Australian Jewish media reported that Ben Zygier had died in Israel and was to be buried in Melbourne’s Jewish cemetery.  There was little spoken about the cause of death.

Now Australia’s ABC network blows open the story (transcript here).  Prisoner X was not an Iranian general, as my Israeli source reported to me at that time.  He was a Mossad agent named Ben Zygier, age 34 with two small children and an Israeli wife.  Yossi Melman, reporting in Walla (the report is displayed here, but has been censored and removed by the military censor) says no one knows why he was imprisoned, but that it must have involved a crime that endangered the existence of the State of Israel.  That’s a pretty hefty sentence even for security-obsessed Israel.  This has to mean he was involved in an act considered treason.  It might possibly involve selling secrets to an enemy power.  Jonathan Pollard comes to mind in the U.S. context.

Ben Zygier, Australian-Israeli Mossad agent disappeared by the security services into an Israeli prison, where he committed suicide.

Ben Zygier, Australian-Israeli Mossad agent disappeared by the security services into an Israeli prison, where he committed suicide.

The ABC report makes clear that Zygier was essentially disappeared by security forces.  This is common for Palestinians charged with security offenses, but extraordinary for an Israeli Jew.  One of the few previous incidents that is comparable is the disappearance and secret imprisonment of KGB spy, Marcus Klingberg, by Israel for over ten years.  Clearly, Zygier did something akin to the “crimes” of which Klingberg was accused.

I will update here if/when I can get my Israeli source to find out more about what Zygier’s alleged crime was.

The ABC report says that Zygier also used his Australian passport in the process of his espionage efforts.  This report says that he also had an Australian passport in the name of “Ben Allen.”  As Australian foreign minister Bob Carr noted, this would violate numerous Australian laws.  It also brings to mind the Mahmoud al-Mabouh case in which Australian passports of Australian-Israeli citizens were used by the Mossad to create false passports for Israeli agents who assassinated the Hamas weapons merchant.  This incident caused an enormous amount of embarrassment for Israel among all the western governments whose citizens were exploited.

Ben Zygier was the son of Geoffrey Zygier, the executive director of the Victoria Jewish Community Council and one of the leaders of the Melbourne Jewish Community.  The family and the deceased’s friends all refused to cooperate with the ABC broadcast as did Israeli reporters who were approached.  Since it specifically mentions Yediot as denying assistance, I’m guessing this means that Ronen Bergman was the culprit.

Since Yossi Melman published his Walla piece just before airtime I’m guessing that Melman participated in reporting of the story in some way and was rewarded with a scoop.  Unfortunately, his report ran afoul of the censor and Israeli’s can no longer read it there.  But they can here.

The case raises extraordinary questions for the Australian government.  What did it know about this when it happened?  Given that Zygier was likely an undercover spy, it would appear Australia was limited in what it could do.  But how often do you have a country’s citizen imprisoned in secret in another country only to commit suicide there?  This just begs 1,000 questions in terms of what the Kevin Rudd government knew and when it knew it.

The case will also drive further wedges between Australia and Israel in that it will show that the Mossad continues to abuse the passports of its allies.  Israel also, according to Australian authorities neglected to notify it that an Australian citizen was jailed and had died in Israeli custody.  This is a minimal standard that all nations adhere to in such circumstances.

Indeed, Haaretz’s main headline today is:

Prime Minister’s Office convenes urgent meeting of media editors
Purpose: To request common action in preventing the publication of the embarrssing story
Government source: the invitation arose from exposure of the details this morning abroad

A word now about the error in my own reporting.  My source was told by an Israeli intelligence official that the dead man was Ali Reza Asgari.  In hindsight, it appears this was a ruse designed to throw the media off the scent of the real story.  A similar thing happened recently with the Fordo story, which also turned out to be a diversion to cover up Israel’s planned attack against Syria.  The Asgari red herring was a particularly dumb diversion since it elicited a furious response from Iran, which threatened to bring the matter before the United Nations.  In fact, Yossi Melman was furious with me for my role saying I’d endangered the security of Israel by drumming up needless hostility with Iran.  What he didn’t know was that it was an Israeli intelligence source who’d done this and was to blame.

Thanks to all those who contributed in various way to reporting this story, but especially to Sol Salbe, who started things off.  This is a critical story, a critical enterprise we’re engaged in here.  We must make Israel aware of this story.  Please don’t forget to support this effort with a contribution.  You may use the Paypal or WePay (for tax-deductible gifts) buttons.

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Ben Zygier, Dead Mossad Agent, Arrested for Compromising Covert Iran Operation, Dubai Assassination?

Tikun Olam | תיקון עולם | Richard Silverstein | Febr 14, 2013

ben zygier graveBen Zygier: doomed Mossad agent sacrificed on the altar of national security and expediency (Reuters)

This is video of the ABC Australia news show, 7:30, which dealt with the Zygier case.  I was interviewed for it and some portions of that interview are laced throughout the program.

The reporting of the past few days in Israel and Australia has caused me to rethink some aspects of the Ben Zygier case and develop a theory of what happened to this tragic individual.

The thoughts and theories below are based in part on Jason Koutsoukis’ 2010 report which first referred to Ben Zygier’s cover being blown by Australian intelligence. The Fairfax Media reporter has also expanded his coverage in the past few days with new information that fills out the picture. In Israel, reporters have interviewed Avigdor Feldman, who may’ve been the last civilian to see Ben alive. Feldman adds important elements to the story I’m going to tell. But what isn’t in these reports will be my informed speculation about what likely happened and how and why this tragedy unfolded.

Ben Zygier was a mid-level Mossad operative. Part of his work involved rather mundane intelligence activity recruiting Iranian and Saudi intelligence assets on the Monash University campus; and securing Australian passports for his travels to Iran and other countries hostile to Israel.

But another aspect of his work involved more complicated derring-do.  Koustoukis revealed in 2010 that Zygier worked for a mysterious European company that sold computers and other technical equipment. He also reported that Zygier used his passports to travel repeatedly to Iran, presumably to sell such equipment.

Sheera Frenkel, writing in the Times of London, says it was a company based in Italy. Given Israel’s known activities infiltrating Iranian nuclear plants, this business would have exported to Iran equipment the Mossad hoped would end up in criticial infrastructure where they could be used to sabotage various military facilities. Alongside legitimate commercial shipments it could easily have shipped materials like bombs or related material necessary for sabotage operations.  While there, Zygier could conceivably have even physically facilitated some of the assassinations or acts of sabotage that Israel has been responsible for.

The Australian reporter’s story two years ago compromised not just Zygier, who the Mossad would’ve have immediately recognized from reading the story, though his real name was not used; it would’ve potentially compromised the entire European export operation. This likely would’ve been a project months, if not years in the making. The equipment it sent to Iran was likely part of a much larger campaign aiming to sabotage critical Iranian industrial and military infrastructure.

Frenkel also raises another important fact: Israel informed Australian intelligence it had arrested Zygier eight days after the Dubai police informed the world it knew the twenty-seven Mossad agents who organized the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabouh. She believes the arrest was related to this disastrous outcome for the Mossad. Either Zygier had mistakenly compromised the identities of the agents through an inadvertent error. Or more darkly, perhaps Zygier was stricken with conscience over the fact that his acts of passport fraud (in obtaining Australian passports four different times under different assumed names) was exploited to murder another human being.

This development may or may not have been facilitated by those contacts Zygier had with Australian intelligence. Knowing Australian-issued passports had aided in the murder, the intelligence agency would’ve desperately wanted to know how that happened, who did it, and why. If they found out from Zygier, it’s entirely possible they shared this information with Dubai.  Or perhaps the other way around, the Dubai police may’ve shared this information with Australian intelligence, which may’ve led them to Zygier.

Though we don’t know to what extent he actually did compromise the Dubai agents or the Iran commercial operation, the Mossad would’ve reacted with genuine, desperate alarm. That’s why it would’ve recalled Zygier, questioned him and, if it didn’t like the answers he offered, arrested and imprisoned him.

One important question is to what extent did he cooperate with Australian intelligence. Was he turned? Did he become a double agent? Or did he reveal information accidentally to them? Another possibility: did the Australians manage to convince him that his activities violated his moral conscience or endangered the world’s security in ways he hadn’t previously conceived?

As I said in an interview on Australian TV last night, I lean toward the latter theory (and I do this in part based on information given to me by a source who has several degrees of separation from the victim’s family). Ben was 34 years old, married only a few years before to an Israeli woman with whom he had two girls, one of whom was born only four days before he allegedly committed suicide. He was raised in suburban Melbourne as the son of a one of Australia’s most prominent Jewish families. He attended Jewish day schools and the Zionist youth group, HaShomer HaTzair. He attended college and studied law. He led a cultured, comfortable existence in Australia.

Then he made aliya. We have to assume he did this out of patriotic Zionist motives. Friends who knew him in the 1990s (before making aliya) said he seemed somewhat lost and unsure of what he wanted to do in life. His approach by the Mossad might’ve seemed like a boon to him–to have given his commitment to Israel a direction and purpose. What better way to devote oneself to one’s Zionist ideals than to serve Israel and protect it through service in the Mossad.

But after serving for some years and seeing what he was asked to do and having the Australians offer him a narrative that pointed out ways in which he was damaging world security, he may’ve developed a different perspective. One report I read today even claimed that Zygier was prepared to become a whistleblower or to cooperate formally with Australian intelligence when he was arrested. This prospect would’ve been a huge red flag for the Mossad.

Betrayal from within is the thing that spy agencies fear most. For Israel it would’ve been doubly damaging because it would show that spies who are dual-nationals are subject to being “turned” back by their native homeland’s intelligence. It would undermine Mossad’s major project of recruiting Jews in Anglo nations like the UK, U.S. and Australia. Recruits from these countries mingle freely in the world without drawing undue suspicion.  They are valuable assets in foreign espionage operations, as Zygier was. For all these Mossad dual nationals to see one of their own either afflicted with a moral crisis or deliberately being turned by Australian intelligence could demoralize or compromise their own commitments to the Israeli spy agency.

Mossad and Shabak had to deal with Ben Zygier firmly and definitively.  His interrogators would’ve sought to throw the fear of God into him–to intimidate him into both silence and accepting a prison sentence that would remove him from any situation in which he might further damage Israel’s interests. That would be why he was disappeared inside the Israeli prison system; why he was isolated; hermetically sealed off from outside human contact.

Such draconian treatment would’ve shocked Zygier, given that he’d have grown up in such comfortable circumstances. Shabak interrogations, even when they don’t involve the physical torture meted out to Palestinian security suspects, would be harrowing and degrading. They would cause him to question himself and his future. In fact, Avigdor Feldman specifically reveals that the inquisitors told the detainee that he would never see his family again, that they would turn on him as a traitor to his people, that he would become persona non grata among his fellow Australian Jews:

“His interrogators told him he could expect lengthy jail time and be ostracised from his family and the Jewish community. There was no heartstring they did not pull, and I suppose that ultimately brought about the tragic end.”

Such a form of psychological excommunication would have to weigh heavily on such a person.  But would that drive him to the extreme step of suicide? Uri Misgav, writing in Haaretz, expresses doubt that a man whose daughter had been born four days before would decide to take his own life. This presumes that Zygier would’ve known he had a new daughter. If I was the Shabak, this is news I would not want him to know unless I was using it as a form of blackmail or pressure. But if he did know, I would find it hard to believe he would kill himself. The guilt of abandoning such a vulnerable new being would make such an act taboo, I would think.

If he did not commit suicide, why would the Shabak have killed him? The day before he died, Zygier met with Feldman, who was consulting with the suspect about whether to accept a plea bargain offered by the State. Misgav says that Zygier, after discussing the pros and cons was inclined to go to trial and take his chances. The Shabak never wants security suspects to go to trial. In 99.9% of cases, the victim agrees to a plea bargain. They do so because they face a defined prison sentence whereas if they take their chances on a trial they may face life in prison.  Such a form of Russian Routlette, saves the intelligence services the potential embarrassment of having to reveal operational weaknesses, errors and even negligence or worse. All these secrets are far better left in the dark than exposed before judges in a trial.

In this case in particular, the spy agency would’ve wanted to avoid such exposure even more. It had imprisoned an Australian citizen who may have become a double agent for that country. The victim had knowledge of extremely sensitive security operations involving Israel’s paramount enemy, Iran; and possibly one of its most disastrous intelligence failures, the Dubai hit. If it was convinced there was no chance of avoiding a trial, and it was convinced these operations would’ve been compromised in that event, it is conceivable the security apparatus might’ve determined it was better rid of Zygier.

To be clear, I’m not saying definitively that this is what happened. I’m only saying I can conceive of it happening just as I can conceive of his committing suicide. The forensic investigation by the Israeli coroner should’ve been able to determine what really happened. The formal determination was suicide. But it’s entirely possible this was a finding it was directed to make by the security services; or that the murder might’ve been concealed in precisely the way Israel hid its assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabouh. In that case, it used a rare drug that killed while mimicing a heart attack. Israel’s chemical-biological weapons program is expert at wielding such weapons to eliminate enemies. Such drugs in the past have also killed (in at least one instance inadvertently) Israeli citizens suspected of espionage.

In summary, I think Ben Zygier was a victim of circumstance. The wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time. I don’t think he was a master spy. I don’t think he planned to sell Israel’s most sensitive secrets. I think he was a young man who became trapped by his own misjudgments, helped along by Israelis and Australians who sought to use him for their advantage or to cover their tracks once he was exposed.

I think he was a victim of a national security state used to sacrificing individuals, even its own citizens on the altar of the collective good. I think he died because his interrogators were prepared to do whatever it took to neutralize him as a threat. He died because, as Uri Misgav wrote, the three judges in his case sacrificed due process and the rule of law on behalf of the secret police. They prostituted the law they were sworn to uphold for a perverted notion of national loyalty.

Though Ben Zygier is but one man, what happened to him is much greater than any one person. His death throws the inadequacies of Israel’s political, judicial and security system into a harsh light. They reveal that Israel failed Ben Zygier. It failed in recruiting an idealistic, confused young man who should not have become a spy. It failed once he had become a vulnerability in throwing him to the wolves.

Till now I’ve spoken mostly about Israel. But Australia factors into this story as well. Given that the Australians pressured Ben to give them information and possibly recruit him as a double agent, why did they essentially abandon him to his fate once arrested. Foreign Minister Bob Carr, after misspeaking egregiously initially in claiming his ministry had no idea of Zygier’s arrest, later said his government had been informed. But apparently the embassy official who received this information didn’t pass it along to Canberra. This seems a patently false claim. No foreign service officer would receive such critical information and keep it to himself.

Carr is trying to cover asses. But it ain’t gonna work.

Further, he claims the family never asked for assistance from the government, therefore it couldn’t intervene. Again, nonsense. If you know a potential intelligence asset of your side who is also your own citizen is behind bars in a foreign country, you abandon him? You don’t fight for his life? What sort of country is this?

I could conceive of the possibility that Zygier ultimately rejected the entreaties of Australian intelligence. Therefore, once caught they might’ve deliberately cut him loose. It would be callous, but one could conceive of a country’s intelligence agency doing this.  Of course, once such callousness was exposed there would be all hell to pay, as I hope there will be for everyone who facilitated this tragedy in any way.

A reader suggested I include links to all the posts I’ve written about Prisoner X and Zygier to enable reviewing my coverage of the case all the way back to 2010:

The Strange Case of Mr. X, the Prisoner With No Name
Israel’s Mysterious Mr. X, Prisoner With No Name is Alleged Terrorist
Israeli Human Rights NGO Demands Accounting of Mr. X
Daily Telegraph Breaks Case of Mr. X
Iranian General Murdered in Ayalon Prison?
Israel’s Prisoner, Mr. X, is Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Abducted by Mossad
Prisoner X Was Mossad Agent, Ben Zygier
The Lonesome Death of Mossad Agent, Ben Zygier
Zygier Visited Iran Undercover for Mossad, Recruited Saudi, Iranian Students at Australian University



  • Febr 12, 2013 | Disappearing articles and the dead prisoner affair (‘Mr. X’): A timeline – 972 Mag
  • Febr 12, 2013 | Australian named as Israel’s ‘Prisoner X’ – Maan
  • Febr 13, 2013 | Israel breaks silence on ‘Prisoner X’ – Al Jazeera
  • Febr 13, 2013 | Prisoner X: A false-flag agent? – 972 Magazine
  • Febr 13, 2013 | Why Israel will continue trying to keep ‘Prisoner X’ a secret – 972 Magazine
  • Febr 13, 2013 | ‘Prisoner X’: Censorship and gag orders in the age of new media – 972 Magazine
  • Febr 13, 2013 | Report: Zygier worked for Mossad front in EuropeYnet (hasbara)
  • Febr 13, 2013 | Israel acknowledges ‘Prisoner X’ existenceYnet
  • Febr 13, 2013 | Secrets revealed: Australian Mossad agent “hangs himself” in Israeli jail – Al Akhbar
  • Febr 14, 2013 | Israel publishes some details as Australian spy mystery deepens – Maan
  • Febr 14, 2013 | PrisonerX case: ACRI asks State of Israel to scale back sweeping gag order. Letter in full and in English – Acri Online
  • Febr 14, 2013 | ‘Bibi stifled media over Prisoner X’  – PressTV
  • Febr 14, 2013 | Lawyer: Israel’s secret prisoner was charged with “grave crimes” | Al Akhbar
  • Febr 14, 2013 | Zygier ‘planned to expose deadly use of passports’ – Brisbane Times
  • Febr 14, 2013 | Israels Filthy World Of Espionage, Organized Terror And Secret Prisons – Kawther Salam
  • Febr 15, 2013 | Kuwaiti report: Zygier took part in Mabhouh hit – Ynet
  • Febr 15, 2013 | Cover-up of Mossad agent’s arrest and suicide inflames publicity – Jews For Justice for Palestinians
  • Febr 15, 2013 | ‘Prisoner X linked to Hamas chief murder’ – PressTV
  • Febr 15, 2013 | Did prisoner X really commit suicide? – MEMO
  • Febr 15, 2013 | Mystery Australian’s next-of-kin seek compensation from Israel – Maan
  • Febr 16, 2013 | Australian government complicit in “Prisoner X’s” death in Israel – Source
  • Febr 16, 2013 | Why would Israelis murder Prisoner X? – Source
  • Febr 17, 2013 | Israeli PM wants noise turned down on Prisoner X case – ABC
  • Febr 17, 2013 | Netanyahu backs Israel’s spies as Australian mystery simmers – Maan
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Shin Bet Kept Zygier’s Wife Under Surveillance Long After His Death – Richard Silverstein – Tikun Olam Website


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What is hidden even more

These lists, do not display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all?

The Rockets from Gaza Excuse

The Facts
So you only read melodramatic stories about home made unguided firecrackers flying from Gaza, zionism magnifying the flares untill the average ignorant thinks we’re talking 12 meter high nuclear head detonation (chemical nuclear or toxic) loaded warhead carrrying long range missiles.

While in fact, the “TENS OF THOUSANDS ROCKETS” which are allegedly “launched” by Gaza are non detonating, non guided and seldom hit any target at all regarding the alleged number of “rockets” we can easily state it is more a matter of high unlikely a Gaza rocket hits anything at all even more unlikely the chances it will kill.

Total Deaths from Qassams and mortars within Israel as from 2001 according to the “Israel Project”: 21 in 10 years

So let’s behold, the tens of thousands rockets which allegedly were launched: They killed 21 people if internationals counted as well, including Palestinians 29. 29 death from 10′s of thousands of rockets in 10 years, and 29 too many too.

To retaliate these deaths Israel commits the following attacks (kindly notice, all related posts are covered by media, reports and international organisations:

The Counterfacts

Gaza Under Israeli Attacks – Timeline Military Operations on Gaza
For all attacks all over Palestine check the Category → Attacks
For all attacks and violation of Law and crimes against → Children
For all attacks commited by (Illegal Colonists) → Settler Violence
For all attacks on Gaza’s Fishermen at sea → Fishing Under Fire
For all attacks on Press to prevent u see Truth → Attack on Press
For all assassinations by Israel → Assassinations
For all kidnap attacks by Israel → Kidnapping & Abductions
For all unlawfull incursion attacks by Israel → Incursions
For all massacres by Israel → Massacres & Genocide

So you did read in worldwide newspapers and media about a home made flare or “flying” from Gaza towards the occupied desert?

But you never read about the DAILY attacks by army, airforce, navy, police, intelligence, undercover agents AND settlers which happen on land from the air and from and on the sea in Gaza as well as in the West Bank? The tens of thousands rockets from Gaza killed as said 29 people inside occupied territories in 10 years.

Aside 10′s of Thousands rockets did hit 29 people they only hit The Israeli Qassam Rocket counter and Israeli (influenced media which is 96% of worlds media)

Your media did not cover it:
Israel detonated the 1st bomb ever in the diaspora & introduced terrorism: Learn a/ Menachim Begin

Neither about the fight of Real Judaism against Zionism which older than Israel itself, read the
130 Year record of jewish opposition against zionism

Even Einstein warned for it. Real Smart Jewish people know and knew
Einstein’s Letter Warning Of Zionism/Facism In Israel

For the sceptics: It was published in the New York Times
Original scans from microfilm of NYT Dec 4, 1948

Einstein’s letter to the Stern terror gang when it solicitated him to raise fund in the US

But #US is keeping the facts from the people, serving Israel and silencing while The power of lies, deceptions and disinformation as Americans pay the price of collective stupidity which is funneled up by their gov’t. Silencing the facts the giv’t knows too well:
The Facts US is aware of and hiding for you

But Checkpoint Washington is like Bibi explains
Netanyahu: ‘America is a thing you can move very easily’

Now we behold the real cost of human lives which has 2 sides

  • Deaths due violent attack
  • Deathd due to passive aggression (so called avoidable mortality)

This year 2011, Israel killed 239 people with direct violence
Siince the year 2000, Israel killed 1472 children
This year only, Israel killed, in Gaza only: 19 children, wounded 200 by shelling | Report

Deaths at Checkpoints
You only hear of death or possible death at a checkpoint, when a pregnant American reporter get’s forced 3 times after eachother to go through the X-Ray at a checkpoint.
Only than, media makes a little noise about possible (!) danger for the foetus. 18.000 women a year develop complications due to this policies and 35 children have died since start of monitoring of the effects of obstruction or entrance to medical aid

Avoidable Death of Pregnant women & their Unborn at Israeli Checkpoints – incl video
71 Palestinian Women Forced to Labor at Checkpoints-Israelis Deny Women Access to Hospitals, Clinics

Obstruction to medical aid or infringement of aid cost many lives in Palestine:
B’tselem Report | Death due to infringement on humanright of medical care: 2000 -2011

(This list only displays the direct reported effects of death by policies or denial to healthcare, while te real avoidable mortality rate due to deliberate deprivation of basic needs is much higher.)

For a comparision: During the Holocaust 1 in 6 Jewish people died due to deliberate deprivation of Nazi policies, causing death of 1 million Jewish people. A warcrime. Remembered every year. And this is justified to remember people which are slain in the awful Nazi war

Aside from the number of deaths in Palestine, it is widely silenced that Israel not only in Palestine cause many deaths, but also in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and beyond.

From 1967-2005 0,5 Million Palestinians died due to all other factors causing avoidable mortality or so called excess death

If you have no idea about the effects of deprivation meet Baby Firas:
Baby Firas – video

Or read about the effects of cuts of electricity for example for patients in need of dialysis:
Since 2007, 67 patients in need of dialysis or other treatment unavailable in Gaza have died

While International Law states:

Geneva Convention

Articles 55 and 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention clearly establish that Israel, as the occupying power, not only has a duty to ensure medical supplies reach hospitals in the OPT, but to ensure and maintain the services of the hospitals too. As High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions, other states not only have a moral duty but also a legal obligation to ensure Israel abides by its commitments to the protected population of the OPT.

UN Convention of the Rights of the Child

As a States Party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Israel is obliged under Article 24 of the treaty to recognise the right of every child under its effective jurisdiction “to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. States Parties shall strive to ensure that no child is deprived of his or her right of access to such health care services”.

In deliberate deprivation for Israel is refusing to lend a permit for repairs, supplies or denies entry of fuel:
Murder by denying repairs or materials to arrange basic life sustaining needs

That is is deliberate targeted to Palestinians may be proven by the fact that Israel donates streetlights to African countries to prevent traffic deaths, but demolishes ‘Imneizils (by Spain funded) solar systems which also provide the hospital, schools and the whole village of basic electricity needs:
If Israel would be able to “turn off” the sun above #Palestine, It would” ~ in pictures

Israel floods dams deliberately in Gaza, or deprives Gaza of repair materials for the aquifier (which also not works without power by the way) Causing only 5% of the water is fit to drink.
A fact which is known by world authorities on WHO since 2006.
Water-borne diseases cause 26 %of Illnesses

But Israel has become exactly as those it feared and hated once themselves. Than it accused beginning of December 2011 Ireland for being the most hostile country in the EU, because it compared Israeli soldiers to Nazis. You make the comparision. Judge for yourself:
HaShoah versus Al Nakba – in pictures

Or worse, it even kills life before it is born and “shows off” zionism proudly, the trophy pictures Israel does not want you to see:
The New Abu Ghraib – Israel’s own “Trophy Pictures” – in pictures

Israel is laying an illegal siege on Gaza, and even has
Policies to near starvation which it tried to prevent from leaking out

Forcing people (like in many wars) to smuggle:
Since 2006 over 160 Palestinians have died in tunnels

We need not to discuss assassinations are deliberate caused deaths:

To create the “State of Israel” about 77 massacres were committed: Here’s a list:
All Israeli Massacres – in Palestine only

And the genocide still goes on every day without your media covering it:
Daily updated list of Massacred Palestinians

Silence about the
Oct- Nov 2011 massacre on Gaza

Media silences
The Aug 2011 in Gaza massacre and no government condemned it

Retaliation 4 something it NEVER DID
Israel hiding evidence

Only during Cast Lead war in Gaza, Israel kiled
Over 1500 of which over 352 children in just 22 days time from dec 2008-jan 2009
The Names of the 352 Children slained by Israel in 22 days

Israel having cruel policies when not kill, to invalidate, the Rabin Herecy since the First Intifada: The Breaking Bones policy:
Literally breaking the law (and bones) with their own hands – video

Deliberate extermination by neglect:
Slow death’ [is] the Israeli system for exterminating prisoners

More than 200 Palestinians died in Israeli prisons due to the illegal Israeli policies of medical negligence since Israel occupied the rest of Palestine in 1967.
Several Palestinians were shot and killed by the arresting soldiers and officers.

Since the beginning of the Occupation in 1967, over 750,000 Palestinians have been arrested by Israel. Almost 95% of them have been subjected to some form of torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
Since 1967, over 105 documented torture techniques have been used by Israel. At least 66 Palestinians have been tortured to death.

Israel itself adopted by enactment in March 2011 a mine clearance law, but only valid as it seems for Israeli grounds, for Golan is still paved and remaing 1 million personell mines stay in the soil of Palestinian occupied teritories
Those mines costed only for example in Golan (by Israel occupied Syria) 16 deaths
Many more deaths Israel caused by the left behind in for example Lebanon

Unexploded ordinances, also are a common (!) danger throughout Palestine, where daily invasions of Israeli forces often result in explosives, ordinances and tank shells that are (deliberately) left behind.
It is often children who are the victims of these unexploded ordinances, as they are naturally curious and drawn to the strange objects left by the army.

Not to forget, the kind of weapons Israel uses: US funded White Phosphorus, GBU-39 Bunker Busters with 75kg depleted uranium each, DIME, toxic, and other chemical warfare like CS gas (which last killed the first protester of this year 2011 Jawaher Abu Rahma on Jan 1 2011)
Special Topic: Israel’s Weapons a Crime on Humanity
More footage of Israel’s arsenal of weaponry

As you can read in the previous post these weapons not only kill instantly but also have long term risk effects for health, can cause diseases and/or death in the end. (even in Egypt and Israel itsaelf)

Only(!) during the war 2008-2009, Gaza police have put the weight of weapons dropped on the Strip by Israel during the war two years ago at over 3000 tons.

Tahseen Saad, head of the police force’s explosives engineering unit, indicated that a lot of the weapons used were illegal under international law. Occupation forces used different types of bombs with the most significant ones weighing between 150 – 500 Kg. Most controversial weapons were/are used including white phosphorous bombs which are illegal to use in populated areas.

Furtheron Israel used an assortment of missiles, such as anti-tank guided missiles, against civilians and their vehicles. Israeli army used bombs that dispersed red smoke made up of explosives and tungsten. When the bomb is dropped it sprayed a liquid which creates fog and in less than a second it disappears and the bomb explodes.

Reminder that Israel also murders people in Gaza by remote control: Israel’s video game killing technology . These drones which fly 24/7 365 days a year over Gaza/West Bank as well for several purposes like espionage,
Remote killing technology & surveillance but also precise and remote “liquidation”

The effect of the weapons is not limited to killing. Weapons containing materials that are forbidden under international accords, such as phosphorous, tungsten and uranium, spread cancer in the targeted population, destroy nature and cause terrible burns and amputations. Some of the consequences, like foetal abnormalities, are not immediately apparent.

So next time you see Israel telling, they had another rocket “attack” remember it has the most advanced Iron Dome system which indeed intercepts missiles if there are any REAL ones.

Remember also. Gaza… does have no dome at all. No iron dome, and no dome of Human Rights. It is indiscriminately bombed by F16′s, surveilled and attacked by drones, shelled by tanks, shelled & bombed by navy ships, from coast or at sea, and invasions on the land occur almost daily.
All the above is just a fraction of aggression regarding to the presumptions about the so called waves of rockets from Gaza and to put this into a more realistic perspective.

This is by no means a complete overview and this list can be made exhausting if we go name all passive and direct aggression, oppression in any way imaginable which Israel or it’s settlers impose on Palestinians.

The Right to Self-Defense of Palestine

For who does still not understand the (need or concept of) resistance of Palestine recommended read:
The Eagle of Palestine

The Palestinian Right of Self-Defense against this disproportional power and agression of ” Israel”
Palestinian right to fight occupation not only moral, but legal as well ~ by @myaguarnieri

The average civilian in Palestine has no more of self defense than a stone he or she can throw.
24 Years ago Palestinians massively engaged in civil disobedience and we’re heavily suppressed, which happens even today. Even last friday a unarmed civilian protester Mustafa Tamimi was murdered by the Israeli army. There is still not even evidence he even had a stone.

Overview ▶ With surgical precision Israel shot Mustafa Tamimi & deliberately delayed aid. He died. – pictures & videos

And remember

The First Intifada | انتفاضة – in pictures
24 Years later Palestinians living under occupation for 64 years now, still only have a stone, and some flares while the daily disproportional violence and aggression of the occupier, the collective punishment and the daily oppression and exiling is influencing 11 Million Lives in Palestine but most still outside, unable to return to their home.

While International Law – Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

UDHR Art 13(1)
“Everyone has the right 2 freedom of movement & residence within the borders of each state”

UDHR Art 13(2)
” Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country”

UDHR 17:(2)
“No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.”

UDHR 20(1)
“Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.”

UDHR 20(2)
“No one may be compelled to belong to an association.”

UDHR Art 9:
“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”

UDHR Art 5:
“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

UDHR Art 3:
“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person

UDHR 15:1
“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

All of the Human Rights above, are not valid in Palestine. Just because Israel unilateral decided Palestinians have no rights at all, of no kind at all. Even when this means they pretend to be a Jewish state, violating not even international law, regulations, but also every divine law.

Something to ponder about…
For who not sees or who’s eyes are still closes. IOA has become exactly and even worse than those, they feared and hated once themselves. Using the same atrocities, policies to oppress, ethnically cleanse and eradicate human beings. Creating a new Shoah (Holocaust) for the Palestinians in 1948 with Al Nakba, and sustaining it by hasbara and the world’s ignorance or at least those not using their own mind to reconsider the realistic facts. So Hasbara in 16 words explained:

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it…”
~ Joseph Goebbels

…will be updated of course with related news or relevant counter “cyber truth ammo”. Stay Human, stay safe and Free Palestine!

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