Abu Seesi Kidnapped by Mossad and Now in Israel’s Shikma Prison
B’Tselem and HaMoked have helped me track down Dirar Abu Seesi, after his kidnapping by the Mossad in Ukraine on February 18th. I reported earlier this month that he was in an Israeli prison. Now my NGO friends have tracked him down to Shikma Prison, near Ashkelon, where he is being held. Initially, he was held in the Shabak detention center Petah Tikvah, which would mean the Mossad handed him off to the Shabak once he landed on Israeli territory. Petah Tikvah is where they do the really bad stuff to you if you’re a Palestinian security detainee.
Now that he’s in Shikma, he has a public defender as his attorney.
I believe if there ever was a gag on this story it has probably been lifted. Otherwise, the NGOs wouldn’t have been able to access the information above.
Israel must be made to explain how a resident of Gaza can be kidnapped by the Mossad in a sovereign country and then smuggled back to Israel and imprisoned there. I can’t imagine how many violations of international law this entails, but it’s got to be a lot. What possible justification can Israel offer that would explain kidnapping him in a foreign country? After Israel kidnapped the Iranian Revolutionary Guard general Ali Asgari in Istanbul in 2006, violated the sovereignty of Dubai to assassinate Mahmud al-Mabouh last year, and murdered several Iranian nuclear engineers over the past few years, it again thumbs its nose at the notion of national sovereignty.
Further, it’s shameful that Ukraine appears to have had some level of complicity in this. Otherwise, why would its police have denied the story that two individuals claiming to be security officials removed Abu Seesi from a train the night he was kidnapped?
We still do not know with what the Gaza civil engineer is charged.
By the way, just in case any Israelis wish to disparage the country’s human rights NGOs, this is an example of precisely why they’re crucial to Israeli “democracy” such as it is. Without them, Abu Seesi might just as well have disappeared into the maw of the secret police.
Now will some Israeli publication finally pick up this story and report it for God’s sake!!
For any Russian speakers, here is a new Russian-language blog called: Where’s Dirar?
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This case isn’t just a measure of how arrogant Israel has become, it’s also a timely warning of how fragile democracy and the rule of law are in the former Soviet Union. The central Asian former Soviet states are worse than this, though, almost beyond description.
If it were impossible for Ukranian citizens to disappear off the streets without explanation, it wouldn’t be so easy for Mossad or anyone else to grab a visitor to the Ukraine without an immediate hue and cry.
The lesson is clear:
“undemocratic” Dubai has more concern for the life and rights of foriegn visitors than “democratic” Ukraine.
It is also a reminder, if reminder were needed, about Israel’s disdain for Int’l law. My recollection of G-4 is that “protected persons” are required to be imprisoned (after regular trial, of course) inside the occupied territory (in which they are “protected”).
Of course, where, as here, “extraordinary rendition” has occurred (not American this time but israeli) it might be argued that he was not IN OPTs and was therefore not ‘protected”. But while that argument may work for him, it doesn’t work for the other 10,000 Palestinian prisoners and who knows how many Lebanese prisoners held as hostages (another “no no”) by Israel?