In recent days, Israel’s secret police, the Shin Bet, secretly arrested a foreign national for unspecified security breaches. My Israeli source reveals:
The suspect is Adam L., and he is not an “Arab.”
Given his first name, I assume that he is a westerner. The case is under gag order and cannot be reported inside Israel.
I contacted numerous Israeli human rights NGOs including HaMoked, ACRI and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, and individuals with extensive knowledge in such matters. Not a single person responded with any information. Either the Shin Bet has lowered a shroud over this case, or Israelis are even more cowed than usual by the rampant racism and hate boiling within Israeli society.
It is extremely unusual for the security services to arrest a non-Israeli for security breaches. The last known case was a poor Iranian shlub the Shin Bet alleged was a spy for the Ayatollahs. From my coverage of the case, the guy couldn’t find his way out of a paper bag, let alone be a master spy. But it was awfully convenient for Israel’s domestic spy agency to discover an Iranian spy under its very bed. Works wonders on the collective anti-Iran hysteria in Israel.
After a year in prison, the Iranian accepted a plea deal for eight years in prison. Not that this means he actually committed any illegal acts. But when faced with decades in prison under the threat of a sure conviction, men tend to compromise their convictions. This is the power of the legal apparatus in service to the national security state.