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Sept 27, 1994 Volume 2, #175 / /\__/_/\
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Commentary: Is Rabin Capable of Ordering Torture for Jewish Settlers?
By Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
There have been reports of human rights violations by
the Israeli Security Services (GSS). It is very important to know
the whole truth, because in such an issue, we, the right-wing,
must be very careful not to blunder. Is it true that they are
torturing Jewish settlers? Are they really covering their heads
with bags and punching them repeatedly? I don't know. If they did
do such a thing, it is outrageous.
In my days, no such things ever happened. I was the one
gave the order to arrest the Jewish underground then. (Then, it was
definite that the underground existed.) Later on, I helped them get
out of prison. I liked them (and that is why I helped them get
out) but, when they erred, I punished them. However, it was
forbidden to torture them.
In my days, the GSS did not deal with Jewish prisoners
same as it did with Arab prisoners. The methods which the GSS are
reportedly using against the Jewish detainees today are methods
used against ruthless Arab murderers.
In any case, it is imperative to know the truth. In
days I have been counselling the people who come to discuss this
controversy with me. I advise them to engage lawyers and that they
should investigate everything.
I don't know the truth of what goes on in the GSS today.
hard for me to believe what is being reported, but today everything
is possible. Rabin is capable of ordering the use of such torture.
As for the charge that the GSS are left-wingers, that is
true. There is neither a Left nor a Right in the General Security
Services. The GSS has always had a tradition of not involving
itself in any politics, even if they receive an order from the
prime minister to get involved. They were trained not to
discriminate against anyone because of their political views. This
is the way it was all along. But I am not familiar with what goes
on there today.
One thing is certain--when those who were arrested were
in custody, the security authorities said that the charges against
them are very serious-- that they were being investigated as to
whether they shot three Arabs. Now they say that the investigation
is centering on whether they intended to shoot Arabs. This shows
that the Security Services did not act correctly. First they
announced that they were dealing with actual murder, and now they
admit that these detainees might have only spoken about
"intentions." That doesn't mean that it was something serious. It
could very well have happened that a boy came along all heated up
saying, "We have to organize some sort of a revenge act, etc."
There are even rabbis who, at times, get all excited and say, "We
have to kill all the Arabs." That doesn't mean that they are
actually going to do it.
Psychiatrist Took Child to Israel, Police Say
By Tim Pallesen (Palm Beach Post Staff Writer)
Palm Beach Gardens psychiatrist Sheldon Kalmutz left the
country by flying with his children to Israel last month, said a
police detective who has questioned an orthodox rabbi who counseled
Kalmutz, 66, purchased tickets for daughter Amanda, 5;
Jonathan, 2; and himself on El Al Israel Airlines for the August
21st flight, according to ticket records subpoenaed by Palm Beach
Police assisting the children's Korean born mother have
investigated claims by local rabbis that Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui, a
local orthodox leader, may have counseled Kalmutz on how to hide in
Israel's orthodox Lubavitch settlements.
Detective Michael Sheetz said Palm Beach Gardens police
prepared arrest papers to charge Kalmutz with custody interference,
a felony, if he returns to this country. Police have no plans to
charge Ezagui with a crime, he said. Sheetz said his investigation
shows that Kalmutz planned his Israel trip "thoroughly for several
months" without his wife's knowledge.
Oksun Kalmutz was left without money or shelter. She has
given temporary housing by Temple Beth Ezagul David of Palm Beach
Gardens while trying to retrieve the children. The Kalmutz family
worshiped together until two years ago at Temple Beth David, a
conservative congregation. The husband then joined the orthodox
Chabad House in West Palm Beach, according to Ezagui, its rabbi
Ezagui says he counseled Kalmutz as his rabbi. But Ezagui
would not answer police questions about Israel or the whereabouts
of the Kalmutz children Sheetz said.
"People discuss a lot of things," Ezagui said of his
with Kalmutz."I don't want to shed any light on our personal
conversations." Other rabbis believe Ezagui educated Kalmutz about
the Lubavitch, where congregants strictly adhere to orthodox
teachings. Mrs. Kalmutz said her husband enrolled their son,
Jonathan, into Ezagui's day school without her permission.
But Rabbi David Goldstein of Temple Beth David said
didn't adhere to a strict observance of the Sabbath as the
Lubavitch requires. Goldstein doubts that Kalmutz was sincere in
his interest in orthodox teachings. "Kalmutz seems to have been
planning so he could hide in a Lubavitch," said Goldstein. "The
Jewish community is outraged by what's happened here in the name of
religion," said Rabbi Howard Shapiro of Temple Israel in West Palm
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