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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Nov. 21, 1995, V3, #212
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Nazi Captain Deported to Italy
A former Nazi army captain accused of one of the worst massacres in
Italy during World War 2 has flown to Rome to be tried for the
crime. Captain Erich Priebke, 82 was taken to an Italian plane at
an Argentine airport under heavy guard after saying confession to
a Roman Catholic priest at his home. The former nazi captain will
be tried on charges he took part in the slaying of 335 Italians in
caves near Rome in 1944. The Germans shot the victims in reprisal
for the killing of 33 German soldiers by Italian partisans.
Settlers Accuse Security Police of Instigating Violence
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Right wing Israeli groups are accusing the government of using its
security service to agitate against settlers and other opponents,
in the wake of reports of a connection between the security service
and one of the men accused of advance knowledge of the plan to
assassinate Yitzhak Rabin. The government calls such charges
Reports by several Israeli news organizations indicate that one of
the men arrested in connection with the Rabin murder worked as an
informant for Israel's Security Service.
The man, Avishai Raviv, was arrested after the killing, and later
put under house arrest at his parents' home. In recent days, Raviv
has been connected with several of the most extreme actions carried
out by militant jewish groups, including the production of a poster
depicting Rabin as a Nazi, a filmed swearing-in ceremony for Jewish
activists committed to using violence to reach their goals, and a
false claim of responsibility for the murder of a Palestinian in
the West Bank.
On Monday, leaders of several right wing Jewish groups held a news
conference to charge that Raviv carried out those activities as an
agent for the Security Service, working on behalf of the Labor
Party government to try to ruin the reputation of legitimate
They further allege that while the government has said harsh right
wing rhetoric created the highly-charged political atmosphere in
which the murder took place, it was in fact the government's own
agents who were engaging in the most extreme, provocative rhetoric.
Elyakim Ha'etzni is a member of the Council of Israeli Settlers in
the West Bank and Gaza. "He (Raviv) has been acting not as an
informer but as an agent-provocateur, with actions on his part and
his friends, inciting to all sorts of violence, including murder.
So the question is asked, what is the connection between our secret
services and the political interests of the Labor Party, which were
served blatantly, flagrantly by one of their agents?"
Ha'etzni claims that the government used the Security Service and
Raviv to try to "delegitimize" the opposition and potentially to
make it easier for the government to forcibly remove settlers from
the West Bank in case it decides to do so at a later stage of the
He and other right wing leaders who appeared Monday say the
government at the very least could have stopped Raviv from taking
the actions he took. And they demanded that the State Commission
of Inquiry into the Rabin murder investigate whether the Security
Service might even have directed those actions.
Israeli government spokesman Sheldon Shulman denies the charge.
"That I can categorically deny. These individuals were not agents
of the Israel police or of any other security agency, they were
private individuals. It has to be clearly understood that even an
informer employed by any police department has not control over
the activities, the illegal activities of its informants and
doesn't even rely often to a great extent on the information that
it receives. So to impute from the fact that someone is an
informant that the police department for whom he worked had control
over his actions, or should have known about other things that he
was doing or his colleagues were doing, is completely unjustified."
The revelation of Raviv's connection to the Security Service has
been followed by a report Monday in Israel's largest-circulation
newspaper that the confessed assassin himself also had such a link.
Yediot Aharonot says the gunman, Yigal Amir, was trained by the
service in how to use weapons before he was sent to Latvia several
years ago to work as a Hebrew teacher. The newspaper says his real
job was to protect the Jewish community there.
Security services never talk about their inner workings, and
conspiracy theories are easy to devise and difficult to prove.
But the latest series of revelations, accusations and denials in
the wake of the Rabin assassination shows the continuing sharp
rifts in Israeli society, and provides still more grist for the
State Commission of Inquiry, which held its second day of hearings
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