Shin Bet: Jewish Terrorists Out to ‘Violently Overthrow’ Israeli Government

By IMEMC | – –

Israel’s domestic security agency Shin Bet, on Thursday, cautioned that a Jewish terror organization is seeking to “violently overthrow” the Israeli government, Israeli media reported.

Israeli soldiers at the Israeli outpost of Achiya near the Palestinian village of Duma on Aug. 4, 2015, a week after a deadly arson attack on the Dawabsha home. (AFP/Manahem Kahana,File)
Israeli soldiers at the Israeli outpost of Achiya near the Palestinian village of Duma on Aug. 4, 2015, a week after a deadly arson attack on the Dawabsha home. (AFP/Manahem Kahana,File)

Israeli media across the board described the public statement issued by the security agency as a rare response to actors who have slandered the Shin Bet in a campaign to defend Jewish extremists responsible for a fatal arson attack on a Palestinian home last summer.

Suspects belonging to a Jewish terror organization, on July 31, set the home of the Dawabsha family ablaze, killing an 18-month-old baby immediately.

The infant’s parents later died from severe burns.

“A Jewish terror organization has been under investigation recently, whose activity is suspected to include serious terror attacks that endangered life and harmed religious sanctity and property,” the Shin Bet statement said, according to Israeli media.

Shin Bet claims that the group adheres to an extreme, “anti-Zionist” ideology and has set itself the goal of violently overthrowing the Israeli government.

“The terror attacks that are suspected to have been carried out by the organization led to, among other things, the murder of three innocent Palestinians. This contributed to instability in the region and worsened the security situation,” the agency added.

The statement came hours after lawyers representing the suspects held a press conference accusing the agency for using methods of torture during interrogation, accoridng to Ma’an.

Concerns among the Israeli public, as well as the international community of the rising influence of extremists on policies of the Israeli government have been voiced repeatedly in past months.

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on Wednesday denounced Israel’s failure to prosecute the suspects responsible for the Dawabsha arson attack as effectively condoning violent behavior of Israeli settlers.

“When it comes to Jewish criminality or terrorism against Palestinian victims, the legal system in Israel seems to fall apart,” the PLO official said in a statement.

Via IMEMC

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Related video added by Juan Cole:

i24 News from last August “The Problem of Jewish Extremism – A Shin Bet Perpective”

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  1. “………..lawyers representing the suspects held a press conference accusing the agency for using methods of torture during interrogation…….”

    There have been numerous angry Jewish right-wing protestors demonstrating in front of the home of the Shin Bet intelligence service director over these allegations of torture:

    link to timesofisrael.com

    Shin Bet has long been accused by human rights watchdog groups of engaging in interrogation methods that are in violation of international law as to Palestinian detainees, including children.

  2. We’ve been hearing for years from right wingers that whenever Palestinians capture settlers attacking Palestinians or their property on video, it is just Pallywood trickery. And we’ve been told over and over again that we can’t believe Palestinian complaints that Shin Bet tortures them because–well, because they are Palestinians. Now the right is complaining with big crocodile tears that the Shin Bet is an evil organization because (gasp), it uses torture. Or more specifically, it is applying its techniques against Jews. What the right has inadvertently done is validate Palestinian complaints that Shin Bet uses torture against them. For if you believe that Shin Bet ONLY uses real torture against Jews while giving Palestinians the comfy chair, you are in LaLa land.

    It is very hard to muster much sympathy for the right-wing when torture visits them when they are so happy to cover up or excuse torture against Palestinians. It’s called Karma. This is what they have built up. Now they are reaping what they have sown.

    Of course, I hope torture against EVERYONE is stopped. But so long as Shin Bet tortures suspected Palestinian terrorists, then it is only fair for suspected Jewish terrorists to get a taste of their medicine as well.

  3. The settler movement is the creation of Zionism, and pre-dates the Israeli state. It then was turned by the state into its weapon of ethnic cleansing. The rulers need to create an ever more hateful environment to get enough enough votes to cling to power despite their incompetence and corruption, but that hatred makes their Frankenstein monster more uncontrollable. Like the KKK, it is the dark hand of the plantation owners, but the owners refuse to take responsibility for its crimes.

    • Exporting the Ultra Orthodox to East Jerusalem and the West Bank was a giant strategic error entered into within a month after the 1967 War. It is having precisely the opposite effect sought in Europe and the U.S. It is forcing them to act in ways unanticipated by Israel.

      Arming the settlers was causally connected and also a strategic mistake by the Israeli government.

      Forcing the Ultra Orthodox into IDF infantry training was another.

      Clinging to the use of force, massive, unanswerable force, as the answer to the Palestinian problem and systematically misrepresenting its actual purpose was an even worse strategic blunder.

      The impact of these ideologically driven decisions had obviously not been thought through competently by Israeli politicians who were and remain historically inexperienced in the art of democratic statecraft.

      Nor has the long range impact of their presumptuous American policy which is obviously unsustainable regardless of how many right-wing Zionist billionaires put their shoulders to the wheel, and that’s not to speak of the tremendous unsolicited burden on us which the lamentable history of the persecution of Jews in Europe does not justify.

      • Non-profits in the U.S. have donated 220 million dollars in financial support for West Bank Jewish settlements, including legal aid to Jewish terrorist elements.

        Investigative reporter Uri Blau of the Israeli periodical Haaretz had revealed the money trial in a recent article published just days ago in Israel:

        link to haaretz.com

  4. Edited version:

    “Shin Bet has long been accused by human rights watchdog groups of engaging in interrogation methods that are in violation of international law as to Palestinian detainees, including children.”

    International criminal allegations against apparent Israeli torturers can easily be sorted out with full due process as to the facts, law and logic in the International Criminal Court.

    By now there must be thousands of formerly incarcerated Palestinians who can testify under oath to personal experience under the rogue regime in Israel. Patterns of torture repeated over and over again for decades can support convictions of senior administrators in the system even if they weren’t hands on tormentors in the dungeons.

    Why the delay? Do Israelis have an inherent right to torture Palestinians in what are as to the latter foreign prisons because their ancestors were once abused by other racist ideologues on another continent?

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