June 1, 1987 |
The Cabinet voted Sunday to establish a judicial inquiry into charges that the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security organization, uses physical and mental coercion, bordering at times on torture, to interrogate prisoners and obtain forced confessions.
September 28, 1987 |
A Muslim army officer who served more than seven years in prison after being coerced into a false confession of treason and espionage sued the government for damages Sunday. Lt. Izat Nafsu of the Circassian ethnic minority, who was freed by the Supreme Court in May after serving 7 1/2 years of an 18-year term, presented his suit for $820,000 to Atty. Gen. Yosef Harish.
May 18, 1987 |
Izat Nafsu's Circassian ancestors were Muslims who left their home in the northern Caucasus Mountain region more than 100 years ago and settled in northern Galilee. When the state of Israel secured its political independence in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the Galilee Circassians, despite their religion and background, sided with the Israelis. Their sons served in the Israeli army, mostly in front-line fighting units. They were always considered supremely loyal to the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1987 |
It was with great relief and surprise that Israelis greeted last Sunday's Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Muslim army officer who had been imprisoned for espionage and treason largely on the strength of forced confessions. The release of Izat Nafsu, who had served 7 1/2 years of an 18-year sentence, left many of us Israelis thinking "at last, justice was done"--a cliche, but a welcome truth.
May 25, 1987 |
Israel's Supreme Court, in a landmark decision that could have a profound impact on this nation's internal security apparatus, ruled Sunday that a Muslim army officer convicted of treason six years ago was innocent and that the evidence against him was fabricated.
October 31, 1987 |
For 16 years, Israel's General Security Service routinely used "physical pressure" against suspected terrorists and then lied about its methods in court, according to a government inquiry commission that Friday called for the agency to undergo a "purification process." The security service, popularly known by its Hebrew initials as the Shin Bet, is particularly active among Palestinian Arabs in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.