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May 26, 1987 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
Israeli political leaders called Monday for a thorough inquiry into the investigative procedures of the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, following disclosures that its agents falsified evidence and used illegal means to force an Israeli army officer to confess to crimes he did not commit.
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June 18, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
ABU GHOSH, Israel -- Dozens of residents of this Arab village near Jerusalem woke up Tuesday to find their tires slashed and their walls spray-painted with hateful messages, their community the latest target of a series of politically motivated vandalism in Israel. The late-night attack surprised residents of Abu Ghosh, known for its warm, neighborly relations with Jewish communities west of Jerusalem. "Not in our worst dreams did we imagine this happening here,” said city official Issa Jaber.
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January 10, 1996 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gen. Ami Ayalon, former commander of Israel's navy, has been named the new head of Shin Bet, Israel's secret service, Israel Radio reported today. It was the first time that Israel has publicly named the head of the organization. Ayalon, 49, will replace the outgoing head of Shin Bet, known publicly as "K," who resigned Monday after accepting responsibility for failing to prevent the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Shin Bet agents were guarding Rabin on Nov.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2013 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Israel's Shin Bet - think of it as a combination of the CIA and the FBI - prides itself on secrecy. So when documentary filmmaker Dror Moreh approached one of its past leaders some three years ago to discuss the agency's role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he expected silence. But as in so much of life, timing is everything. When Moreh contacted Ami Ayalon, who headed the domestic counterterrorism agency from 1996-2000, the left-leaning Ayalon was ready to talk - and to help Moreh secure interviews with the other five living former Shin Bet leaders.
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July 4, 1986 | From Reuters
Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir, denying any role in the scandal that has shaken the Israeli government, said he was not involved in the 1984 killings of two captured Palestinian bus hijackers. In an newspaper interview published Thursday, Shamir said he knew nothing of the matter until an agent of the Shin Bet, the Israeli equivalent to the FBI, informed government leaders about the case last October.
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July 2, 1986 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
Continuing publicity surrounding Shin Bet secret police involvement in the 1984 killing of two Arab prisoners has thrown an unaccustomed spotlight onto one of the murkiest corners of Israeli life: the norms of behavior for the country's security services. While details remain among the nation's most closely guarded secrets, Prime Minister Shimon Peres indirectly confirmed Monday in a speech to the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, that the 1984 killings were no isolated incident.
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November 12, 1987 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
Three investigators of Israel's domestic security agency have been suspended for lying to a judicial inquiry commission about the fate of a young West Bank Arab who died mysteriously after a 48-hour interrogation last July, it was disclosed Wednesday.
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February 19, 1988 | United Press International
Israel, in an apparently unprecedented move, filed criminal charges Thursday against an agent of the Shin Bet security police for allegedly causing the death of a Palestinian teen-ager during questioning in prison. The agent is believed to be the first Shin Bet operative to be prosecuted publicly for criminal acts while on duty, Justice Ministry officials and attorneys said.
NEWS
November 9, 1987 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
When an official inquiry commission reported here recently that interrogators of Israel's General Security Service, or Shin Bet, had for 16 years routinely used "physical pressure" against suspected terrorists and then lied about it in court, Israelis and Palestinians alike applauded, although for different reasons.
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July 15, 1986 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
The Israeli Cabinet, voting along partisan lines in an extraordinary session, Monday rejected a proposal to establish a state commission of inquiry into the 1984 beating deaths of two Palestinian bus hijackers and a subsequent cover-up. The Cabinet's 14-11 vote, which had been expected, means there will be a normal police inquiry into what has become known here as the Shin Bet affair, after the acronym for the Israeli equivalent of America's FBI. Atty. Gen.
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November 25, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"We all have our moments," says Yuval Diskin, calm, thoughtful, disturbed. "Maybe you're shaving and you think, 'I make a decision and x number of people are killed.' The power to take lives in an instant, there's something unnatural about it. " The "we" in that compelling statement refers to a very small group of individuals, the men who, like Diskin, have been the heads of Shin Bet, Israel's shadowy, super-secret domestic counterterrorism agency,...
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September 3, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
TELLURIDE, Colo. - Two years ago, a prominent Oscar voter left the Telluride Film Festival's world premiere screening of "The King's Speech" and said with certainty that the film would be shortlisted for best picture. At the festival this past weekend, that same voter issued a new prediction: Ben Affleck's "Argo" will be among the finalists for the top Academy Award. The Telluride festival, which concluded its 39th annual installment on Monday, prides itself on eccentric programming (among the offerings was the nearly three-hour Russian film "Stalker" from 1979)
WORLD
November 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
Four former Israeli security chiefs sharply criticized Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's policies toward the Palestinians on Friday, warning in unusually bold terms that Israel is headed for catastrophe if it does not reach a peace deal soon.
WORLD
July 11, 2002 | From Associated Press
Palestinian gunmen fired on Israeli troops searching for smuggling tunnels Wednesday along the sandy border with Egypt, killing an army lieutenant--the first Israeli to die in the last 20 days of the Mideast conflict. In a separate shooting, a Palestinian teenager was killed when Israeli soldiers fired on stone-throwers in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinians said.
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June 2, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
A woman arrested on suspicion of complicity in a Palestinian suicide bombing last week was a former Ukrainian prostitute, not a Jewish immigrant to Israel as originally stated, Israel's Shin Bet secret service said Saturday. It said in a statement issued via the Israeli prime minister's office that the woman, Irena Plitzik, was arrested May 23 with her Palestinian husband and was using the identity card of his cousin's Israeli wife, Marina Pinsky. Both of the men are named Ibrahim Sarachne.
NEWS
May 21, 1998 | Associated Press
In an unprecedented examination of security forces' use of torture, a government lawyer told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that Israel is at war with Palestinian militants and has no choice but to use force in interrogating suspects.
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November 9, 1995 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A senior Shin Bet official resigned and another was suspended for failing to protect Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin from an assassin Saturday night, government officials confirmed Wednesday. The housecleaning, which also included the transfer of two lower-ranking officials, came after an internal inquiry concluded that there were serious flaws in the plan for protecting Rabin at a mass peace rally held in Tel Aviv's Kings of Israel Square.
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July 29, 1996 | From Associated Press
Following an Israeli agent's revelation that he crushed the skulls of two Palestinian captives, relatives of the dead men called Sunday for the officers involved to be brought to justice. "We want a fair trial and punishment," said Alam abu Jami, whose brother Subhi died after being taken prisoner in 1984 after a bus hijacking. "Nothing will compensate us."
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March 26, 1997 | MARJORIE MILLER and REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Soon after a Jewish soldier opened fire on Hebron's Arab market in January, the heads of Israeli and Palestinian security forces jumped into action to prevent rioting. Palestinian security chief Jibril Rajoub, Israeli intelligence chief Ami Ayalon and Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordecai joined forces in the public square where the shooting had taken place, calmed the situation and were hailed for their teamwork.
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December 21, 1996 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of the internal security service known as the Shin Bet this week shrugged off accounts that he considered quitting in the latest crisis between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the nation's military and security elite. In fact, said General Security Service chief Ami Ayalon, emerging from a parliamentary committee hearing, he and Netanyahu work together quite well, and there is no reason they cannot do so in the future.
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