Facility 1391 in the Negev. Slow torturous genocide. Judge Richard Goldstone of Israel has called for its opening and inspection.
Is ‘Facility 1391’ Israel’s version of Guantanamo Bay?
Jewish state’s secret jail holds Arab prisoners, who speak of torture and hellish conditions
Special to The Daily Star
Saturday 15 Nov 2003
NAZARETH: The roadside signpost bearing the information “Facility 1391” was removed months ago. Now there is nothing to identify the concrete fortress guarded by two watchtowers that sits atop a small wooded hill overlooking a kibbutz in central Israel close to the Green Line, the border with the West Bank until 1967.
The site’s location is one of the most closely guarded secrets in Israel: it is not marked on maps, it is erased from aerial photographs and military censors reject publication of any identifying details in the local media.
But this summer the Israeli government, under pressure from the courts, admitted that Facility 1391 serves as a “secret prison,” what one local newspaper termed “Israel’s Guantanamo,” in a reference to the Camp X-Ray jail for Al-Qaeda and Taleban captives run by the United States on occupied Cuban territory.
Opprobrium has been heaped on the US for holding prisoners in Camp X-Ray in violation of international law. Last month a panel of international jurists described the Guantanamo Bay jail as “a black hole” into which 662 inmates had disappeared and been stripped of their most basic legal rights.
But the prisoners of Facility 1391 - including possibly hundreds of Lebanese that went missing during the Israeli Army’s 18-year occupation of the country’s south - have even fewer safeguards. Unlike Camp X-Ray, the location of the military jail has never been publicly identified, no one knows how many inmates are being held there, and it has never been independently inspected. Even the International Red Cross is barred.
“Anyone entering the prison can literally be made to disappear - potentially for ever,” says Leah Tsemel, an Israeli lawyer. “It’s no different from the jails run by tinpot South American dictators.”
The only information available on Facility 1391 surfaced this summer after Tsemel managed to take affidavits from a handful of Palestinians who were detained at the prison.
These testimonies reveal shocking facts about the jail, particularly its routine use of extreme forms of torture. Differing information they contain also suggests there may be more than one secret prison operated by Israel.
According to several affidavits, the prison is crowded with inmates. Given that Israel says it only ever held a handful of Palestinians there, and none is now being detained, the question is: who is incarcerated in Facility 1391? The answer appears to be exclusively foreign Arab nationals, including Lebanese, Jordanians, Syrians, Iranians, Moroccans and Iraqis. The prison is run by a wing of army intelligence known as Unit 504; Palestinians, on the other hand, are handled by the Shin Bet.
How many prisoners are being held in Facility 1391 is a bigger mystery. The Friends of Prisoners Committee in Nazareth claims 15 Jordanian nationals alone have “gone missing” from Israel’s prison system in recent years. Captured Arab spies and even defectors are also thought to be among the jail’s population.
Other inmates are likely to include victims of Israeli kidnappings, particularly in Lebanon. For example, four Iranian government officials who disappeared in Beirut in 1982 and have never been accounted for are believed to have been snatched by Israel.
And then there is the growing suspicion among some human rights workers that Israel may be taking advantage of the United States’ - “war on terror” to sell its expert interrogation services to its ally.
In the current mayhem in Iraq it is almost impossible to know who has been arrested and where they are being held, although the Red Cross has confirmed that no Iraqis are in Camp X-Ray. Diplomatic sources, however, say there is strong evidence that the US is using Jordan and possibly Egypt, Morocco and Pakistan to interrogate prisoners, as a way to circumvent international law.
Dalia Kerstein, of the Israeli human rights group Hamoked, which has been at the forefront of the fight to get information about Facility 1391, believes Israel is helping too.
“It would be quite astounding if Israel isn’t offering its services to the US,” she said. “Israel has decades of expertise in torturing and interrogating Arab prisoners - exactly the skills the Americans now need since the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.”
The iron curtain of secrecy surrounding Facility 1391 was finally torn this summer after Tsemel launched legal battles to trace a handful of Palestinian prisoners who disappeared during Israel’s massive reinvasion of the West Bank in April 2002.
Apparently Israel, faced with a swelling number of detainees, opened the doors of Facility 1391 for the first time to Palestinians. The families, through Tsemel, issued habeas corpus writs, demanding production of the missing Palestinians in court. Cornered, the authorities were forced to admit that a secret prison existed. They have been trying to impose an information blackout ever since.
The affidavits, however, reveal degrading conditions and torture as commonplace in Facility 1391.
Inmates describe tiny cells, measuring less than 2 meters by 2 meters, whose walls are painted black and dimly lit by a single bulb 24 hours a day. Inside are damp and foul-smelling mattresses on which to sleep, rarely emptied buckets are used as toilets, and a single tap in the room is under the control of invisible guards. Loud noises prevent them from sleeping and air-conditioning can be turned on to make them shiver with cold.
Despite Israel’s Supreme Court banning torture in 1999, it is apparently being widely used again. Hannah Friedman, director of the Public Committee Against Torture, says her group has been recording a steady rise in such cases in Israeli jails during the intifada.
A recent survey showed 58 percent of Palestinian prisoners reported being subjected to overt violence, including beatings, kicking, shaking, being forced into painful positions and having handcuffs intentionally tightened.
One Palestinian held in Facility 1391, 23-year-old Mohammed Jadallah of Nablus, says, for example, that he was repeatedly beaten, his shackles were tightened, he was tied in painful positions to a chair and was not allowed to go to the toilet. He was preventing from sleeping, with water thrown on him if he nodded off.
He adds that the interrogators showed him pictures of several family members and threatened to harm them.
“They brought me a picture of my father in prison clothes and played a cassette of him as a detainee. They threatened to imprison and torture him.”
But the most horrific accounts come not from Palestinians but the long-term inmates, Arab foreign nationals, who are interrogated by Unit 504.
The most high-profile detainee, Mustafa Dirani, security chief of the Lebanese militia Amal, who Israel recently admitted was moved to Facility 1391 after he was kidnapped from Lebanon by agents in 1994, has alleged in a law suit that he was raped by his interrogators.
Dirani was seized from his home in Lebanon in May 1994 in an attempt by Israeli intelligence to get information on the whereabouts of an airman, Ron Arad, whose plane crashed over south Lebanon in 1986. Dirani held Arad for two years before allegedly selling him on to Iran.
Dirani, who was moved to Ashmoret prison near Netanya a year ago, spent eight years in Facility 1391. In the first months of his capture, when hopes of extracting information on Arad were high, he was tortured by a senior army interrogator known only as “Major George.”
Although torture was at that time legal in Israel, Dirani is suing the state and George for two incidents of sexual abuse. In one, George allegedly ordered a soldier to rape Dirani; in the other, George is accused of inserting a wooden baton into his rectum.
Dirani’s accusations have been corroborated by affidavits from other soldiers who served in the prison. One interrogator, TN, says: “I know that it was customary to threaten to insert a stick. The intention was that the stick would be inserted if the subject did not talk.”
A petition signed by 60 officers in defence of George does not deny that such practices were employed, only that it is unfair to victimize George for using working methods standard in the prison. George himself has admitted that it was normal practice for detainees to be naked while being interrogated.
Jihad Shuman, a British and Lebanese national accused of belonging to Hizbullah after he was arrested in Jerusalem in January 2001, was held in Facility 1391 for three nights. He recounts severe beatings by soldiers: “They removed my blindfold. I saw 15 armed soldiers, some with clubs, standing around me. Some of them beat me, pushed me and punched me from behind.”
Soon afterward he was interrogated by a man in military uniform who said: “You have to confess or you’re done for, and no one will know what happened to you. Confession or death.”
The effects of such practices on the emotional and psychological well being of inmates are not hard to predict. A relative of Dirani’s, Ghassan Dirani, who was captured with him and held for a time in Facility 1391, later developed catatonic schizophrenia.
Although Israel has confirmed to the courts that Facility 1391 is a secret prison, it is far from clear that it is the only one in Israel. Among the documents submitted to Hamoked by the Israeli Army are ones relating to 35-year-old Moussa Azzain, a Hizbullah activist who was imprisoned in the notorious Khiam jail in south Lebanon in August 1992.
According to Israeli officials, he was later transferred to a “Facility Barak” in Israel. Azzain himself reports that he was taken to a secret prison referred to by inmates as Sarafend, a name often cited by Lebanese prisoners. Sarafend is the English name of an army base now known as Tzrifin, on the outskirts of Tel Aviv.
Before the government-imposed information blackout, Facility 1391 was occasionally referred to in internal documents by the name of the neighboring kibbutz. That name is neither Barak nor Sarafend, leading Hamoked to suspect that the facility where Azzain was held may not be Facility 1391.
Hamoked’s director, Dalia Kerstein, points out that Azzain, when he was allowed to see a lawyer, was taken to Haifa. Dirani and Hizbullah leader Sheikh Abdel-Karim Obeid, both of whom are known to have been held in Facility 1391, were always taken to Tel Aviv. That may suggest that Azzain was held in another secret jail, possibly one close to Haifa.
Also, several detainees known to have been held in a secret prison say they could hear the sound of waves. Facility 1391, however, is some distance from the sea. Others say they could hear the sound of planes taking off or the sound of gunfire, possible from a military firing range.
Facility 1391 is in a fortified police station, known as a Taggart building, one of 70 constructed by the British in the 1930s. They are dotted across Israel and the Occupied Territories. Several could be being used as secret jails without raising suspicion.
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WEEKEND EDITION AUGUST 28-30, 2009
Israeli Organ Harvesting
“In January, 2002, an Israeli cabinet minister tacitly admitted that organs taken from the bodies of Palestinian victims might have been used for transplants in Jewish patients without the knowledge of the Palestinian victims’ families.“The minister, Nessim Dahan, said in response to a question by an Arab Knesset member that he couldn’t deny or confirm that organs of Palestinian youths and children killed by the Israeli army were taken out for transplants or scientific research.“‘I couldn’t say for sure that something like that didn’t happen.’”
“… the parents of soldier Ze’ev Buzgallo who was killed in a Golan Heights military training accident, are filing a petition with the High Court of Justice calling for the immediate suspension of Dr. Yehuda Hiss and that criminal charges be filed against him. Hiss serves as the director of the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute….According to the parents, the body of their son was used for medical experimentation without their consent, experiments authorized by Hiss. (9)
“The revelation of illegally stored body parts in the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute has prompted MK Anat Maor, chairman of the Knesset Science Committee, to demand the immediate suspension of the director, Prof. Yehuda Hiss."
“In 2001, an Israeli Health Ministry investigation found that Hiss had been involved for years in taking body parts, such as legs, ovaries and testicles, without family permission during autopsies, and selling them to medical schools for use in research and training. He was appointed chief pathologist in 1988. Hiss was never charged with any crime, but in 2004 he was forced to step down from running the state morgue, following years of complaints.” (10)
“While the campaign was running, young Palestinian men started to disappear from villages in the West Bank and Gaza. After five days Israeli soldiers would bring them back dead, with their bodies ripped open.“Talk of the bodies terrified the population of the occupied territories. There were rumors of a dramatic increase of young men disappearing, with ensuing nightly funerals of autopsied bodies.”“I was in the area at the time, working on a book. On several occasions I was approached by UN staff concerned about the developments. The persons contacting me said that organ theft definitely occurred but that they were prevented from doing anything about it. On an assignment from a broadcasting network I then travelled around interviewing a great number of Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza – meeting parents who told of how their sons had been deprived of organs before being killed.”
“The first shot hit him in the chest. According to villagers who witnessed the incident he was subsequently shot with one bullet in each leg. Two soldiers then ran down from the carpentry workshop and shot Bilal once in the stomach. Finally, they grabbed him by his feet and dragged him up the twenty stone steps of the workshop stair… Israeli soldiers loading the badly wounded Bilal in a jeep and driving him to the outskirts of the village, where a military helicopter waited. The boy was flown to a destination unknown to his family.”
“The families in the West Bank and in Gaza felt that they knew exactly what had happened: “Our sons are used as involuntary organ donors,” relatives of Khaled from Nablus told me, as did the mother of Raed from Jenin and the uncles of Machmod and Nafes from Gaza, who had all disappeared for a number of days only to return at night, dead and autopsied.”
“Why are they keeping the bodies for up to five days before they let us bury them? What happened to the bodies during that time? Why are they performing autopsy, against our will, when the cause of death is obvious? Why are the bodies returned at night? Why is it done with a military escort? Why is the area closed off during the funeral? Why is the electricity interrupted?”
“We know that Israel has a great need for organs, that there is a vast and illegal trade of organs which has been running for many years now, that the authorities are aware of it and that doctors in managing positions at the big hospitals participate, as well as civil servants at various levels. We also know that young Palestinian men disappeared, that they were brought back after five days, at night, under tremendous secrecy, stitched back together after having been cut from abdomen to chin.
By Dana Weiler-Polak, Haaretz Correspondent, Dec. 14, 2008
by NETTY C. GROSS, Jerusalem Post Service
BRAZIL: Poor Sell Organs to Trans-Atlantic Trafficking Ring
By Mario Osava, IPS, Feb. 23, 2004
Haaretz, Two Haifa men sentenced to jail for organ trafficking, By Fadi Eyadat, Dec. 18, 2007
By REBECCA ANNA STOIL, July 23, 2007
Sting rocks U.S. transplant industry, David Porter, Carla K. Johnson, ASSOCIATED PRESS, july 25, 2009
U.S. Professor: I told FBI about kidney trafficking 7 years ago
By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Correspondent, August, 3, 2009
A mitzvah called organ donation, Efrat Shapira-Rosenberg, 10.6.07
Orthodox in uproar over organ donation incident, Neta Sela, 06.22.06
The Return of the Body Snatchers, By Israel Shamir,
Ha’aretz. The Wayward Son, by Adi Schwartz, March 1, 2007
Ha’aaretz, Bar-Ilan to order professor to explain research behind blood libel book
By Ofri Ilani, Haaretz Service and The Associated Press, Feb 11, 2007
Israeli writer Israel Shamir reports that some years ago “…a leading Chabad rabbi, Yitzhak Ginzburgh, gave his religious permission for a Jew to take a liver from a non-Jew even without his consent. He said that ‘a Jew is entitled to extract the liver from a goy if he needs it, for the life of a Jew is more valuable than the life of a goy, likewise the life of a goy is more valuable than the life of an animal.’
Haaretz, Bar Ilan to order professor to explain research behind blood libel book, by Ofri Hani, Feb. 11, 2007.
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, August/September 2001, page 11, In Memoriam: Israel Shahak (1933-2001), By Norton Mezvinsky
Body Snatchers Are Back
- Turkey: An Israeli professor Zaki Shapira was arrested in Turkey for allegedly cutting into live Turks for spare parts, reported the notoriously anti-Semitic paper Jerusalem Post.
- South Africa: Another anti-Semitic paper, the New York Times, reported on an Israeli trafficking ring active from South Africa to Brazil.
- Brazil: An Israeli officer, Gedalya Tauber, was arrested in Brazil for inducing the poor to part with their body parts. He spilled the beans about activity of his fellow countrymen.
- The Ukraine: The Jerusalem Post reported the arrest of “an Israeli illegal organ-smuggling ring” that flew their donors and recipients to the Ukraine.
Ritual Murder is Part of Black Magic
"I chose to [speak] about the Jewish holiday of Purim, because it is connected to the month of March. This holiday has some dangerous customs that will, no doubt, horrify you, and I apologize if any reader is harmed because of this."
"During this holiday, the Jew must prepare very special pastries, the filling of which is not only costly and rare - it cannot be found at all on the local and international markets."
"Unfortunately, this filling cannot be left out, or substituted with any alternative serving the same purpose. For this holiday, the Jewish people must obtain human blood so that their clerics can prepare the holiday pastries. In other words, the practice cannot be carried out as required if human blood is not spilled!!"
"Before I go into the details, I would like to clarify that the Jews' spilling human blood to prepare pastry for their holidays is a well-established fact, historically and legally, all throughout history. This was one of the main reasons for the persecution and exile that were their lot in Europe and Asia at various times."
"This holiday [Purim] begins with a fast, on March 13, like the Jewess Esther who vowed to fast. The holiday continues on March 14; during the holiday, the Jews wear carnival-style masks and costumes and overindulge in drinking alcohol, prostitution, and adultery. This holiday has become known among Muslim historians as the "Holiday of Masks."
"Who was Esther, and why the Jews sanctify her and act as she did, I will clarify in my article next Tuesday, Allah willing. Today, I would like to tell you how human blood is spilled so it can be used for their holiday pastries. The blood is spilled in a special way. How is it done?"
"For this holiday, the victim must be a mature adolescent who is, of course, a non-Jew - that is, a Christian or a Muslim. His blood is taken and dried into granules. The cleric blends these granules into the pastry dough; they can also be saved for the next holiday. In contrast, for the Passover slaughtering, about which I intend to write one of these days, the blood of Christian and Muslim children under the age of 10 must be used, and the cleric can mix the blood [into the dough] before or after dehydration."
"Let us now examine how the victims' blood is spilled. For this, a needle-studded barrel is used; this is a kind of barrel, about the size of the human body, with extremely sharp needles set in it on all sides. [These needles] pierce the victim's body, from the moment he is placed in the barrel."
"These needles do the job, and the victim's blood drips from him very slowly. Thus, the victim suffers dreadful torment - torment that affords the Jewish vampires great delight as they carefully monitor every detail of the blood-shedding with pleasure and love that are difficult to comprehend."
"After this barbaric display, the Jews take the spilled blood, in the bottle set in the bottom [of the needle-studded barrel], and the Jewish cleric makes his coreligionists completely happy on their holiday when he serves them the pastries in which human blood is mixed."
"Thereis another way to spill the blood: The victim can be slaughtered as a sheep is slaughtered, and his blood collected in a container. Or, the victim's veins can be slit in several places, letting his blood drain from his body."
"This blood is very carefully collected - as I have already noted - by the 'rabbi,' the Jewish cleric, the chef who specializes in preparing these kinds of pastries."
"The human race refuses even to look at the Jewish pastries, let alone prepare them or consume them!"
- Ar-Riyadh, Saudi government daily, two-part article entitled "The Jewish Holiday of Purim" by Dr. Umayma Ahmad Al-Jalahma of King Faysal University in Al-Dammam, March 10 and March 12, 2002 *
Another Ritual Murder Case Suspected in Russia
Publication time: 3 November 2006, 21:15
Five teenagers - three boys and two girls - aged from 13 to 16 went missing simultaneously in the southern Russian town of Bryansk near the Ukrainian border. It was reported about the loss by parents of a teenager almost two weeks ago.
Local police began the search of the children, who left home more than 10 days ago. The children were last seen at Bryansk 2 Railway Station, where they were registered by outdoor surveillancesystem, on October, 19 night. Witnesses said the teenagers were going to leave the town.
It was established that the children had not left their homes for the first time, although they used to disappear for two or three days. Police believe that an appeal to Bryansk residents will help to find the teenagers.
It is worth reminding that a similar case had happened in Krasnoyarsk in spring 2006,when five boys, aged from nine to twelve, went missing. One of the boys had been escaping from home repeatedly. The federal search of the children started and lasted for 21 days. More than one thousand people were employed in the search. The charred remains of the children were found in a sewing pipe in May.
A criminal case was incited by the Public Prosecutors' Office first on kidnapping, then on murder. The children's remains underwent numerous forensic medical expert examinations later to establish the death reasons. The children were buried in Krasnoyarsk on September, 25, the Russian agency
News Lab reported.
Russian Christians accused local jews for kidnapping and killing these Christian and Muslim children in Krasnoyarsk that happened just a week before the jewish Passover in 2006. As established by Russian police in the last investigated case of jewish ritual murders of a 10-year-old Christian child, Andrey Yushchinsky, during a trial in Kyiv in 1912, the jews regularly kidnap children and slowly exsanguinate them in a special ritual similar to the jewish slaughter of cattle. 33 wounds (equal to earthly years of Christ) in distinguished places of the body of a bound child victim are reported to be needed to collect the pouring blood according to the ritual.The blood in then collected in cloths, the cloths are subsequently dried up, burnt, and the ashes are added in jewish food, such as matzoth (buscuits of unleavened wheatmeal) . Police and religious expert including jews converted to Christianity testified at the trial that the jews believed such food brought them financia prosperity, happiness and a huge sexual potency.
In addition to a definite number of wounds cut with a blunt instrument in distinguished places, a special feature distinguishing the jewish ritual from for example murders by Satanists is that the dead bodies of victims are to be thrown out in the open and should be in no case burried in the earth or hidden in some other way.
The remains of the children found in Krasnoyarsk were thrown in the open and contained no blood traces at all, meaning that the victims were exsanguinated before their deaths, acccording to an earlier Russian news report.