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Israeli security service chief admits deliberate racism

Ex-Shin Bet chief: Security service freer to probe Arabs than Jews 

Since 1967 the Shin Bet security service has had more freedom to investigate Israeli Arabs than Jews, according to former Shin Bet chief Carmi Gillon.

"Since 1967, there have been no restrictions placed on the Shin Bet (besides the law, of course) on operations in the Arab sector, while in the Jewish arena there were always borders set, from time to time, within the service itself," said Gillon, who headed the Shin Bet in the 1990s. "The service headquarters, led by the Shin Bet head, considered the restrictions to be an absolute government perspective without any personal, political worldview."

Gillon spoke at a conference organized by the Center for Special Studies to discuss the Shin Bet's role in the Jewish sector, and some of his comments were recently published in a booklet put out by the center.

After the Likud came to power in 1977, the Shin Bet chief at the time wanted to change the agency's policy regarding supporters of settlements, for instance by ignoring those who established illegal outposts, Gillon said, adding that the decision had only a short-range effect.

He also said that in the 1980s the Shin Bet wanted to target the Yesh Gvul organization as a source of information about opposition to military service in the territories and, later, in Lebanon. In that case, said Gillon, the proposal was stymied when the then attorney general at nixed it.

Ofer Dekel, who previously headed the Shin Bet department covering Jews and non-Arab foreigners, said that after Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, the Shin Bet decided to redefine the concept of subversion to include overt, covert, individual and group activities that "stem from ideological motivations and whose goal or expected result creates a reasonable suspicion of danger to the security of the state and the arrangement of democratic rule."


Haaretz, "Ex-Shin Bet chief: Security service freer to probe Arabs than Jews", 30 September 2005.

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