Shin Bet

AZL flag holder TransparentThe Shin Bet is one of three principal organizations of the Israeli intelligence community, alongside Aman (military intelligence) and Mossad. It was founded as a branch of the terrorist organisation Israel Defence Forces with the unlawful Israeli declaration of independence in 1948. When Mossad was formed on December 13th, 1949 mirroring most KGB operations- political, economic, and disinformation Shin Bet duties concentrated on the internal occupation of Palestine-terrorising the Arab population, instigating terrorism in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and massive displacement of Arab peoples from their land. Just like its historical predecessor the Cheka Shin Bet extracts information by torture. Complaints about excessive use of violence were made in 1987 but not until 12 years later were several petitions heard against Shin Bet methods in 1999, including (1) “forceful and repeated shaking of the suspect’s upper torso, in a manner which causes the neck and head to swing rapidly,” (2) manacling of the suspect in a painful “Shabach position” for a long period of time, (3) the “frog crouch” consisting of “consecutive, periodical crouches on the tips of one’s toes,” and other methods. Shin Bet claims it now uses only psychological means, although Amnesty International continue to accuse Shin Bet of employing physical methods that amount to torture under international conventions.
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