Tuesday, 26 February 2013
The latest revelations tell us in great detail the story behind the saga that is now known as Israel’s handling of the case of Prisoner X. For that elaborate story, feel free to go here, here and here. Try the second link if you can only be bothered with the executive summary. I have to warn you, though, that all these linked sources are in Hebrew; you can use Google Translate to stick their URL in and read the story in your preferred language.
Assuming you went through the links and read the story, let me ask you this: do you think Prisoner X was a traitor? Do you think he deserved death? Do you think he deserved imprisonment under unprecedented conditions, his identity totally hidden from the press and the public? Would you say he deserved the full weight of the Israeli judicial system on his face? My answer to all of the above would be “no”; in fact, given the information in the links I would say Zygier is innocent by my book. Don’t know if I would have liked to make friends with him, but see him end up the way he did? Never.
With that in mind, pay attention to the judge conducting the investigation into Zygier’s death. Despite looking into the matter for a year and a half (!), she never bothered visiting the actual prison cell where the death took place (read here). Exemplary.
There’s another point raised in that last link: Israel is yet to deny the existence of additional Prisoner Xs. One wonders how long it would take before we learn of Prisoner Y? Or Z? And for that matter, how would we label them once we run out of letters?
Let us hope you are not to find yourself labelled Z1.
4/3/13 update: It was interesting to read today of a similar case to Prisoner X, the case of Bradley Manning (see here). Indeed, the similarities are striking; it seems obvious that both Manning and Zygier are victims to some major organizations trying to keep the public oblivious of their wrongdoings through silencing anyone who would dare speaking.
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