Shin Beth: "Just Following Orders"

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all civilized nations recognize the principle that a subordinate is covered by the orders of his superiors-Leipzig Supreme Court

by Roy Tov

 
Flawed Laws
What better introduction to the crimes of Israeli intelligence services than checking out the legal situation of the Nazi Regime officials? Imagine that you were working for that government as one of its valued citizens. How should you behave?
Lieutenant Karl Neumann was the captain of the U-Boat UC-67 responsible for the sinking with a torpedo of the Dover Castle hospital ship on May 26, 1917. During the subsequent German Military Trials, he claimed at the Leipzig Supreme Court (Germany’s Supreme Court at the time) that he had followed orders.
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He was acquitted since: “all civilized nations recognize the principle that a subordinate is covered by the orders of his superiors.”
In the absence of any clear law, an educated German citizen would look at Court rulings. The Supreme Court of their country had ruled that subordinates must obey orders. A Nazi officer doing that was on solid legal ground.
Educated German citizens facing the Allies Nuremberg Trials could expect that this defense would hold. It became known as the “Nuremberg Defense.”
Yet, Nuremberg Principle+ IV stated: “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.”++
An educated German citizen facing that tribunal had all the right to claim that Nuremberg Principle IV was a retroactive law*and thus illegitimate and not valid. The Nazis convicted on this article by an interested party, which cannot be considered impartial, must be considered innocent.
I am not defending the actions of those accused, actions which I ignore, I am just stating that humans’ laws are flawed.
“Great,” said the Israeli Official, “I have a solid Nuremberg Defense”
For over three months, I have been successful in finding excuses to avoid commenting on the ongoing strike of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). I am unlikely to be sympathetic of those responsible for the ongoing state-terror I am experiencing in Bolivia. Yet, today, July 2, 2013, they announced that tomorrow they will move their demonstration to the Shin Beth$ Headquarters in North Tel Aviv (the tall building with the tiny windows).
 
Contrary to the secret wishes of Israeli secret services agents, they cannot use a Nuremberg Defense in Court.
In the 1956 Suez War, IDF’s Mishmar Hagvul** unit was responsible for the Kafr Qasim massacre. In the war’s second day, a curfew had been imposed on Kafr Qasim. Villagers who had worked in the fields and were unaware of the curfew were shot upon their return; 49 of them died.
In the following trial, the Israeli Supreme Court rendered the attack illegal and ruled that there is an obligation of soldiers to disobey manifestly illegal orders. Firing upon unarmed farmers is such an order.
More than fifty years later, Israeli soldiers have manifestly failed to understand the court ruling, targeting unarmed Palestinian civilians with fire weapons (see 10 Israeli Counterterrorism Soldiers Hit).
Yet, people learn, and in their physical weakness have learned to bravely face the commandos with sticks and stones. Wasn’t that the main lesson learned from the Nazi Warsaw Ghetto?
The Strange Case of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For over three months, I have been successful in finding excuses to avoid commenting on the ongoing strike of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). I am unlikely to be sympathetic of those responsible for the ongoing state-terror I am experiencing in Bolivia. Yet, today, July 2, 2013, they announced that tomorrow they will move their demonstration to the Shin Beth$ Headquarters in North Tel Aviv (the tall building with the tiny windows).
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Strike

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Strike
“Damaging the Ministry of Foreign Affairs means Damaging the State”

>MFA Civil Servants

MFA Civil Servants protest by arriving to work in T-shirt and jeans

 
MFA’s civil servants are fighting for money and better conditions of work, despite their already being considered the “pilots of the civil service,” the best of the best serving the State, and enjoying the benefits of that.
During much of the ongoing strike, its manifestations were minor. They protested at the gates of the MFA, and arrived at work in T-shirts and jeans.
Recently they intensified the protests, announcing to the Italian Prime Minister that they would boycott his visit, and basically stalling the ministry.
Our greedy friends forgot that they are nothing but polyglot drivers (English for “nehagim”) and cooks (English for “tabah”). The State answer to the MFA strike was to recruit its indefatigable conspirators—the Shin Beth secret police—to replace the MFA.
In regular times, Shin Beth collaborates closely with the MFA. Israeli embassies are secured by it. Drivers of foreigner officials visiting in Israel are Shin Beth agents. Following the strike, they were requested to take over all the logistics and communications of the guests. A breeze for these spooks. No Problemo, Bibi!
Seeing their sabotage efforts sabotaged by their eerie friends, the MFA workers approached the Shin Beth demanding it to stop replacing them. On July 2, Haaretz—a leading newspaper widely recognized as the Voice of the Shin Beth—reported the secret police answer: “We just follow orders.”
Grab a coffee and pick up a comfy seat because arm against arm, leg against leg, the unsynchronized body of theillegitimate Israeli administration is fighting itself to death.
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full version at http://roitov.com/articles/shabak.htm
+ The Nuremberg Principles were a set of guidelines for determining what constitutes a war crime created by the International Law Commission of the United Nations following World War II.
++ Joe Smith from Newest York, remember that next time you get a drone-assassination order (see Obama Codex is State Terror).
* An ex post facto law (Latin for “after the fact”), or retroactive law, is a law that retroactively changes the legal consequences of actions committed prior to the enactment of the law. Ex post facto laws are expressly forbidden by the United States Constitution, though some countries accept them. These laws cannot be accepted as fair practice, regardless of the justifications used for their approval. Simply, how can one protect himself against a law that has not been legislated? Imagine the USA legislating in 2012 a new law declaring all bubble-gum chewing performed before 2012 a crime. Then the government would declare all citizens guilty unless proven otherwise, and fine them $1.00 automatically. States applying this horror assume that people have the power of precognition (Israel did that again recently, see Minority Report: IDF arrests Palestinian prisoner released in Shalit swap). Thus, the Nazis and Nazi Collaborators Punishment Law cannot be accepted as a legitimate law, especially due to its geopolitical consequences. If we accept this, we will be forced also to accept a Laotian law sentencing Americans chewing bubble-gum in Honduras to death (no offense intended to any of the abovementioned nations).
**Mishmar HaGvul (“Guard of the Border” in Hebrew) is a mixed police-army unit. Its members are soldiers, but the unit activity is under the command of Israeli Police. This trick allows Israel to deploy it in places where the army or the police would be seen as acting beyond their jurisdiction (army within the Green Line, police in the West Bank or East Jerusalem). The unit is noted for recruiting minority soldiers (Bedouins, Circassians, Druzes, and others) and many new immigrants. They are often sent to disperse protests in the West Bank. Accordingly, they have a small counterterrorism unit known as “Yamas.” Its name is the Hebrew acronym for “Yehidat HaMista’aravim,” namely “The Disguised as Arabs Unit.”
$ General Security Service is “Sherut Bitahon Klali.” The proper Hebrew acronym is “shabak.” English acronyms work according to different rules; “Shin Beth” refers to the first two initials. Usually it is referred to as “Shin Beth” outside Israel, and “Shabak” within.

Author Details
Roi Tov is a graduate—among others—of Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science. In addition to his memoir, Tov is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Molecular Physics and other scientific journals. He won various travel writing and photography awards. In his writings, he tries to reveal life in Israel as a Christian Israel Defense Force (IDF) officer—from human rights violations to the use of an extensive network of underground agents. He was recognized first as a refugee and subsequently as political prisoner of Bolivia.
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