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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-04-24

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Zionist Cultural Center
18451 W. 10 Mile Rd.

WRITE

Jews and all freedom loving people should applaud our
Secretary of State George Shultz for attending a
Passover Seder while in the Soviet Union. I urge
everyone to send a note of appreciation for his impor-
tant gesture. Since this act of conscience reflected
United States policy, I urge a separate letter of apprecia-
tion to our president.

BERNARD EDELMAN

The Honorable George Shultz
Secretary of State
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Washington, D.C. 20520

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Friday, April 24, 1987

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

NEWS

Israel's Security Service
Involved In New Scandal

Tel Aviv — (JTA) — The
Shin Bet, Israel's internal
security service, appears to
be implicated in a new scan-
dal involving the possible
fabrication of evidence that
sent an Israel Defense Force
officer to prison for treason
six years ago. Tight censor-
ship spawned rumor and
speculation in the media un-
til last week when MK
Mordechai Vishubsky of the
Shinui Party appealed to the
Defense Minister and Min-
ister of Justice to "clear the
air.
As a result, the cover of
secrecy was lifted partially
but the information which
emerged in the media was
vague and had the effect only
of increasing speculation.
Prime Minister Yitzhak
Shamir, in his first public
comment on the affair, told
Israel Radio that the political
echelons were in no way in-
volved or implicated. He said
those persons alleged to be
connected should be investi-
gated by the courts. "There
is no intention to cover
anything up," he said.
The IDF officer convicted
of treason, espionage and
passing military information
to the enemy was identified
publicly for the first time. He
is former Lt. Azzat Nafsu
from the Circassian village of
Karf Kamma who was
sentenced in 1980 to 18 years
in prison and reduced in rank
to private.
Also mentioned in the case
was Yossi Ginnosar, a former
senior Shin Bet operative,
one of three who received a
Presidential pardon last year
in connection with the
murder of two captured Arab
bus hijackers by Shin Bet
agents in 1984. None of the
three was ever formally
charged or tried, and, accord-
ing to legal experts, the par-
don was an acknowledgement
of guilt in the killings and
subsequent attempted cover-
up.
The connection between
Ginnosar and Nafsu is not
known. Nafsu, whose case
was kept secret until now,
maintains his innocence and
contends he was convicted by
a military court on the basis
of manufactured evidence.
Last year, a military court of
appeals upheld his convic-
tion. But six months ago, the
Knesset amended the law to
allow soldiers to carry their
appeals beyond the military
justice system. Nafsu has
since appealed to the
Supreme Court.

The Shin Bet has been im-
plicated on the basis of
published reports that Gin-
nosar told investigators in
the bus hijackers' case that
Shin Bet routinely fabricated
evidence to protect itself. He
was quoted as saying this
was "standard procedure."
Apparently it was Shin Bet
evidence which helped con-
vict Nafsu.
Shin Bet also is reported to
have proposed that Nafsu be
granted a Presidential par-
don and released from prison
in order to forestall his appeal
to the Supreme Court.
Justice Minister Avraham
Sharir said that the appeal
should be pressed with full
confidence in the legal system
and its ability to see that
justice is done. The IDF also
wants Nafsu's appeal to be
heard, though in closed ses-
sion. The Circassians are a
Moslem minority from the
Caucusus who fled the
Czarist regime in the 19th
century to settle in territories
of the Ottoman empire, in-
cluding Palestine. Only 1,200
of them live in Israel. They
are full citizens, fiercely
patriotic and, apart from the
Druze who are indigenous to
the region, are the only
Moslems permitted to serve
in the IDF.

Israeli Army
Names New
Commander

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Supreme
command of the Israel
Defense Force changed hands
last Sunday when retiring
Chief of Staff Lt.Gen. Moshe
Levy turned over his pennant
and insignia of rank to his
successor, Maj. Gen. Dan
Shomron, who was promptly
promoted to Lt. Gen. by
Defense Minister Yitzhak
Rabin.
Levy then drove to his
home in Kibbut Beth Alfa,
where he donned civilian
clothes after 33 years in
uniform. His immediate plans
are not known. He expects to
go to the U.S. for advanced
university studies.
Shomron, 50, now Israel's
13th Chief of Staff, was born
in Kibbutz Ashdod Yaacov in
the Jordan Valley and began
his military career in 1956 as
a paratrooper. He com-
manded an armored division
in Sinai during the Six Day
War, later served as com-
mander of the southern front
and in numerous staff jobs.

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