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2014-05-13 OccupyTLV: Tel Aviv Police Commander has forwarded incident in the OccupyTLV camp for investigation by State Counsel, regarding suspected criminality by police // מפקד מחוז ת"א ניצב בנצי סאו העביר חקירת התנהלות אנשי משטרה במאהל המחאה ת"א לחקירת מח"ש בחשד לפלילים

2014-05-13 OccupyTLV: Tel Aviv Police Commander has forwarded incident in the OccupyTLV camp for investigation by State Counsel, regarding suspected criminality by police // מפקד מחוז ת"א ניצב בנצי סאו העביר חקירת התנהלות אנשי משטרה במאהל המחאה ת"א לחקירת מח"ש בחשד לפלילים

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Overall, concern is that the Tel Aviv Police is resorting to methods employed by repressive regimes against legitimate Social Protest and Civil Society activists. That, on the background of the glaring failure of police in investigations of organized crime, including assassinations in broad daylight in Tel Aviv center, and rampant government corruption.
Overall, concern is that the Tel Aviv Police is resorting to methods employed by repressive regimes against legitimate Social Protest and Civil Society activists. That, on the background of the glaring failure of police in investigations of organized crime, including assassinations in broad daylight in Tel Aviv center, and rampant government corruption.

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Human Rights Alert (NGO) (NGO) תויוכזל גייס םדאה

Joseph Zernik, PhD קינרצ ףסוי ר"ד
PO Box 33407, Tel Aviv, Ìsrael  ד"n 33407 x"n , 6133301
123456xyz@gmail.com
2014-05-13 OccupyTLV: Tel Aviv Police Commander suspects
criminality by police in the camp
As is the case in the United States, the Ìsrael Police is engaged in unlawful
efforts to undermine legitimate political opposition to the current government
and attempts to criminalize civil society activists and whistleblowers. Ìsrael
has experienced a profound socio-economic transformation since the 1995
Rabin assassination, with the establishment of a US-style Neoconservative
regime with matching consequences.
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OccupyTLV, May 13 - in an April 29 letter to Dr Joseph Zernik of OccupyTLV,
Tel Aviv Police Commander Benzi Sau informed Dr Zernik that conduct of
police, relative to the April 25, 2014 violence incident in the OccupyTLV camp,
was forwarded to the State Counsel, Department of Police Ìnvestigations, for
investigation of suspected criminality by police. [1]
The April 25 violence incident involved former police special unit officer Uriel
Benveniste, who is also a former prisoner on violent crimes, and who also has
a long track record of violent conduct in the OccupyTLV camp. Restraining
Order banning him from the camp was not enforced. And police apparently
again failed to take action against him following the April 25 incident.
The April 29 letter from Tel Aviv Police Commander came in response to an
April 28 letter by Dr Zernik to Commander Sau, [2] which included the
recording of an April 25, 2014 phone call between a senior Tel Aviv Police
Ìntelligence Officer and a policeman on the ground in the OccupyTLV camp.
[3-4] The phone conversation details evidence for various types of criminal
conduct, and concern by the officer on the ground that such conduct may lead
to a murder.
Following the letter by Commander Sau, Dr Zernik wrote today to the office of
State Counsel, and asked to provide additional evidence related to the
investigation. [5]
Ìn his letter today, Dr Zernik states that the incident of April 25, 2014, should
be examined on the background of the Ìsrael Police conduct in the camp
throughout the past year and a half. Moreover, Dr Zernik alleges that such
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examination is likely to lead to the conclusion that the Ìsrael Police in
collaboration with the Tel Aviv Municipality are involved in the establishment of
violent, lawless environment in the OccupyTLV camp.
The OccupyTLV camp is the only camp remaining in Ìsrael following the
mass Social Protest movement that started in 2011.
The recent case from the OccupyTLV camp follows a series of other cases,
which raise concern regarding conduct of the Tel Aviv Police, relative to Social
Protest and Civil Society activists.
Earlier this year, attempt was made by the Ìsrael Police to prosecute Daphni
Leef and other Social Protest leaders, on bogus charges of violence against
police. The prosecution was supported by false testimonies by policemen on
the stand in the Tel Aviv court. However, that effort failed, when it became
evident that police was lying, and videos showed police violence against Leef.
On April 1, 2014, Attorney General Weinstein announced the dropping of the
prosecutions against Leef and other Social Protest activists. [6]
The Tel Aviv Police is also prosecuting Tax Authority whistleblower Rafi Rotem
on charges of insulting and harassing policemen on duty. The case of
whistleblower Rafi Rotem has been going on for some 12 years now. Around
2002, then highly commended, senor Tax Authority intelligence officer Rotem
complained of corruption of higher officers of the Tax Authority, involving
undermining the investigations of NÌS tens and hundreds of millions tax
liabilities by businesses related to organized crime, tycoons, and persons
close to the authorities. [7] Since his whistle-blowing, Rotem was subjected to
harassment, intimidation, and retaliation by the Tel Aviv Police, while the
justice authorities have refused to fully investigate his allegations, and also
refused to accord him protection, due to whistleblowers under Ìsraeli law. As
part of retaliatory measures, Rotem, who had won a number of
commendations by the Ìsrael Police previous to his whistleblowing, has been
subjected to false arrests, humiliation and beating by police. No policeman
has been disciplined for such conduct against Rotem, but now the Ìsrael
Police is prosecuting Rotem for his words to such policemen during the
incidents of his abuse. The case of Rafi Rotem has become a major cause of
the Ìsraeli Social Protest movement in recent months.
Overall, concern is that the Tel Aviv Police is resorting to methods employed
by repressive regimes against legitimate Social Protest and Civil Society
activists. That, on the background of the glaring failure of the Tel Aviv Police in
investigations of organized crime, including assassinations in broad daylight in
Tel Aviv center. [8]
The conduct of the Tel Aviv Police should be viewed on the background of
profound transformations in Ìsraeli society and governance in the State of
Ìsrael since the assassination of Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin in 1995.
Although the assassination is often attributed to opposition by extreme right
elements to the Ìsraeli-Palestinian peace process, the evidence shows that it
also led to the establishment of an American-style Neoconservative regime
with matching consequences. [9]
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During most of the period since the Rabin assassination, the Ìsraeli economy
has continued its healthy growth. Regardless, during the same period poverty
and homelessness levels in Ìsrael have soared, and housing has become
unaffordable for working people. A huge gap has emerged in income and
asset distribution, and the economy has become dominated by a handful of
tycoons with close ties to government. A medieval style debtors' court
system has been established in the Ìsrael, where fraud is rampant, exorbitant
interest rate and attorneys fees are applied to the debtors, as well as unusual
penalties, including, but not limited to imprisonment, denial of the right to
travel out of state, and until recently - revocation of driving licenses. [10-11]
Public trust in the political system in general, and in the justice system in
particular, has plummeted. A recent European survey found that only 22% of
Ìsraelis believe that judges in Ìsrael do not take bribes... [12] Recent OECD
reports show that Ìsrael is the nation with highest poverty level among
developed nations and 5th largest income gap. [13]
Such transformation is astounding in a nation that was for most of its history a
welfare state, which successfully absorbed in its early years about a million
refugees from post WWÌÌ Europe and from Arab nations, and which in the
early 1990s successfully absorbed another 400,000 immigrants from the
former Soviet Union.
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Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert (NGO)
OccupyTL
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* The Human Rights Alert (NGO) submission to the Human Rights Council of
the United Nations was incorporated into the 2010 Periodic Review Report
regarding Human Rights in the United States, with the note: "corruption of the
courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in
California".
* The Human Rights Alert (NGO) submission to the Human Rights Council of
the United Nations was incorporated into the 2013 Periodic Review Report
regarding Human Rights in Ìsrael, with the note: "lack of integrity of the
electronic records of the Supreme Court, the district courts and the detainees
courts in Ìsrael."
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LINKS
[1] 2014-04-29 OccupyTLV: Response by Tel Aviv District Commander-Ìsrael
Police Benzi Sau on recording of phone call by intelligence officer and police
on the ground (full English translation)
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http://www.scribd.com/doc/223493684/
[2] 2014-04-28 OccupyTLV: Request for response by Tel Aviv Police
Commander, re: a. Conduct of Tel Aviv Police personnel vis a vis apparent
criminality and serious violence in the "Arlosoroff Camp¨, and b. the
relationship, if any, of Mr Magen Dahari - "Social Opinion Leader¨ - with the
Ìsrael Police. (full English translation)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/220662804/
[3] 2014-04-25 OccupyTLV: Ìsrael Police in action ÷ recording of phone call of
Ìsrael Police intelligence officer, assigned to the Ìsraeli Protest Movement, and
a policeman on the ground (full English translation)
http://youtu.be/Ry3nOvqpcWg
[4] 2014-04-25 OccupyTLV: Transcription of a phone call including Ìsrael
Police intelligence officer, assigned to the Ìsraeli Protest Movement, and a
policeman on the ground (full English translation)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/221147446/
[5] 2014-05-13 Request to provide evidence to the Police Ìnvestigation
Department, State Prosecution, in re: Complaint that was forwarded by
Commander Benzi Sau, regarding police conduct in the OccupyTLV camp on
April 25, 2014 (full English translation)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/223743880/
[6] 2014-04-01 Ìsrael Police to Drop Charges Against DAPHNÌ LEEF, Other
Social Justice Activists_Haaretz (English only)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/223401222/
[7] 2014-04-17 Tax Authority whistleblower Rafi Rotem archive: Ìndex and
links to records
http://www.scribd.com/doc/218864098/
[8] 2014-02-17 Zernik, J., ÌSRAEL: The Shin-Bet-Judiciary Gang and
organized crime
http://www.opednews.com/articles/ÌSRAEL-The-Shin-Bet-Judic-by-Joseph-
Zernik-Ìsrael_Ìsrael-Palestinian-Conflict_Organized-Crime-Mafia-Mob-Cartels-
140217-372.html
[9] 2013-10-26 Zernik, J., ÌSRAEL: Nation hijacked by a Shin-Bet Judiciary
Gang_OpEdNews.com
http://www.opednews.com/articles/ÌSRAEL-Nation-hijacked-by-by-Joseph-
Zernik-Corruption_Fraud_Ìntegrity_Judges-131026-653.html
[10] 2012-12-31 State of Ìsrael - Collection and Enforcement Authority Annual
Report 2012
http://www.scribd.com/doc/178559846/
[11] 2014-02-27 Zernik, J., ÌSRAEL: War hero Moti Ashkenazi+76 others
versus the medieval debtors' courts_OpEdNews.com
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http://www.opednews.com/articles/ÌSRAEL-War-hero-Moti-Ashk-by-Joseph-
Zernik-Banking-Crime_Corporate-Corruption-Crime_Corruption-Ìn-Legal-
Profession_Foreclosures-140227-143.html
[12] 2011-11-01 Only 22% of Ìsraelis Believe That Judges Do Not Take
Bribes_Haaretz
http://www.scribd.com/doc/176247234/
[13] 2013-05-13 Ìsrael Poorest of OECD Countries, 5th Largest Ìncome Gap
http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2013/05/14/israel-poorest-of-oecd-countries-
5th-largest-income-gap/
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