Shin Bet admits double standard in treatment of Palestinian and Israeli suspects

February 7, 2006 9:55 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Yuval Diskin, chief of the Shin Bet Israeli Security Forces admitted on Monday that his department is more lenient towards Jewish Israeli terror suspects than toward Palestinians (even those Palestinians with Israeli citizenship)."A Jewish detainee and one from [the Israeli-Arab town of] Umm al-Fahm, would not be treated equally by the judicial system," "If we’re talking about discrimination, you would find out that the system leans much more in favor of Jews than Arabs,"

MK Ran Cohen (Meretz), while not denying the validity of Diskin’s claim, said that the security head should never ‘entangle himself in politics’, and should be dismissed from his post.  According to Cohen, it’s "unreasonable" for a Shin Bet chief to make such political statements.

"A Jew who carries out terror attacks is a cancer in the nation more than an Arab who carries out an attack," Diskin said.

The Shin Bet Security forces, an elite undercover force that is part of the Israeli military forces, have been responsible for the deaths of dozens of Palestinians, and are infamous for their assassins, who can kill Palestinians at long distance.  This is the first statement by the Shin Bet Agency to identify the differing treatment of Jewish and Arab suspects within Israel.

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