Karamallah Daher, Israeli group urges countries arrest Shin Bet man

Karamallah Daher, Israeli group urges countries arrest Shin Bet man

Reuters, 08-08-1996

JERUSALEM, Aug 8 (Reuter) – A leading Israeli human rights group has called on foreign countries to arrest and try a former Israeli Shin Bet secret police officer who admitted he crushed the skulls of two Palestinian prisoners over a decade ago. “B’Tselem today called upon human rights organizations around the world to demand that any state in which Ehud Yatom is present arrest and institute criminal proceedings against him,” the group said in a press release late on Wednesday night. “This is the first time that B’Tselem has requested foreign countries detain an Israeli official. It decided to take this unprecedented action because Yatom cannot be held accountable inside Israel due to the sweeping pardon granted to him.” Yatom shocked Israel in July by giving the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper a graphic description of the double murder of two Palestinian bus hijackers 12 years ago. He admitted to crushing the skulls of Subhi and Majdi Abu-Jamya with a stone. Yatom, whose brother Danny Yatom heads Israel’s Mossad spy service, said he killed the hijackers at the instruction of then Shin Bet chief Avraham Shalom and was proud of his actions. Media reports said that shortly after Yatom gave the interview he left for Switzerland. His present whereabouts are unknown. The pair were captured in a 1984 raid on an Israeli bus they and two other Palestinians had hijacked. The other two hijackers were killed in the raid along with an Israeli woman. Shin Bet officials said at the time Subhi and Majdi died in custody of their wounds but an Israeli newspaper published pictures of the two being taken from the scene unhurt. The affair in the end led to the resignation of Shalom and three other top officials. They received presidential pardons along with seven agents involved in the incident, including Yatom.