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Sunday July 25, 2010 9:59 AM (EST+7)
Arrest connects Shin Bet with settler groups

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RAMALLAH, July 25 (JMCC) - The arrest last week of an Israeli man suspected of killing four Palestinians has inadvertently exposed connections between Israel's secret service and the right wing settler movement.

Chaim Pearlman was arrested for stabbing to death four Palestinians and injuring at least seven others in attacks dating back more than a decade, reports the National.

Ties between the Shin Bet and illegal settler organizations have come to light after Mr Pearlman’s arrest. The Shin Bet have been cornered into admitting that they recruited Mr Pearlman as an agent in 2000, in the midst of his alleged stabbing spree, despite the fact that he was a known member of Kach, an outlawed group calling for the expulsion of Palestinians from “Greater Israel”.

In addition, Mr Pearlman has also released tape recordings he secretly made of recent conversations with an undercover Shin Bet agent who tried to get Mr Pearlman to incriminate himself.

The agent, who befriended Mr Pearlman and was known as “Dada”, can be heard exhorting him both to go to an “Arab village” to “turn it into a fireworks display” and to execute Sheikh Raed Salah, a leader of the Islamic Movement and a recent participant in the aid flotilla to Gaza that was attacked by Israel.

In the 20 hours of recordings with Dada, some of which have been broadcast on Israeli television, the undercover agent can be heard repeatedly inciting Mr Pearlman to kill Sheikh Salah,

Dada says: “Why haven’t soldiers killed Raed Salah, may he die? Someone should take care of him, send him to the next world.”

He then suggests Mr Pearlman shoot at the sheikh’s car or put a bomb under it. “That’s the classic one. Nothing’s left, everything goes everywhere,” he says on the recording.

Dada’s advice came after Sheikh Salah had stated that Israeli commandos aboard Mavi Marmara ship had tried to kill him. Mr Pearlman, who apparently suspected he was being investigated, sent the recorded conversations with Dada to local media to be broadcast in the event of his detention.

Read the story at The National...






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