Who was ‘Officer X?’ The questions surrounding a mysterious demise

2021-06-06 20:40:54

It’s an odd story.

Throughout one of many calls the IDF had with reporters throughout Operation Guardian of the Partitions, the demise of an IDF officer in army jail was surprisingly introduced up.

However his demise was not associated to the preventing, and the story naturally dropped off the radar.

That’s, till final week, when Yediot Aharonot and Haaretz petitioned the court docket to launch details about the case.

The person, whose id is beneath two gag orders, had been behind bars since September. He was present in critical situation in his cell at newly opened Neve Tzedek army jail on the evening of Could 16 and later pronounced lifeless.

His id and an excellent quantity of details about the case have been launched by information web sites abroad. However many features in regards to the case stay beneath a decent gag order and are closely censored by the army and the court docket.

This leaves many necessary questions unanswered:

1. If it’s not espionage, why received’t the court docket or IDF launch his identify and what he did? If he dedicated a criminal offense, the army should say what it was.

2. Why is it taking so lengthy to launch the reason for his demise? He didn’t commit suicide, the IDF mentioned, including that he was not killed. So what was it? Did he die of pure causes? The IDF should enable an impartial investigation into his demise, as his household has requested, and never by its inner investigations unit.

3. If he had been discharged by the IDF throughout his time in jail, why wasn’t he moved to a civilian jail?

The household of the officer is livid.

“The anger is on the try to make somebody who died in army jail vanish,” one in all his relations informed Haaretz. “We don’t know something. Nobody has defined to us what occurred. All of the IDF’s conduct looks like an try to cover their very own failures. How may they attempt to erase an individual like this?”

And being erased he’s, together with on social media, the place most of his posts have been deleted.

He’s additionally not the primary “Prisoner X” in Israeli historical past.

The case is paying homage to Ben Zygier, reportedly a former Mossad agent, who was arrested in March 2010 and held beneath a false alias in Ayalon Jail’s secluded Wing 15.

In keeping with studies, his identification was even hidden from the guards on the jail.

A twin Australian-Israeli citizen, Zygier hung himself in December and was laid to relaxation in a Melbourne Jewish cemetery. Zygier’s id was not launched by Israel till three years later.

There’s additionally the case of Anat Kamm, who leaked hundreds of labeled army paperwork to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau. She leaked the paperwork after ending her army service, throughout which she labored as an assistant within the workplace of Central Command’s commander.

Kamm was convicted of offering confidential info with out authorization.

Officer X’s id is understood solely by his family and friends. However they nonetheless have no idea why he was arrested within the first place and, most significantly for them, why he died.

The army contends that releasing his identify would hurt nationwide safety. But when he wasn’t charged with treason or espionage, why is he being made to vanish?

The court docket and IDF must launch the fees and determine the fallen soldier. At this time, it’s Officer X. Tomorrow, who is aware of who could be subsequent?

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