Subject: Shin Beth Chief: apartheid in territories
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 13:05:33 -0500
Former Shin Beth chief warns Israel against "apartheid" in territories Agence France Presse
The former leader of Shin Beth, Israel's domestic security agency, warned
the government Monday against the emergence of a system of apartheid in the
"Israel must decide quickly what sort of environment it wants to live
because the current model, which has some apartheid characteristics, is not
compatible with Jewish principles," Ami Ayalon said in reference to the
former South African system of racial separation.
In remarks broadcast by Israeli public radio he also voiced concern
Israel had refused to release prisoners from Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat's Fatah faction "with which we signed peace", but that in exchange
for soldiers it had freed "terrorists" -- members of the Shiite Muslim
Hezbollah guerrilla movement in Lebanon.
Ayalon also warned against economic separation between Israel and the
Palestinians, something Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has put back on
the political agenda after the two-month spiral of deadly violence in the
The territories, land occupied by the Jewish state in the 1967 Arab-Israeli
war, are being crippled economically since Barak's government slapped a
blockage after the start of the uprising.
Ayalon described Israel and the Palestinians as "twins" intertwined
economically after 33 years of occupation and said any separation would
rebound against Israel
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