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Ayalon Prison: Nameless inmate commits suicide, then disappears

Itamar Sha’altiel on the indispensable “Slippery Slope” blog noticed the following new bleep that appeared on YNET:

“An inmate held in solitary confinement at Ayalon Prison committed suicide by hanging in his cell two weeks ago. The warden team that noticed him took him down and tried to revive him, but in vain. He was taken to the prison clinic and was pronounced dead.

Unlike in earlier cases, the Prison Service did not release a press statement and no details were give of the man’s identity. This is the 13th prisoner that managed to commit suicide in prison or in detention, and the second this month.”

The bleep, which is still there, was followed up by a larger news report, that was taken down almost immediately; I attach a screenshot in case the bleep is taken down as well.

The news report was briefly reproduced on Rotter.net, the right-wing news junkie forum, before being taken down there as well; “Desperado Square“, another left-wing blog, managed to capture fragments of the full piece.

As the blog points out, the source appears to be the website of Zaka, Israel’s funeral and remains recovery NGO. An equally laconic brief appeared there two weeks ago:

And just today, Amir Oren – who has made a habit of writing oblique commentary that only makes sense when things get de-classified – saw it fit to include the following passage in a column dedicated, quite coincidentally, to prison suicides:

“Particularly sensitive cases involve prisoners who are incarcerated for classified reasons, such as those involving security matters, and whose deaths are not made public.”

The Hebrew version gives a little more detail. Here is a verbatim translation:

Of particular severity is the scenario of a prisoner the circumstances of whose imprisonment are classified, because, for instance, of security considerations ratified by the court, and the fact of his death in  prison is unknown to the public.

Oren goes further, though:

In such a case, the investigation aims to determine whether any government or other agency with access to the most restricted prison units had an interest in silencing the prisoner, and if so, whether the prisoner’s death might be murder disguised as suicide.

I regret to say all this chimes all too neatly to the mystery of a certain solitary confinement inmate at Ayalon prison – that same Mr X whose case is being pursued by Richard Silverstein (whose doggedness on this I admire, even if I disagree with his guesses on who the prisoner might be.)

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    1. [...] Writing in 972 Magazine, Dimi Reider has captured the implicit meaning of Amir Oren’s Haaretz report as well (that the Ayalon prisoner was murdered, rather than committed suicide). He did so independent of any conversation with me. To be fair, Dimi doesn’t agree with my identification of the prisoner with Ali Reza Asgari. [...]

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    2. [...] האינטרנטי +972 כתב דידי ריידר שהידיעה הופיעה גם באתר "רוטר", שבו [...]

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    3. Andrew

      So Israel has its own ‘Man in The Iron Mask’

      Perhaps he died as a final gesture of anti-semitism, depriving the Israelis of whatever it was they wanted from him.

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