Khaled Abu Shamala, 38, was in a taxi heading to the crossing point of Erez that links
Abu Shamala refused directly, condemning the immorality of the request. The officer laughed and started calling him names. Abu Shamala returned home depressed and exhausted. Two weeks later, on 28 October 2008, he died.
Khawla Arshid, 49, was a liver cancer patient. She underwent several chemotherapy sessions in an Israeli hospital. Three weeks ago, she was due for another chemotherapy session. She was stopped at the Erez Crossing and asked to collaborate with Shin Bet. She refused and was turned back. A week later, she died.
Gamal Abu Salam, 29, needed an operation to repair retinal damage. Doctors in
The Israeli Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) documented more than 30 cases of patients in
Often, intelligence operatives contact Palestinian youths and offer them money for information about the resistance. Selim, 23, is an unemployed college graduate living in
According to Palestinian security sources, some Palestinian youths have agreed to cooperate with the Shin Bet. Some of them were caught and interrogated. They described the manner in which they were recruited and the information they gave, which has mostly to do with the whereabouts of Palestinian resistance fighters.
The security apparatus of the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad, issued a statement telling Palestinian youths to remain vigil and take no incoming calls from unknown numbers in
A Palestinian official said that 80 per cent of Palestinian agents recruited are enticed through their need for money. Some become double agents, offering Shin Bet false information.
Fayez Abu Shamala was shocked when a man identifying himself as Rony and saying that he was an Israeli intelligence officer called him up. Rony asked Abu Shamala to collaborate. The request was particularly audacious, considering that Abu Shamala is a former mayor of Khan Younis and a widely read political writer who holds a PhD in Hebrew literature and served 10 years in Israeli prisons because of his political activism. Abu Shamala said that Rony knew that Ismail Haniyeh's government had relieved him from his position as mayor of Khan Younis and that the Ramallah-based government cut off his salary.
Rony told Abu Shamala that Hamas did a criminal thing when it relieved him from his post. Abu Shamala told him that this wasn't any of his business. Still, Rony called once more and was rebuffed yet again. His parting words to Abu Shamala: "You're too strong- headed. One cannot get through to you."
"I am sure that Israeli intelligence agents wouldn't have dared to call me had they not succeeded recruiting other people already," Abu Shamala said. He blames Palestinian infighting for this development, saying that divisions have demoralised the Palestinians.
Many Palestinians say Shin Bet operatives contacted them with an offer of $10,000 if they provide information about the whereabouts of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier captured and kept by Hamas. The operatives leave a phone number for Palestinians to call if they have information.
The link: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/925/re8.htm