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Australian named as Israel's 'Prisoner X'
Published Tuesday 12/02/2013 (updated) 14/02/2013 15:18
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Israeli prison guards stand at the entrance to Ketziot prison in southern
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LONDON (Reuters) -- An Australian man committed suicide in a high-security Israeli jail in 2010 after being held for months in great secrecy, Australia's ABC channel said on Tuesday, throwing new light on a case that has rattled Israel.

The unsourced ABC story named the man, known previously only as "prisoner x", as Ben Zygier. It added that it "understood" the 34-year-old from Melbourne had been previously recruited by the Israeli spy agency Mossad.

There was no official comment on the story in Israel.

However, within hours of the report surfacing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office summoned Israeli editors to ask them not to publish a story "that is very embarrassing to a certain government agency", Israel's Haaretz newspaper said.

"The emergency meeting was called following a broadcast outside Israel regarding the incident in question," Haaretz said, giving no further information.

Shortly afterwards, all reference to the Australian report vanished from Israeli news sites -- including Haaretz itself.

Such a gag order is highly unusual in Israel, where state military censors normally allow local media to quote foreign sources on controversial incidents -- such as an alleged attack on Syria last month by the Israeli airforce.



ABC said that Zygier's imprisonment was so secret that not even his guards knew his name. However, word got out at the time of a mysterious prisoner and human rights groups wrote to the state to demand more information.

"It is insupportable that, in a democratic country, authorities can arrest people in complete secrecy and disappear them from public view without the public even knowing such an arrest took place," the Association for Civil Rights in Israel wrote in June 2010.

When Israel's Ynet website wrote about the case that same month the story was quickly removed because of a gag order.

ABC said Zygier had moved to Israel 10 years before his death and changed his name to Ben Alon. It gave no reason for his imprisonment, speculating only that it would have had to concern espionage and sensitive state secrets.

Funeral notices from Australia show that Zygier's body was flown back to Melbourne at the end of December 2010 for burial.
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1 ) Omar / usa
12/02/2013 18:24
This is Evil Zionism. Israel will even kill it's own people to keep the myth of Zionism. Zionism must die!

2 ) ashraf / palestne
12/02/2013 18:35
fuck zionest

3 ) bashar / al hariri
12/02/2013 18:40
mossad story/article

4 ) Arnold / Canada
12/02/2013 20:19
Omar / USA # 1. I want to know the truth about prisoner X. But in the meantime you see that we Zionists treat all with the same respect or disdain.

5 ) Yigal / Vienna
12/02/2013 20:55
Why the donkey fucks killed him? Where is freedom and human rights?

6 ) Maureen / Australia
12/02/2013 21:20
Who knows what to believe? Perhaps, if the man was a Mossad spy, the Zionists maybe playing games...

7 ) JoeUSA / USA
12/02/2013 22:38
This stiory is being hushed up in Israel because it is potentialy embarrassing the Israeli government , souring relations with Australia , whose prime minister is a devout proponent of israel , the arrest itself sounds extrajudicial shrouded with secrecy and sounds like another botched Mossad operation with a hint of torture in Israeli jails. The media in Israel is not going to accept the request of Bibi , they are going to take the story and run with it as soon as they discover its dimensions.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/02/2013 22:39
'Shortly afterwards, all reference to the Australian report vanished from Israeli news sites -- including Haaretz itself.' Cat got out of the bag anyway. Pretty funny if we get Zionists jumping the gun and claiming the story is just 'Arab propaganda': http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/australian-report-on-israels-prisoner-x-suggests-melbourne-man-was-mossad-agent/?ref=middleeast&gwh=D026BC78B2407B634904F67BA4D83523

9 ) USAUSA / USA
12/02/2013 22:45
@1: It is very distressing you are bringing your hatreds into the USA. We don't need that kind of hatred. Our country is successful because we have avoided the insane hatred of the Middle East. No one must die - that is twisted. Please go back to the Middle East if this is your kind of thinking. Syria needs you.

10 ) Omar / Egypt
12/02/2013 23:32
I have gas

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
13/02/2013 00:03
I wonder what he did or was going to say that was so important to keep from getting out? Given that it's Israel...

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
13/02/2013 00:53
To USAUSA: '@1: It is very distressing you are bringing your hatreds into the USA. We don't need that kind of hatred. Our country is successful because we have avoided the insane hatred of the Middle East. ' Hello? We helped make Israel, subsidize her to the tune of 3 billion dollars a year, arm her, and are her only defender in the world. We have not merely not avoided 'the insane hatred' -- we more than anyone caused it and fuel it. Your protest is absurd.

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
13/02/2013 00:57
To JoeUSA #7 'they are going to take the story and run with it as soon as they discover its dimensions.' That would depend on the dimensions. The Israeli government's reaction smells of panic -- the story was already out. Why still try to suppress it? This isn't just -- gasp -- that Israel carried out the Dubai killing, nor is it about Israel stealing passports. There's something much worse here, methinks. Like -- say -- who carried out the Burgas bombing. Something like that.

14 ) gabi / australia
13/02/2013 01:13
. . . and this is the sort of thing that Israel derides if it is done in any Muslim country!

15 ) LOLOL all yous guys really / care about what
13/02/2013 10:51
happened in an Israeli jail 3 years ago???

funny

16 ) ian / australia
13/02/2013 14:55
Seems to me Melbourne Jewish boy (and lawyer) Ben Zygier was approached in Israel by the Mossad. (Apparently we make good spies. Our passports and accents mean we can travel all over the ME coz people find us harmless and cute. Our government is also amenable to issuing new passports for name changes like Zygier to Alon or Allen...and accepts dual citizenship.) So, he arrives in Israel (at 24), adopts Israeli citizenship, completes military service (getting shot in the a**, something he is very

17 ) ian / australia
13/02/2013 14:56
(contd.) proud of) and joins the Mossad. Then things go horribly wrong. I don't think he turns traitor selling secrets that endanger the Jewish State. I think he just wants out of the Mossad. Perhaps he breaks down. But he KNOWS too much (perhaps groomed for some extreme op he can't go through with) and is disappeared into the Night and Fog like an NN prisoner in Nazi Germany. Informed he is NEVER getting out of the hi-tech, suicide-proof prison, he is left a rope of some sort in his cell

18 ) ian / australia
13/02/2013 15:00
(contd.) (Yigal Amir's cell...with 24/7 CCTV!) and hangs himself. It's just another macabre tale from a crazy state seemingly at war with everything moral and decent. Ben Zygier, like all young Australian Jews, was brought up to love and long for the Land of the Forefathers. Eretz Yisrael. G-d's gift to the Jewish people. Sees when he finally went, he found out the hard way what a crock it was.

19 ) Colin Wright / USA
15/02/2013 06:45
To #15 'LOLOL all yous guys really / care about what happened in an Israeli jail 3 years ago??? funny' No. (a) We just like what it says about Israel, and (b) we're consumed with curiosity to know just what was the crime so foul that Israel felt compelled to go to these lengths to cover it up. Pending finding that out, we'll just guess.

20 ) Colin Wright / USA
15/02/2013 06:47
To ian #18 ' It's just another macabre tale from a crazy state seemingly at war with everything moral and decent. ' Well, yeah -- but this like saying Nazi Germany was bad. In this case, what SPECIFICALLY was Israel trying to hide?
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