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Real-life example of why National ID cards won't work
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#Date: Fri, 17 Nov 95 16:18:55 PST
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#Subject: Update 755
SNS News Service "Interior Ministry Scandal"
November 19, 1995..26 Cheshvan 5756..Number 755..Update from
Following a report released by Yediot Achronot Newspaper, Interior
Minister (Labor) Ehud Barak has ordered an immediate investigation
into allegations of wrong-doing by senior Ministry officials.
The report states that falsified ID cards and other Ministry permits
are being sold to Arabs. Among those mentioned in the newspaper
story is Chaim Ben-Atar, the Director of the Ministry's East
Jerusalem Office, a Member of Knesset, and past members of the
Mossad and GSS (Shin Bet).
The Yediot report also alleges that Police officials silenced
investigations over the past two years (that may have prevented
terrorist attacks) for the fear of revealing names of top officials
involved in the Ministry false documentation scam. The
investigations involved senior officers in the IDF Civil Administration,
IDF officers, senior Ministry of the Interior officials and officials in
the Jerusalem Municipality.
Some of the allegations:
1) In the East Jerusalem Branch of the Ministry of the Interior,
Arabs that are not entitled by law may still receive ID cards, travel
permits to Jordan, and other official documentation in return for
cash payments or "favors".
2) Senior officials in the security service of the State have abused
their connections with the east and west Jerusalem Ministry Offices,
and have offered permits to travel abroad in return for cash
payments. The permits were given to Arabs that would not be able
to obtain them legally.
3) Interior Ministry workers have received favors and cash payments
from Arab and Jewish agents in return for issuing travel documents,
ID cards and passports.
4) Chaim Ben-Atar, the Director of the East Jerusalem Interior
Ministry Registration Office has provided five Arab residents of
Gaza with ID cards stating they live in East Jerusalem.
5) Ben-Atar also employed an Arab woman during a four-year
period whose brother is a "religious fanatic activist in East
Jerusalem". The Arab woman who assisted Ben-Atar has access to
highly classified information. She was released from her position
one year ago for "personal reasons."
6) During an investigation into wrong-doing by the past head of the
Allenby Bridge crossing, information pointing to wrong-doing by
other senior IDF officers and Jerusalem Municipality workers was
uncovered as well. The Ministry chose not to pursue the
investigation against them. The cases against them were silenced
by Interior Ministry officials. (Yediot Achronot ..11/19..Page 5).