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      Is the Shin Bet Using Extortion to Recruit New Agents?

      Johnathan Drori of Yitzhar says the Shin Bet barred him from Yesha, but offered to rescind the order if he cooperated with them.
      By Gabe Kahn.
      First Publish: 2/14/2012, 8:32 PM

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      Jonathan Drori says he and his family were summarily barred from Gilad Farm by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) three weeks ago as a means of extorting his grandfather's cooperation.

      Drori told Arutz Sheva that there is no reason for the order other than to bring pressure on his grandfather, who was told it would be rescinded if he cooperated with the Shin Bet.

      "Three weeks ago, at three o'clock in the morning, they knocked on our door and told me I had 72 hours to depart Judea and Samaria. The Shin Bet agent told me that anyone who thinks he will act like a hero is 'screwed.'"

      "They told me that I had been ordered out of Judea and Samaria for six months, but to avoid financial liability for costs incurred, they allowed me to stay in Ma'aleh Adumim," Drori said.

      Drori, who works for the Talmud Torah in Yizhar, said he does not understand why he was targeted for the order or how they can be given without a hearing.

      "We're a couple with two children," Drori said. "I make a living teaching in a Talmud Torah and learn from the Kollel Rabbis in Yitzhar. I built with my home with my own two hands."

      "But now I am barred from my home, my work, and from school. I have not done anything! Why was I given this restraining order? We were not even given a chance for an appeal," Drori added.

      Drori, who is visiting with his parents in Hispin in the Golan Heights, is currently considering whether his family wants to return to Judea and Samaria.

      "Last Saturday, before the restraining order was given, we visited by wife's parents home for the last time. Today, I ask myself whether to return to Samaria and receive more government abuse and more restraining orders."

      Drori said his grandfather was told by Shin Bet officials that they would cancel the restraining order in exchange for Drori's cooperation.

      "The Shin Bet called him right after I got the restraining order and offered to cancel the order, if he talks with me," Drori said. "My grandfather always wanted to be bridge for all sides of Israel. For this purpose, he met with the Shin Bet's Jewish Department - and also met with Rabbi Shapira."

      "I explained to him this put both of us in a dangerous and untenable position," Drori said. "He supports me. He informed me that after his consultation with Rabbi Shapira that he concluded the restraining order was issued so that he could intevene and I would be beholden to the Shin Bet."

      "Maybe they wanted to recruit me in exchange for cancellation of the order. I explained all this to Grandpa and he said he understands," Drori said. "Since we have not heard of them, we assume they have listened to our phones and realized that there was nothing to discuss."

      Drori said he believes arbitrary restraining orders may be a new pressure recruitment tactic for the ISA, "After Zvi Sukkot of Yitzhar received a restraining order, the Shin Bet made an appointment and told him he might be the order was issued 'by mistake' and they would be willing to cancel it if he would speak with them."

      "If it was a mistake why does he have to talk with them?" Drori asked. "Maybe this is their new way to recruit people."

      In early January, state officials openly told the Knesset Law and Justice Committee that they were actively pursuing an extra-judicial policy in Judea and Samaria.

      Haim Rahamim, head of the investigations and intelligence wing of the Judea and Samaria District in the West Bank, admitted to the committee that the Israel Police had been unsuccessful running undercover officers in the region and struggled to obtain sufficient evidence to make their cases in court.

      Ministry of Justice representative Attorney Karen Dahari openly admitted nationalist activists had been systematically targeted with extrajudicial orders when police failed to make their cases in court.

      "There is a phenomenon of violence in Judea and Samaria," Dahari told the committee. "We have a problem obtaining evidence and therefore we use distancing and administrative orders."

      Senior Assistant State Attorney Shlomi Abramson tried to defend the practice of using extrajudicial orders against citizens who had not been convicted of a crime by an impartial court.

      "As long as the law allows it we have a right to use them," Abramson said. "Administrative orders are a tool for the prosecution and are established precedent."

      "There is no system of oversight controlling the prosecution, but these orders are not just given a rubber stamp," Abramson claimed.

      Committee chair MK David Rotem told the officials "It may not be nice to say, but this is a clear violation of human rights."

      Rights observers note that issuing extrajudicial orders against citizens merely suspected of criminal acts is a gross violation of the fundamental right to due process and a common tactic employed by totalitarian police states.

      Shin Bet officials declined to comment on Drori's case when Arutz Sheva sought to question them about it.