Послано Виталий Декабрь 13, 1999 - 03:06:53:
RETURN OF THE BIG COVERUP
by Barry Chamish
Today was supposed to be special. This was to be the day that Israel's
only secular alternative newspaper, Makor Rishon, returned to life. And to
celebrate its revival, Makor Rishon was going to expose the full extent of
the Rabin assassination coverup in detail.
And indeed, the newspaper was printed and a six page article written by
Tsur Ehrlich about my work did appear with the headline, Khaver Ani Khoker;
Friend, I'm Investigating. The radio commercials were broadcast this morning
declaring the revival of Makor Rishon and proudly announcing that its
feature article was a focus on my latest Rabin revelations. But at 10:30
this morning Tsur phoned to say, "We're not sure what happened yet, but the
paper wasn't distributed."
"What do you mean?" I asked. "What happened to the copies?"
"We really don't know yet. They could all have been trashed by the
"Do you think it's because of the Rabin expose?"
"Not very likely. We think the distributors are taking revenge for old
So, I make no claims that the authorities suppressed the issue. Still I
have my suspicions and here is why:
for the past month I have suffered one media disappointment after another.
Every time it looks like I will finally be given a widespread forum to
present the facts to the public, something comes up at the last minute to
wipe out the opportunity. Two examples: three weeks ago I was filmed at
length by the Channel Two morning program, Coffee Time, only to have my
segment nixed from the show minutes before air-time. The next week, I was
invited to appear on the Channel One program Politika. The producer came in
the morning to interview me and by 4:30 in the afternoon, he called to say
he was told to cancel my appearance because a balancing opinion could not be
The powers that be have been doing a marvelous job of repression in the
past two weeks. Barely a fortnight ago, the Rabin family called for a
reinvestigation of the Rabin murder and the media was forced to report that
the circumstances of the assassination didn't add up. Then suddenly there
was nothing. Rabin's children and wife were no longer newsworthy and the
truth was stopped in its tracks.
So here I am, giving you some of the new revelations that you will not
have a chance to read in Makor Rishon today and that you will never read in
the mainstream media. I am very grateful to several of my correspondents for
pitching in to spread this letter as widely as possible. Most of you reading
this are concerned correspondents who have long ago asked to be updated on
my work. Some of you are friends of my regular correspondents who
recommended you as recipients in an attempt to fight the media suppression
through an alternative e-mail network.
A mere five years ago, the Rabin assassination coverup would have failed.
Then came the Internet. Because of you fine folks spreading the truth, the
latest polls (Gallup, Jerusalem Post) show that some 65% of Israelis want
Rabin's murder reinvestigated. And these people have bought my book Who
Murdered Yitzhak Rabin by the thousands and made it number three on the
Yediot Ahronot bestselling Israeli books list last week.
So let's have a look at some new developments.
* One of the most intrepid truthseekers has been Asher Zuckerman, editor
of the religious newspaper Kol Hashavuah. He just broke the disturbing
report on the condition of the head of the surgical team which operated on
Rabin, Dr. Mordechai Gutman. For those unfamiliar with the medical
inconsistencies of the Rabin murder, according to the State Pathologist's
report and the findings of the Shamgar Commission, Rabin was shot twice in
the back and was not inflicted with any spinal wounds. Dr. Gutman's notes
reveal that Rabin was shot once frontally and that two vertebrae were shattered.
For the past five weeks Dr. Gutman has been incarcerated in Tel Hashomer
Hospital with headaches that have all but incapacitated him. His doctors
have sent his test results to hospitals around the world and cannot find the
cause of his debilitating affliction.
* At a recent lecture, a member of the audience asked to speak with me
privately and requested that I do not reveal his name. He opened my Hebrew
book to the page where I presented the report on Hagai Amir's weapons from
police ballistics laboratory. Hagai Amir was imprisoned for keeping an
arsenal of weapons in his home and for giving his brother Yigal the bullets
which supposedly murdered Rabin. Included in the armory was a pistol whose
serial number was noted.
The audience member took out his own weapon and asked me to read the
serial number. It was the very same number as Hagai Amir's pistol. How could
that be, I asked? He explained, "The night after the murder, the Shabak
raided my house and took my gun and bullets. They had to have handed them
over to the police, claiming they actually belonged to Hagai Amir."
* Remember Rabin's blood-soaked song sheet held by Eitan Haber at his
funeral? The week after the murder, a local Ashdod newspaper interviewed a
hospital worker who insisted that he saw the songsheet fall out of Rabin's
jacket pocket and that there was no blood on it. The implication is that
after Haber absconded with the sheet from Ichilov, the blood was
deliberately stained on the paper.
* In a profound piece of detective work, Dr. David Chen discovered the
identities of one doctor and two paramedics who sat in an ambulance not
twelve feet away from where Rabin was shot by Amir's blank bullets. After
the first shot was heard, they ran towards Rabin and were physically
prevented from reaching him by Rabin's bodyguards. The doctor was actually
forced to the ground.
* Last Friday I appeared in a discussion group with Knesset members
Michael Eitan, Nomi Blumenthal and Gideon Ezra. Former Shabak Deputy Chief
Ezra was challenged by attorney Mordechai Mintzer to explain the twelve year
incarceration of the Kahalani brothers. He replied that they were dangerous
terrorists who were planning to mass murder Arabs. I said to him, "I have a
report from the police ballistics laboratory from the night before the
weapons were discovered in the Kahalani brothers' possession. The police had
the rifles and therefore planted them the next day, not in their car but in
a vehicle owned by a Shabak agent named Yves Tibi. The Kahalani brothers
were set up and I can prove it." Ezra answered, "That's clear," and then
stopped himself. Draw your own conclusions. The audience of 300 had no
trouble doing so.
These are some of the facts the Israeli media is hiding from you. This
week, however, presents a unique opportunity to create a situation where
they can do so no more. On Thursday, Dec. 16, at 8:30 AM, in the Beit
Mishpat Leshalom in Jerusalem, at the Russian Compound, the Shabak
provocateur Avishai Raviv's trial begins. The newsmagazine Kol Ha'ir
reported that Raviv was offered a generous deal if he confessed to failing
to prevent Rabin's murder, and he turned it down.
And why shouldn't he? A minute after Amir's shots, Raviv called the
beeper phones of over 30 reporters and announced, "We missed this time, but
next time we'll get Rabin." A minute later, a Maariv reporter called back
and Raviv gave out Yigal Amir's details, forty minutes before Amir's name
was announced to the public. Raviv is innocent of the charge that he didn't
prevent Rabin's murder. He knew of a fake murder attempt, not a genuine killing.
It looks like Raviv will fight for his innocence and the prosecution will
do all in its power to prevent him from having a fair trial. It is vital
that anyone concerned for Israel's democracy sit in the courtroom as
witnesses. Only by doing so, is there a faint possibility that the trial
won't turn into a judicial farce. Recall that twice before, Raviv's hearing
was postponed. Before arriving, it might be wise to phone the court
spokesperson and doublecheck that the proceedings will take place. Call
Yochi at 02 6706411.
Finally, the English version of Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin is sold out in
Israel. So David Perkins flew to Los Angeles to buy out the publisher's
stock to be sold through the Zionist Book Club. He'll be back just in time
for Raviv's trial with, hopefully, 1500 copies following him. Contact him at
As usual, the Hebrew and Russian editions are available from Gefen Books.
Write firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 5380247 and the French edition
is available by writing email@example.com And you might like to go
into the Talk Back section of http://www.webseers.com/rabin for the latest
information on the assassination from sources worldwide. If you are
interested in acquiring the Makor Rishon article that will never hit the
stands, the author Tsur Ehrlich's phone is 02 5904051.