(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Audio recordings of an alleged Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) agent posing as
a far-right extremist and urging alleged Jewish terrorist Haim Pearlman to
murder the head of the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch, Raed Salah, were
aired on Channel 2 news on Thursday night.
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The recordings were made
available by Pearlman two days before his arrest on Tuesday, on the condition
that they would be broadcast following his arrest. Pearlman said the recordings
were made sometime in the last few months.
“We’ll send Salah to the next
world,” a voice can be heard saying in one recording.
“Make the driver
[of Salah’s vehicle] disappear...
Plant an explosive in the car, that’s
the easiest,” the man adds.
Pearlman is heard expressing reluctance to
cooperate, and airing concerns about going to jail.
“Why are you worried
about getting in trouble?” the man asks. “You can do a ‘bang bang’ like
Bar Noar,” the man added, referring to the name of the gay youth club
by a gunman in Tel Aviv in 2009, an attack that left two dead.
start a movement that gets things done... Are you a man or not?” the man
Responding to the recordings, a security source told The Jerusalem
, “It is important to understand the context of this story. This
procedure was an intelligence gathering effort aimed at examining
had regarding Pearlman’s role in a series of murders.
This was not
The source said that the operation was backed by an
additional “element,” referring to state prosecutors.
“We wanted to
create a mechanism through which we could receive information, which
indicate whether Pearlman was linked to the murders,” he said.
Thursday, Pearlman, who is suspected of four murders and seven attempted
murders, was remanded in custody until July 22 by the Petah Tikva
The suspect, who is associated with the outlawed Kahane Chai
movement, was arrested on Tuesday night by Jerusalem Police and the Shin
During the remand hearing, an officer from the Jerusalem Police
District Central Unit said Pearlman was suspected of a series of deadly
stabbings of Arabs from 1998 to 2004. The officer handed the presiding
classified report that he said contained evidence linking Pearlman to
The hearing was held in Pearlman’s absence as he has been
forbidden to meet with his lawyer Adi Keidar since his arrest. Pearlman
later taken in for a separate hearing in a different courtroom, where he
informed of the result of his remand hearing.
Pearlman’s wife Keren came
into the courtroom on Thursday carrying a copy of a pamphlet written by
leader of the far-right Kahane Chai party Noam Federman called “Know
Rights,” which deals with the rights of citizens while under
the police or Shin Bet.
At one point during the hearing, she caught a
glimpse of her husband as a door to an adjacent part of the courthouse
and yelled “Haim,” before rising and yelling his name once more as she
A number of Pearlman’s supporters also came to the courthouse and
sat in the back row during the hearing.
Keidar said on Thursday that the
charges against Pearlman represented “a very severe case of activation
Pearlman] by the Shin Bet under unacceptable conditions.”
He said the
security services were framing Pearlman.
Keidar works with the Honenu
organization, a group that provides legal assistance to Israeli Jews
of involvement in violent attacks on Arabs. He alleged that the Shin Bet
Pearlman and “exploited his economic distress in order to link him to
Keidar told the Post that police had no concrete evidence
against his client, and that the entire case hinged on a phone
between Pearlman and Shin Bet agents.
“They have no physical evidence; if
he doesn’t say anything, he’ll go home,” Keidar said.
During the hearing,
the police representative dismissed outright all of the defense’s claims
the Shin Bet framed Pearlman.
This past April, Pearlman was one of two
people arrested for hanging “Wanted” posters of Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. He
charged following that arrest.