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Shin Bet – An ingrained culture of torture and deceit

Publisher MEMO Publishers
Published September 19, 2011
Digital 18 Pages
Language English

Known at different times by various names (the General Security Service [GSS], the Israeli Security Agency [ISA], Shabak], Shin Bet is Israel’s internal security and counter-intelligence service. Its role includes the interrogation of “suspects”; exposing “terrorist” rings; counter-espionage; the protection of the state president and so on. It is one of three branches of the Israeli intelligence community.

1- Shin Bet: Primarily internal security
2- Mossad: Primarily external security, overseas intelligence
3- Aman: Military intelligence

With its motto “the defender that shall not be seen” or “the unseen shield”, Shin Bet has remained a relatively clandestine organisation operating for the most part in obscurity. It has only really come to the public’s attention when missions have been bungled and, even then, only occasionally.

About the Author


Dr Hanan Chehata

Hanan Chehata is an activist, political writer and commentator on the Middle East. She is also actively involved in various charitable and humanitarian initiatives. Educated at Brunel University in London, Dr Chehata received her BA in Law in 2000 followed by a Master’s in Criminal Justice in 2002 and a PhD in Law in 2007....

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