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Barry Chamish Reports
Monday, October 04, 1999
AVISHAI RAVIV HAD A TRIAL - SORT OF
by Barry Chamish
The best news about Avishai Raviv's October 3 hearing was the crowd that
came out to witness it. They filled the chamber and forced security
personnel to leave an impressive cluster of people in the corridor.
And that crowd clearly surprised those employed to try and judge Raviv. The
prosecutor, Moshe Shilo, constantly complained that he was restrained from
explaining his case by the unexpected outsiders and he even suggested the
court be cleared. Those who sat in the chamber were insuring that justice be
Before the hearing began, the majority of the pundits expected a done
deal. Raviv would confess to the two charges against him: not preventing the
murder of Yitzhak Rabin and creating an inciteful organization, Eyal (Jewish
Warriors). He would admit that he didn't know of Amir's murderous intentions
towards Rabin, thus did not inform his superiors in the Shabak (General
Security Services). As a reward for his honesty and regret, he would do some
cushy public service work and the Shabak would be saved.
There were a few optimists who were certain a trial would take place
immediately. This hearing had been postponed twice since July, plenty of
time for both sides to have their cases fully prepared. These hopeful few
spoke of being in court until at least next week.
Raviv entered the courtroom without a kippah on his closely cut hair, so
all pretense of him being actually religious were dropped. After the camera
crews, all two of them, backed off and left some space, I stared closely at
Raviv's face. Then he stared back at me. I supposed that he was well aware
of my book on the Rabin assassination, since it concentrated so much on his
crimes and must have played a role in his sitting in the court at that
moment. He outstared me, I had to avert my eyes. Despite the fact that his
provocations on behalf of "peace" led to a depth of suffering seldom, if
ever, felt in a country that has felt more than its deserved share of pain,
he was one scared, confused young man. His eyes and expressionless face told
of countless hours of threats to his being if he sang at this trial, years
of cynical manipulation and subtle to overt mind control. He had to be
wondering how he got into this mess, if he had enough cerebral independence
left to wonder.
Included in the crowd were other people who had helped bring Raviv to
trial. They included Adir Zik, the Hatsofe and Arutz Sheva journalist who
had relentlessly pursued him for four years, reporting his every move
publicly. He even set up a Raviv hotline, allowing callers to report where
they had last seen the thug. Seated next to me was media watchdog Yisrael
Medad, who had taken an important aspect of the Raviv affair, a staged,
televised Eyal swearing-in-til-death initiation ceremony, to the Supreme
Court. In the row behind us was Arieh Zaritsky, head of the Professors For A
Safe Israel, who had awoken the academic community to the real Rabin murder
facts and thus given a "conspiracy theory" legitimacy among academia.
Now, since members of this court audience had no doubt that Raviv was a
monster, we were quietly rooting for the prosecutor Moshe Shiloh. Some
thirty years older than the defence lawyer, Eyal Shomroni-Cohen, he
benefitted from the respect that comes with age, a friendly visage and
occasionally, a humorous wit.
As for Shomroni-Cohen, well, we knew he was a Shabak mouthpiece who
appeared at the home of Yigal Amir's parents on the very night of the
assassination, took $2000 from them to defend his son, absconded with it and
ended up being Avishai Raviv's lawyer. On top of that he was young,
humorless and rather smarmy looking. And of course, we had no doubt his
client was guilty, and that didn't help his image problems.
So we looked for sinister motives when he complained that the
prosecution was blocking him from meeting with former GSS chiefs Yaacov
Perry and Carmi Gillon, and that he was denied access to 1300 pages of
printed material, including unreleased portions of the Shamgar Commission
findings. He insisted that Perry and Gillon were central to his case since
in the past, and in order to escape trials of their own, both had claimed
that Raviv was totally unaware of Amir's plans for Rabin. And he doubly
insisted that he had a legal right to peruse the prosecution docket to plan
his own argument.
Before Shiloh stood up to reply, I did think to myself, why wouldn't he
want Perry and Gillon on the stand? Isn't this what the trial is supposed to
be about? Doesn't he relish the opportunity to tear the Shabak honchos to
bits to get to the bottom of what Raviv's real crimes entailed? Then I had a
thought, if he did that, eventually he might get to the real truth; that
Rabin's assassination was initially supposed to be staged, that Amir shot
blank bullets and that someone took advantage of this "exercise" to murder
Rabin in actuality.
The thought passed almost unnoticed as Shiloh listed the usual national
security excuses for not releasing witnesses and testimonies to the defence.
Then Shiloh made an offer; he would allow the defence full access if it
agreed not to publicize the material and only in the presence of a security
officer from the Shabak or Justice Ministry. As for the Shamgar Commission
findings, he had no authority to release them to the defence.
At this point Judge Amnon Cohen, who led the panel of three justices,
turned down the offer of a Shabak or Justice Ministry security officer,
stating that he would appoint an appropriate security observor from the
court. So, we asked, what makes him so distrustful of, not so much the
Shabak, which was expected, but of his ultimate employer, the Justice
Shomroni-Cohen also became agitated that Shiloh did not name which rabbis
he was going to call as witnesses. When asked why, he replied that Amir's
intentions towards Rabin were well known throughout the religious community,
and without giving away his line of defence, Raviv was being picked on
because he was a Shabak agent.
At this point Judge Cohen observed, "Shabak agent or not, it is a crime
not to report the impending murder of the prime minister...Now I want to
know, did your client know about Yigal Amir's plans to shoot the prime
minister, yes or no."
For the first and only time in the session, there was a restrained gasp
from the audience when Shomroni-Cohen replied, "No."
Raviv was planning to defend himself. There was no deal. He didn't
confess. A trial would take place.
Then we fell back to earth. Shomroni-Cohen requested the right to appeal
to the Supreme Court to release the secret sections of the Shamgar Report
before the trial began. Judge Cohen sighed, smirked and said, "I barely have
control of this court, let alone the Supreme Court. But two months should be
enough time for them to answer your petition. The trial will begin, then, in
Though not necessarily. If the Supreme Court waited longer, the trial
could begin as late as February. We left the courtroom in great agitation,
almost all of us convinced that we had seen another delaying tactic by
Raviv's lawyer and the judges. But Professor Zaritsky sorted things out to
my satisfaction. "That's not what happened," he insisted. It was Shiloh who
was trying to cover everything up. His strategy was to deny Raviv access to
the most sensitive witnesses and documents and rush a judgement through. The
only way the truth will come out is if Raviv is in a fair fight. From now on
I'm watching out for the prosecution and cheering for Raviv to press a
An epiphany: RAVIV IS INNOCENT OF THE MAIN CHARGE AGAINST HIM. He did not
know Amir was going to murder Rabin and, in fact Amir did not murder Rabin.
Raviv knew only of a FAKE murder attempt. If he pursues the truth to the
end, he will be acquitted. If they let him.
I had bowed to Zaritsky's superior analytical skills. And I had to bow
twice. Right afterwards, a demonstrator outside the court building, Itamar
Ben Gvir came up to me. He had to be angry. In my book I quoted sections
from three sources: The Shamgar investigation report, the court protocols of
Yigal Amir's trial and police records; all of which record Amir testifying
that on the night of Rabin's murder he was informed that Avishai Raviv gave
right wing activist Itamar Ben Gvir a gun loaded with blanks and he intended
to shoot it at Rabin.
"Do you know the trouble you caused me?" Ben Gvir asked. "My parents read
the book and they were deeply distressed. I was beaten up at a rally because
people thought I was a Shabak agent. I never knew Amir. He tried to tie me
in to the assassination because I knew Raviv too well. It was all
disinformation. Don't see you that I'm just another victim of Raviv and
that's why I'm here today?"
At that moment, I did see.
Wednesday, October 06, 1999
NEW DEAD SEA SCROLL UNCOVERED: CONTAINS ASTRAL IMPLICATIONS
by Barry Chamish
A "lost" Dead Sea Scroll has reportedly been uncovered and if it is
proven authentic, it reveals
a new understanding of how the ancient Israelites viewed their God, his
angels and their place in the heavens.
Called the "Angel Scroll," it is a thousand lines long, was purchased in
Jordan in 1970 by a group of Benedictine monks and spirited away to their
German monastery. Upon his death in 1977, one of the group, Father Gustav
Mateus, bequeathed his photographs and hand transcriptions of the scroll to
an unnamed Jerusalem college administrator. He handed the material over to
Stephan Phann, a member of the team of scholars translating the scrolls held
by the Israeli government, and his findings were released to the
newsmagazine The Jerusalem Report.
Phann has declared that, "If the scroll is a hoax, it's a very good one.
It's a serious literary work."
But others are more skeptical. The existence of Father Mateus has not been
proven and the Jerusalem Report,
little more than a source of disinformation for the Labor Party, is hardly a
reliable venue. That said, experts are in general agreement that the text of
the scroll so far released "feels" genuine.
What little of the scroll that has been released, reveals its storyline
is a journey to the heavens accompanied by angels. According to Phann, the
text is full of "divine chariot-throne themes with elaborate details of
angels ascending heaven's multiple gates." And this should be of great
interest to the minions (most inspired by Von Danieken) who take a literal
view the bible's words, putting the many references to wheels within wheels,
flying scrolls, pillars of fire, etc. into a UFO context.
Longtime Israeli ufologist, now a student of kabala, Mordechai Spasser
believes it would be a mistake to interpret the new scroll from a UFO
viewpoint. "What I've read appears to me to be philosophy on an astral
plane, or simply, Jewish mysticism."
Keeping that possibility in mind, or melding it with the popular UFO
readings of extant Jewish holy scriptures, here are two passages from the
Angel Scroll, with my literal interpretation following both:
"And the Angel Pnimea said to me: "And son of man, lift up your eyes and see
all the secrets...that are in the fourth gate which is the gate of birth.
And I saw, and it was like the womb and the chambers of the stomach, and its
waters gush and roar like the breakers of the sea on the wall of the cave,
which cannot withstand its fury. And here is a seed of life in the water
emanating from the seed of man and from the seed of the woman for male and
female that He created. And the seed that is joined from the two seeds is
not like a clean slate. It is written inside and outside and it has within
knowledge and understanding before its creation and before its creation in
the womb. And the beginning of the child is not in the birth or in
conception nor is its end in death."
It appears that the narrator was shown an advanced real-time version of our
pathetic ultrasound technology. He stands before a gate, or unknown to him,
a monitor and sees male ejaculation into the womb, including a closeup of
sperm and egg. He witnesses conception and is then told the secrets of DNA
and genes. Pointedly, God has created both within mankind.
"According to the plan of that day, the Voice went forth to me and directed
me and he drove me by the Spirit. And a vision was revealed to me from the
Most High, and Pancimeia, Prince of Angels lifted me up in the Spirit and I
ascended heavenward above the high places of the clouds and he showed me the
great world and the image of the gods. And I pondered the appearance round
about and there was no time and no place and their appearance from the
dwelling places of light was like a rainbow in the clouds. And they had no
bodies and no bodily structure and the dominion of darkness was over all of
the earth round about."
Now this is one accurate description of a trip in the Space Shuttle. First
the traveller passes above cloud level. He observes the high places of the
clouds, possibly those ridges unseen at ground level. Then he sees the earth
from space and it is surrounded by darkness. He is shown images of the gods
and their homes on a control monitor and marvels at the fine color quality
and at the bizarre fact that there is no firmament to the images on the
That said and interpreted, I for one, am looking forward to reading the full
text of the Angel Scroll.
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