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B'Tselem: Do not appoint Gillon as Ambassador

B'Tselem appeals today to the Israeli and Danish Foreign Ministers: Don't Allow Carmi Gillon to Serve as Ambassador to Denmark

As head of the General Security Service from March 1995 to February 1996, Carmi Gillon bears responsibility for the torture of at least 850 Palestinians who were interrogated during his tenure. One of those tortured, 'Abd a-Samed Harizat, died on 25 April, 1995, three days after his detention, after being violently shaken in interrogation. None of those involved - including Gillon - was ever charged or even suspended for this death.

B'Tselem calls upon Israel's Foreign Ministry, Mr. Shimon Peres, not to appoint to a representative position a person responsible for the torture of hundreds of detainees, in violation of international and Israeli law. In addition, B'Tselem calls upon the Danish Foreign Minister, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, not to approve Mr. Gillon's credentials.

This appointment follows the attempt to appoint Ehud Yatom to the Prime Minister's Advisor on Terrorism, an appointment that is under the scrutiny of the High Court of Justice. B'Tselem regrets that the Government of Israel continues to appoint individuals with a shameful past to high ranking positions.