Prisoner X: What we know – What we don’t
There is little doubt that Israel incarcerated a prisoner in Ramla at the Ayalon prison…but no-one can positively identify him.
According to ABC-TV’s foreign correspondent he was believed to be Ben Zygier who they believe to be known in Israel as Ben Alon.
Prisoner “X” took his own life in December 2010. Witnesses say that a death certificate sighted said it was Ben Alon and that he had died of asphyxiation as aresult of hanging.
We know that the family of Ben Zygier contacted the Australian diplomatic services to facilitate the repatriation of his body to Australia. Zygier was buried at the Springvale Cemetery in Melbourne. He died in Israel on December 15, 2010 and was buried in Melbourne one week later. Zygier is believed to have lived in Israel for ten years. He was married with two children.
A spokesperson for Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr told J-Wire: “The first we heard about the deceased was when the family in Melbourne applied to the embassy in Tel Aviv for assistance in organising the return of Zygier’s body to Melbourne for burial. If Intelligence, Mossad or any other similar organisation is involved, we will not be informed.”
What we do not know.
The ABC program was careful to point out that certain issues which could be interpreted as facts are in fact mere speculation.
They say they “understood Zygier had been recruited by Mossad”. The ABC correcty points out that countries such as Australia and New Zealand are quiet and “innocent”.
There is no doubt that Ben Zygier “disappeared” in 2010 and human rights activists have criticized the Israeli government for the secret imprisonment of Prisoner X.
Israeli media has been silenced by powerful laws which impact on the nation’s security.
In Australia message left for the Zygier family remain unanswered.
Was Ben Zygier “Prisoner X”…perhaps only time will tell, and perhaps a substantial amount of time.