Abusisi Confession Blatant Fraud – OpEd


After consulting with Dirar Abusisi’s attorney, his wife and brother and checking the facts regarding the Shabak accusations, I can say with absolute certainty that they are a fraud.

They are a fraud in large part because Abusisi, likely under torture or extreme duress gave an account to his interrogators that was blatantly false.  But the part that indicates the sheer incompetence of the security services is that they didn’t even check to determine whether the information he proferred was accurate.  That would seem to be an elemental rule of spycraft.


And whatever Abusisi couldn’t provide them to embellish the story they appear to have made up.

It seems that the Shabak has been hoisted on its own petard.

First, Shabak’s charge sheet claims Abusisi earned his PhD in missile design at the Kharkov military academy and that his advisor was a Professor Petrovich.

A few minor problems with claim: first, Abusisi attended the Zaporhizia Machine Building Institute, earned his degree in electrical generation, and Prof. Petrovich does not exist.  As I said, I have these facts both from Yousef Abusisi and the victim’s attorney and no information they’ve offered till now has been proven wrong.

In short, the accusations against Abusisi are a tissue of lies.

If Shabak throws this man in prison it and the government will be made to be the laughing-stock of intelligence agencies around the world.

And I put the world media on notice that whoever reports the Israeli charges at face value will wind up with egg on their faces.

Media emptor.

I also put the Shabak on notice that someday this man will go free and if you harm a hair on his head as punishment for what he’s done you will face a reckoning either moral or legal. The days of impunity are rapidly drawing to an end.

This article first appeared at Tikun Olam

Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein is an author, journalist and blogger, with articles appearing in Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Al Jazeera English, and Alternet. His work has also been in the Seattle Times, American Conservative Magazine, Beliefnet and Tikkun Magazine, where he is on the advisory board. Check out Silverstein's blog at Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, which he has maintained since February, 2003.

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