Israelis Consumed By The Mystery Of Prisoner With No Identity
June 21, 2010
Mr. X is being held in a top-secret wing of Ayalon prison, where a single cell lies behind double iron doors.
He receives no guests, is never released with the other inmates, and has no official name. The cell is referred to as Unit15.
No one knows what he has been charged with, or why he is there. But his condition and crimes are so secret that a gag order was placed on all of Israel’s media sources, and the story about his existence removed.
“He is simply a person without a name and without an identity who has been placed in total and utter isolation from the outside world,” an anonymous source within the prison said.
Already, theories of possible espionage are being woven all over the world, and critics have spoken out against holding him in such secrecy.
“It is insupportable that, in a democratic country, authorities can arrest people in complete secrecy and disappear them from public view without the public even knowing such an arrest took place,” human rights activist Dan Yakir said.
“There is no information on whether this person has been charged, whether he has been tried or whether he has been convicted.”
Officials within the government and prison refuse to comment on the existence of Mr. X.