Why Should the Name Avi Dichter Be Familiar to Georgians?

Avi Dichter is the current Home Front Minister of Israel. In 2002, in his capacity as head of the Israeli intelligence service Shin Bet, he assassinated Salah Shehadeh. Because this assassination also killed 15 others, including 9 children, and injured dozens more, human rights advocates, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, have called for his arrest and trial as a war criminal. Salah was a Hamas leader in Gaza with whom Israel was negotiating a cease-fire. In 2012, Israel assassinated Ahmed Jaabari, with whom Israel was also negotiating a cease-fire.

In 2007, Avi Dichter met with public safety officers and others as part of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program.

Should not Georgians be concerned that their public safety officers are exchanging notes with war criminals and representatives of Apartheid Israel’s military and police?

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