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Cablegate: Response to Request for Human Rights Vetting For

VZCZCXYZ0002
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHC #5991 0182036
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 182034Z JAN 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUEHJM/AMCONSUL JERUSALEM IMMEDIATE 1720
RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV PRIORITY 2707

UNCLAS STATE 005991

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PHUM ASEC IS WE KPAL MASS MARR
SUBJECT: RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR
MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY FORCES

REF: 07 JERUSALEM 00101

1. The Department of State has reviewed its files and finds
that as of January 18, 2008, it possesses no credible
information of gross violations of human rights by the
members of the Presidential Guard listed in the referenced
cables.

2. Post is permitted to provide the following statement to
authorized parties: Consulate in Jerusalem verifies that the
Department of State possesses no credible information of
gross violations of human rights by the Presidential Guard
members identified in refs A and B, per paragraph 1 above, as
of this date. Please note request in para (3) below,
however, for further vetting by post on one individual. Post
may cite this cable in response.

3. The Department notes the following exception:


Mohammad K M Sawafta
POB: Jenin
DOB: 18 February 1980
ID: 906243019

The Department,s search disclosed that on July 6, 2007
Mohammad Sawafta was arrested in the West Bank town of Tubas.

4. If in the future Post becomes aware of possible human
rights violation by the individuals referenced above, Post
should inform the Department and not proceed with the
training.

5. Point of contact at the Department is Lynn Harris,
NEA/IPA, 202-647-2647.
RICE

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