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Camp 1391

Last modified: 28 Jan 2010

Country: Israel   

Locale: between Hadera and Umm al-Fahm

Latitude: 32° 19' 59" N     Longitude: 35° 28' 0" E

Area use / Military Branches: IDF - Prison


Prison run by Israel's military Intelligence service; comparable with US Army Camp - X Guantanamo Bay
Especially for "high-risk" prisoners in northern Israel.
The existence of the facility was unknown to the public before 2003 and information about it remains hazy.
The location of the camp was accidentally discovered by Israeli historian Gad Kroizer, who found a 70-year old map drawn by a government architect while researching old British police buildings. On the map were 62 British police compounds in Palestine in the late 1930s and early 1940s where Arab and Jewish militants against the British occupation were interrogated.
One camp, "Meretz", did not appear on any modern Israeli maps.
In 2004, Kroizer published an article in an academic journal, mentioning the prison location in a footnote. Some days later he received a phone call from Israel's military censor asking why the article had not been submitted for inspection. According to The Guardian, the facility "had been airbrushed from Israeli aerial photographs and purged from modern maps."
Camp 1391 is situated in a Tegart fort on the main road between Hadera and Afula in northern Israel

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