By Numbers: The Details, and Mystery of Prisoner X's Death

The state's report on Ben Zygier's suicide is chilling not just because it describes a searing family tragedy, but because it reveals the systematic violation of a young man's human rights and the great lengths the state has gone to in order to cover up its apparent misdoings.

I just finished reading a 28-page legal document, the report of the inquiry into the causes of death of Prisoner X. The document is blazoned with the menorah, the symbol of the State of Israel, under which appear the words “In camera – confidential/classified.” In the corner, someone has manually stamped the...