Israeli torture: 73 Palestinian detainees have died


RAMALLAH, June 26, 2013 (WAFA) – Marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, a Palestinian human rights group said Wednesday that since the Israeli occupation in 1967, a total of 73 Palestinian detainees have died from torture at the hands of their Israeli interrogators.

Arafat Jaradat, 30, who died on February 23 while under Israeli interrogation only one week after his arrest, was the most recent example of a torture victim, said Addameer, a prisoner support organization.

It said that a Palestinian detainee “is often subjected to some form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, whether physical or psychological, and ranging in extremity.”

The human rights group said the forms of torture and ill treatment employed against Palestinian prisoners include the following: beatings, tying prisoners in “stress positions”, interrogation sessions that last up to 12 consecutive hours, depriving prisoners of sleep and other sensory deprivation, isolation and solitary confinement, and threats against the lives of their relatives.

It said confessions extracted through such practices are admissible in court.

“These practices are in direct contravention of international law, including the United Nations Convention against Torture (CAT), ratified by Israel on 3 October 1991, which requires any State Party to prevent the use of torture and associated practices,” it said.

According to research by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, all 700 complaints of torture made against Israeli interrogators in the past 10 years were closed without any criminal investigation, said Addameer.

“On this day commemorating victims of torture, it is imperative that attention is drawn to the plight of the almost 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners, and the systematic torture which they are subjected to,” it said.

It called on Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, “to immediately form an investigation committee to investigate the situation of all Palestinian political prisoners, in particular the systematic use of torture they are subjected to by the Israeli security services and the Israeli prison service.”

Photo: Secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and his friend Barack Obama.


U.S., Israel and U.N. made a deal for the creation of a Greater Israel


1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US gov…ernment also promisedIsrael that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On October 2011, Israeli jets bomb Gaza Strip – Israeli jetfighters engage in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

5) On December 4th, 2012, Israel announced that it would move ahead on plans to build 3,000 settler homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem on territory the Palestinians claim as theirs ‘to punish the Palestinians for winning U.N. recognition’.

6) On May 29, 2013, Israel said it was ‘ready to reengage with UN Human Rights Council but only if fair play and international standards are applied’.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin: ‘Such a move would occur only if the body could guarantee that the Jewish state would receive fair treatment in the future’…


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I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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2 Responses to Israeli torture: 73 Palestinian detainees have died

  1. kruitvat says:

    Joint Open Letter Calling for Effective Intervention on behalf of Palestinian Prisoners

    10 May 2012 – Ref.: 104/2012

    To: Ms. Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
    Cc: Ms. Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, OCHA
    Mr. Robert H. Serry, Special Coordinator, UNSCO
    Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP
    Ms. Michele Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women
    Ms. Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO

    As organizations dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights, we, the undersigned NGOs, urgently request your intervention in respect to more than 2,000 Palestinian political prisoners who are currently engaged in an open-ended hunger strike that is now in its fourth week. Of particular concern are the lives of Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh, who are on their 73rd day of hunger strike. Both men are at immediate risk of death and have been subjected to severe medical negligence on the part of the Israeli Prison Service (IPS). Despite their critical condition, the Israeli High Court ruled against the appeals of their administrative detention orders. According to Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, this judgment was tantamount to a death sentence. An Israeli District Court also upheld a decision by the IPS not to allow them any family visits. In total, there are 4,653 Palestinian political prisoners, including 218 children (33 of whom are under the age of 16), in Israeli prisons.

    The hunger strikers have communicated the reasons underlying their hunger strike, which mainly address the extremely dire conditions in the prisons and punitive measures by the Israeli Prison Service; the policy of arbitrary internment without charge or trial, also referred to as administrative detention and including Israel’s Unlawful Combatants Law; Israel’s policy of collective punishment and punitive measures which were either introduced or intensified following the capture of Gilad Shalit in 2006, and which continue despite his release, including the denial of family visits to prisoners from the Gaza Strip; restriction on higher education for all prisoners and the excessive, abusive and hence, unlawful employment of solitary confinement and prolonged isolation; and forceful strip searches of prisoners and their visitors. These demands are similar to the demands that were raised in the preceding hunger strike that took place in September 2011, which ended after promises by Israel and the Israeli Prison Service therein to change these polices. No changes, whether structural or in policy, were made and the issue was overshadowed by the prisoner exchange deal in October.

    The hunger strike launched on 17 April 2012 was preceded by the hunger strikes carried out by individuals mainly in protest against the arbitrary policy of administrative detention, in addition to torture, inhuman and degrading treatment.

    While the previous hunger strikes of Khader Adnan and Hana Shalabi and the international attention related to their hunger strikes have pressured Israel into negotiations and the concluding of individual ‘agreements’ on the terms of their release, the general policy in respect to the arbitrary detention of 308 administrative detainees (including 24 Palestinian Legislative Council members) for extensive periods of time, has not changed.

    On the contrary, Israel and the Israeli Prison Service have intensified their efforts in thwarting the hunger strikes by maximizing punitive measures against those involved, including isolating hunger strikers, transferring prisoners between different prisons, daily fines of up to 100 euro, denial of electricity and water supply, introducing new questionable measures such as forced DNA sampling, and both directly and indirectly limiting their access to lawyers and independent physicians.

    The recent and ongoing hunger strikes are not only a means of protest and method of exerting pressure on Israel, but also an appeal of last resort to all; they are an act in which imminent death is weighed against the minimum standards required for living in dignity.

    Israel’s lack of seriousness in acting upon UN statements and the recommendations of several concluding observations as they pertain to prisoners amongst countless other human rights and humanitarian violations has not only catalyzed these hunger strikes, it undermines the role of the UN in ensuring State compliance and respect for international law and human rights for all. We, as human rights defenders, fear that Israel’s disregard for international law has an increasingly adverse impact on the promotion of human rights and contributes to a state of impunity.

    In this vein, we appeal to you to intervene in the strongest manner possible to protest the lack of compliance and accountability demonstrated by the State of Israel in affording Palestinian prisoners the standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners and progressive implementation of human rights law as it pertains to Palestinians and Palestinian prisoners and in fulfillment of the UN bodies’ concluding observations and recommendations.

    Furthermore, given the gravity of the current situation, and the increasingly perilous medical conditions of prisoners on protracted hunger strike, we hope that both public and undisclosed channels of communication are utilized to ensure that urgent attention and action are invested in pressuring Israel to bring its practices in alignment with international human rights law.

    Indeed, these principles are laid out in the UN Minimum Standard Rules of the Treatment of Detainees, the Body of Principles for the Protection of all Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment and the Basic Principles of Treatment of Prisoners, which was adopted by General Assembly Resolution 45/111 in 1990. These include unconditional access to adequate medical care from independent physicians, securing conditions that adhere to international standards during the independent physicians’ visits, and allowing family visitations to all prisoners, especially those in critical condition.


    The Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel:

  2. kruitvat says:

    Israel developed over 100 torture methods against Palestinian prisoners

    June 26, 2011

    GAZA – The Center for Prisoners’ Studies in Gaza has revealed that Israel security forces has developed more than a hundred mental and physical torture methods designed to elicit confessions from Palestinians during interrogations.

    Israel uses torture against the prisoners from the moment they are arrested until when they are let free, said CPS director Raafat Hamdouna, condemning Israel’s democracy and human rights claims, and calling on the world community to monitor what is happening and issue indictments against security officers involved in torturing prisoners.

    Hamdouna said that everyone who has ever entered Israeli prisons has been subjected to multiple forms of torture. It begins from the time of arrest, when brutality is used to instill fear in the arrestee’s family. The residents of the targeted houses are then usually degraded and assaulted before the subject is taken as prisoner from his home, Hamdouna added.

    “That is followed by threats of murder, assassination, home demolition, rape or the arrest of wife, then the covering of the head with a dirty sack, sleep deprivation, the use of injuries during interrogation, placing the prisoner inside a refrigerator and standing for long periods,” Hamdouna said, listing many more torture methods.

    The prisoner rights expert also cited some of the methods employed inside the prisons, ranging from excessive force, that at times results in death, to restrictions on toilet use that has caused prisoners to resort to using buckets, leaving the prisoners to live in a rotten stench.

    The worst form of torture to date is that one man has been jailed for 34 years and deprived of basic human needs, he said, adding that the Palestinian prisoner is victimized by the Israeli occupation on all levels, whether from the civilian and military courts, which sentence them heavily, or the Israeli doctor that treats them or the prison guards and Jewish criminal populations in the prisons.

    He called on the Red Cross and UN to take a neutral stance in their statements and decisions, also appealing to democratic countries, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the Arab League to come to the prisoners’ rescue.

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