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’…