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Torture in Israeli Jails: The Legacy of Totalitarian Regimes

Torture in Israeli Jails: The Legacy of Totalitarian Regimes

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Israel is considered by both International Human Rights organisations and media polls as one of the worst countries regarding human rights abuses, due to its dreadful record of human rights violations. Amnesty International and Middle East Monitor issued various reports in which they expressed concerns about the Israel's practices. A BBC World Service poll in 2007 revealed that Israel is perceived by the majority of people as top country for having a negative influence in the world and a more recent public poll carried out in Norway and Germany circumscribed Israel as "a hostile entity". This negative image of Israel is caused by its frequent violations of international law since its forced establishment in 1948....
Israel is considered by both International Human Rights organisations and media polls as one of the worst countries regarding human rights abuses, due to its dreadful record of human rights violations. Amnesty International and Middle East Monitor issued various reports in which they expressed concerns about the Israel's practices. A BBC World Service poll in 2007 revealed that Israel is perceived by the majority of people as top country for having a negative influence in the world and a more recent public poll carried out in Norway and Germany circumscribed Israel as "a hostile entity". This negative image of Israel is caused by its frequent violations of international law since its forced establishment in 1948....

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The Legacy of Totalitarian Regimes
Torture
in Israeli Jails
A report on torture in Israeli jails based on interviewswith former Palestinian prisoners and detaineesApril 2013
 
Introduction
Israel is considered by both InternationalHuman Rights organisations and mediapolls as one of the worst countriesregarding human rights abuses, due to itsdreadful record of human rights violations.Amnesty International and Middle EastMonitor issued various reports in whichthey expressed concerns about the Israel’spractices. A BBC World Service poll in2007 revealed that Israel is perceived bythe majority of people as top country for
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and a more recent public poll carried outin Norway and Germany circumscribedIsrael as “a hostile entity”. This negativeimage of Israel is caused by its frequentviolations of international law since itsforced establishment in 1948.Since the occupation of Palestine in 1948,more than 800,000 Palestinians havebeen imprisoned. From 1967 onwards,over 700,000 Palestinians, %20 of thepopulation of the occupied West Bankand Gaza Strip have been detained. Thisnumber represents approximately %40of the total male Palestinian populationin the Occupied Territories. Internationallaw sets the foundation for humane andfair treatment of prisoners, assuring thatprisoners are not humiliated or tortured.Several countries, including Israel, denythese laws and regulations and practicedifferent forms of humiliation and torture.Palestinian prisoners and detainees areexposed to unfair trials, administrative
deprived of seeing their families. Inaddition, physical and psychological tortureis exerted by Israeli security services. Thisreport reveals the different methods used byIsraeli forces to torture Palestinian politicalprisoners and is based on interviews withformer Palestinian prisoners and detainees.
The hooded prisoner is made to sit down with theirarms tied to the back of a chair with their legs strechedout infront of them. This induces chronic back andshoulder pain.Shabh is a “stress position” where prisoners are madeto sit on a small chair with their head hooded andhands tied behind their back. This position induces aloss of sight, incredible pain and disorientation
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Palestinian Prisoners:A political issue
Detention and imprisonment became oneof the tools for Israeli forces to oppress thePalestinian people calling for freedom andself-determination. This led to never-endingarrests campaigns that imprisoned hundredsof thousands Palestinians over the past sevendecades. According to Addameer DetentionReport there were 4,812 Palestinian politicalprisoners in Israeli prisons and detentioncentres in February 2013, including 178administrative detainees, 12 women and219 children (31 under the age of 16).UFree Network, established to defend therights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees,mentioned in previous reports that there areno juvenile prisons for Palestinians. As aresult, children often serve their sentencesin the same cells as adults. More than 6,000Palestinian children have been detainedsince 2000. In February 2013 there were219 Palestinian prisoners and detaineesunder 18, more than %10 of them beingunder the age of 16. A large number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees areaccused of executing acts of terrorism orparticipating in such acts. However, thoseprisoners were calling for freedom andself-determination, but they did not selectterrorism as the appropriate strategy.
Living conditions in prisons
In addition to the arbitrary practice of administrative detention, the restrictionson family visits and the practice of torture,Palestinian prisoners and detainees aredenied access to basic health services. Israeliauthorities refuse to provide the neededmedications to prisoners suffering varioushealth problems. On different occasions,the prison authorities were reported to giveprisoners with chronic health disease solelypain killers.According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz,a report issued by the Justice Ministry›s Public
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overcrowding, inadequate access tomedical care, poor hygienic conditions,and excessive punitive measures in mostIsraeli facilities. In a recent report by theIndependent Commission for Human Rights,the organisation stated that they are “gravelyconcerned over the extreme deterioration of the Palestinian prisoners’ conditions in theIsraeli prisons and detention centres”
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