[Marxism] WIDESPREAD ISRAELI BRUTALITY AGAINST PRISONERS REVEALED
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Fri Jul 4 21:21:34 MDT 2008
PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) #386 July 4, 2008
THE "MOST MORAL ARMY"?
The Israeli Public Committee Against Torture has released a damning report
on Israeli army brutality. It charges that Israeli soldiers abuse Palestinian
detainees who have been handcuffed and pose no threat. The abuse continues
from the time of arrest until the prisoners arrive at an interrogation
The report, entitled "Manifestly Illegal," was based on 90 testimonies from
detainees and soldiers who witnessed abuse from June 2006 to October 2007.
"The arrests go on all year and are carried out by many IDF combat units,"
read the report. "The cases referred to here are just the tip of the iceberg.
The phenomenon is much wider, common and ongoing. It has become especially
severe over the past eight years."
The report also accuses the army of failing to punish the abusers, even
though their conduct violates Article 65 of the Military Justice Law, which
mandates prison sentences of three to seven years for such crimes.
The 48-page document is packed with testimony such as that of Abdel Amariya
, who told the committee, "My hands were cuffed behind my back and my eyes
were covered with a white tape. They dragged me so that I would get off the
truck when I couldn't see anything and they didn't warn me that the truck was
high off the ground and that I was approaching the edge. I fell to the ground
on my face and knees and they started kicking me in my back, stomach and legs
and punched me in the face."
According to the report, soldiers sometimes use attack dogs to frighten the
detainees. They also abuse minors even though there are special protections
in Israeli and international law for those under 18 or, in some cases, 16.
According to the report, this type of abuse has been going on for many years
and the army has done little to stop it.
The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem conducted a similar study for
2005-2008. It said 49 percent of detainees are abused between their arrest
and transfer to an interrogation facility. Most such crimes go unpunished.
The widespread abuse of prisoners is just one part of Israel’s larger crime –
its 40 year long, illegal occupation and theft of Palestinian land.
Amazingly, Israel often boasts that its army is "the most moral in the
Adapted from "NGO: Army still allowing abuse of handcuffed Palestinians" by
Dan Izenberg, published in the Jerusalem Post on June 22, 2008. For full
Distributed by PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity).
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