How can signs of deliberate physical injury be detected years after they were caused? What are the physical and psychological ramifications of torture for its victims? How can we cope with the moral dilemmas raised by treating captives and prisoners? Physicians who attended the first workshop in Israel devoted to locating and treating torture victims share their insights. By Einat Fishbain / 'The Hottest Place in Hell' (www.ha-makom.co.il) This article first appeared in Hebrew here. “I must admit that the issue of torture kind of passed me by,” says Dr. Revital Arbel, a senior gynecologist at a hospital in Jerusalem. “It…Read More... | 12 Comments
Police detained and held Razi Nabulsi, a young Palestinian from Haifa for a week for statuses he posted to Facebook and Twitter, claiming they constituted incitement. The catch? Even though the statuses were posted publicly on the Internet, police declared them to be secret evidence and refused to publicly say in court what he was accused of writing. By Yoav Haifawi Razi Nabulsi, a 23-year-old activist and student in Haifa, spent the last week in jail for statuses he publicly posted on Facebook and Twitter. His detention was extended twice. In four different court hearings during the week (two remand extension…Read More... | 34 Comments
An Israeli police interrogator exposes the true farce that is the 'rule of law' in the West Bank, when it comes to Palestinians at least. The abuse of a boy as a microcosm of the occupation. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz This past June, we reported on an unusually severe incident next to the settlement of Eli: a security officer drew his gun at M., a 14-year-old Palestinian boy who came near the settlement, fired in the air, and when the boy fell down and was wounded, he abused him – everything, naturally, with the support of our…Read More... | 4 Comments
A Palestinian man died in Israeli custody, reportedly during or after being interrogated by Israel on Saturday. The death comes amid spreading West Bank protests in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners. Near Nablus, settlers reportedly shoot a Palestinian man in the stomach. A 30-year-old Palestinian man, Arafat Jaradat, died while in Israeli custody today. According to Palestinian human rights organization Al Haq, Jaradat is believed to have died either during or shortly after he was interrogated in Meggido Prison. Speaking to the Agence France Presse, a spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service confirmed the death. She claimed, “It was probably…Read More... | 9 Comments
A recent decision to prevent the recording of security interrogation means a return to the norms of the witch trials. The Israeli government recently made permanent a temporary order - in force for 11 years - that permits the police to avoid documenting security interrogations, Haaretz has reported (Hebrew). Regular criminal interrogations are taped; that will not be the case in matters of suspected security violations. We can safely assume that once the police are allowed not to tape an interrogation, they will not tape it. It saves resources, for starters. The government's decision creates a practical distinction between the rights of…Read More... | 4 Comments
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