[News] In torturing Americans compared to Israelis are amateus
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Thu Jun 17 11:43:50 EDT 2004
From: Adib S. Kawar
The Washington Post:
On torturing Palestinians:
Compared to Israelis Americans are amateurs
The Washington Post published yesterday, June 15th, the results of a
study concerning the methods Israel uses in torturing Palestinian prisoners
of war, pointing out that what the international media talks about
torturing in the Abu Ghreib prison in Iraq, on the hands of the Americans,
is a well known experience by Palestinian prisoners of war in Israeli jails.
The study said that Palestinian prisoners: Are forced to stand on their
feet for days, tied up while bent on chairs without backs, are brutally
shaken, deprived of sleep for long periods of time, forced to listen to
very loud music, are exposed to very high heat or very low degrees of cold,
are forced to urinate and defecate in their clothing and sometimes their
heads are covered with bags which smell urine, stool or vomiting, the
report added: These torturing practices receive wide popular Israeli
The report compares between the interrogations tactics in Israel with what
was practiced in Abu Greib: The description of physical torturing that the
detainees were exposed to in Abu Ghreib on the hands of American prison
guards, was practiced more brutally against Palestinian prisoners. This is
concerning to the practices of torturing and humiliation, and the
photographing of such practices by male and female Israeli prison guards.
The paper quoted some prisoners: Israeli interrogators use more clever
means to destroy the morals of prisoners. It also quoted the Palestinian
ex-prisoner, Adnan Al-Labadi saying: Israelis utilize more effective ways
of torturing, thus after three days of hunger and lack of sleep would make
you wish to tell any thing you know or dont know, thus what practices the
Americans use show that they are mere amateurs; so they should be trained
to become more effective as torturers and interrogators.
The report quoted Ziad Arafah, a political activist in his forties saying
that he was arrested fourteen times, and that every time he was exposed to
interrogation he was exposed to new means of torturing, and added:
Physical pressure and sexual torturing used to be ordinary practices
during his earlier arrests.
The report pointed out that: Although the Israeli officials never use the
term torture but Israel could be the only western democracy that
admits torturing prisoners during interrogation.
The study said that the general security organization, Shabak, had
resumed the continuous use of physical pressure on prisoners since the
break out of INTIFADAH, in spite of the high court decision of prohibiting
torturing of prisoners!!!
Translated from Arabic by Adib S. Kawar
Assafir Beirut Arabic daily June 17th 2004
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