[Ppnews] Palestine - Political prisoners use experiences under torture to help others survive
Political Prisoner News
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Wed Feb 4 12:52:13 EST 2009
Political prisoners to record experiences under
interrogation to help others survive
04.02.09 - 09:25
Gaza / PNN Palestinian factions are
re-accounting the culture of resilience in the
cellars of interrogation, says expert on the
affairs of political prisoners, Abdel Nasser Ferwana.
Through the adoption of a clear strategy with
consistent aims, victories could be won by sheer
tenacity, Ferwana said today, but preparation is lacking.
At the hands of Israeli interrogators hundreds
of cases reveal that there is great steadfastness
among those who are subjected to detention or
arrest and just as many who falter, said the
former Palestinian Authority official.
A mistake was made, he said, in emphasizing the
culture of fierce resistance and sacrificial
operations. Ferwana said this was blown out of
proportion in the press due to statements made
and written by factions that attempted to make
more out of that one aspect of the Al Aqsa
Intifada that proportionally was minor. This was
a strategic mistake, he said on Wednesday.
This led to the collapse of many of the
activists during interrogation after being
arrested who ended up folding under intense
interrogation methods and gave free information to the intelligence.
Some of the people affected by the admissions are
now sentenced to life terms or tens of years in prison.
About them Ferwana said, There was also a
problem with ignorance as to the methods of
investigation being used and the training that
the factions needed to be doing in preparation.
He said that the culture of armed resistance
should not be relegated to the preparation and
execution of activities, but must follow through
to the other side. Resistance factions need to
include in their tactical programs a fine-tuning
of all components including establishing an
integrated system to combine the culture of
steadfastness outside to that of the later days
in prison. Surviving interrogation requires
preparation to preserve secrets without providing
any information to the enemy.
It is not just for people who have engaged in the
armed resistance, but for all Palestinians who
are subjected to the possibility of arrest, which
includes most young men. Hundreds have admitted
to acts they have not committed or have given the
names of friends as "stone-throwers" in order to
garner their own release. There are multiple
other cases of youth listing names who speak
against occupation. Additionally, leaders of the
nonviolent resistance have been subjected to
massive arrests throughout the years and similar conditions.
Ferwana stressed that it is necessary for each
faction to inform its members in particular and
the masses of people in general as to the latest
forms of investigation and how to handle them. He
suggests brochures and continuing studies that
detail the arrest process and the interrogation period.
Why Ferwana is highlighting the issue today is
that the fourth of February is the memorial of
the death of armed resistance member Mustafa Al
Akawi who resisted divulging secrets during torture.
Israel is public about its use of torture in
investigation and subjected the Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine member to multiple
sessions. Al Akawi was arrested several times,
the last being 22 January 1992. The leftist was
35 at the time that he was tortured to death. He
was not the only one, but is considered, says
Ferwana, as a solid leader who preferred to
sacrifice his life to preserve the honor of the revolution and the nation.
On the occasion of the memorial of Al Akawis
death, political prisoner advocate Ferwana is
asking that detainees write down their
experiences under interrogation, both
psychological and physical, in order to help others and themselves.
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