[Pnews] Israeli violates the gag order to hide its crimes of torture against Palestinian prisoners

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Wed Dec 18 12:14:35 EST 2019


  The Israeli occupying state violates the gag order in an attempt to
  hide its crime of torture and gross violation of fair trail guarantees

December 18, 2019

Addameer’s prisoner support and human rights association condemns the 
abuse of power by the Israeli Security agency (Shabak), which issued a 
statement with detailed information to the Israeli media about the case 
of a number of detained Palestinians. The case of those detainees is 
currently under a court gag order effective until 31 December 2019. This 
Gag order, which was renewed multiple times, has been granted based on 
the request of the Shabak and the Israeli police to the first instance 
court in Jerusalem.

In fact, the courts have repeatedly used this order to prohibit lawyers 
from publishing information on this case to the public; to exposes the 
torture those detainees were subjected to and protect them. Moreover, 
the court has even used the order to prevent their families from 
attending their court sessions. Just Yesterday, the Israeli military 
prosecution, attempted to ban Karmel Al-Bargouthi’s family and another 
prisoner from attending his court session based on the same gag order. 
  Addameer is alarmed by the details that were published in the Israeli 
news outlets, especially since the Israeli military prosecution has not 
submitted a list of charges against a number of the detainees in question.

Addameer recalls that the Shabak issued a similar statement accusing 
Palestinian detainee Samer Arbeed of an alleged attack near Ramallah 
following his transfer to the hospital in September. This statement was 
published even before submitting a list of charges against Samer. This 
statement was an attempt to cover up the fact that Samer was severely 
tortured in an attempt to kill him. Moreover, the Israeli media has 
reported that there has been another attempt to kill him while he was in 
the intensive care unit at the hospital.

Addameer condemns including the name of the Palestinian Legislative 
Council Member Khalida Jarrar in the published statement for mere 
political motives. As affirmed by Khalida’s lawyer, the published 
information by the Shabak is in total contravention of the actual list 
of charges that were submitted by the military prosecution.

Addameer believes that the timing of this step by the Shabak, following 
the publication of Human Rights Watch Report “Civil Rights: Israel’s Use 
of Draconian Military Orders to Repress Palestinians in the West Bank”, 
], is an attempt to distract both the media and the public from the 
findings of the report.  It exposes how the occupying power has been 
using military orders and courts to justify depriving Palestinians of 
basic civil rights and  protections  for more than half a century based 
on its prolonged military occupation.

Addameer has hard evidence of torture committed against detainees and 
the complicity of of both the Israeli military prosecution, Israeli 
military courts and Israeli high court in the crimes of torture. 
Addameer will publish a detailed review exposing the details of torture 
and the Israeli court's complicity in it.

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