[Pnews] Palestine - Prisoner’s Club: Death of Nassar Taqatqa result of torture
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Wed Jul 17 12:31:33 EDT 2019
Prisoner’s Club: Death of Nassar Taqatqa result of torture
July 17, 2019
The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club released new information on the
circumstances of the death of captive Nassar Majid Taqatqa, 31, on
Wednesday. They have confirmed that he was martyred as a result of torture.
According to this new information, the prisoner was arrested on 19 June
2019, after special forces stormed his house in the town of Beit Fajjar.
He was transferred to Maskubiya interrogation center and then to Jalameh
interrogation center. According to his fellow prisoners, his health
deteriorated rapidly due to constant investigation.
On 9 July, he was transferred to a cell in the “Ma’abar” section of
Megiddo detention center. He was severely beaten by the prison guards
and chained to the bed.
Last Thursday, July 11, the administration refused to transfer him to
public sections on the pretext that he was being punished. On Sunday, he
was transferred to “Maabar” detention center of Megiddo prison on a
stretcher, and placed in his room under special control because of his
He was later transferred to the hospital in Ramle until his death was
announced yesterday morning in the cells of the Nitzan al-Ramla
The Prisoner’s Club confirmed that Taqatqa was tortured at Megiddo
detention center before his death, and there is preliminary information
indicating that he may have suffered fractures in his limbs as a result
“The Israeli occupation authorities use systematic torture against
prisoners, both psychological and physical, and there are hundreds of
testimonies of prisoners of torture over decades, all of which are
carried out with no regard to the provisions of the laws or
international conventions, considering that torture is prohibited,” they
‘Aziz Awaisat, from Jerusalem, was arrested a year ago by the occupation
authorities and was also martyred as a result of torture by prison guards.
The Prisoner’s Club called on international human rights organisations
to stand by their responsibilities and investigate the circumstances of
the martyrdom of Nassar Taqatqa and the dozens of other prisoners,
stating that refusing to condemn this crime is to allow the occupation
to carry out more crimes of a similar nature.
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