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Palestinian prisoners describe physical abuse in Israeli jails

April 28, 2015 5:50 P.M. (Updated: April 28, 2015 6:26 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian prisoners in the Etzion detention center have told a Palestinian Authority prisoners' committee that they were beaten by Israeli forces during interrogation.

A lawyer with the PA Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs Committee Hussein al-Sheikh reported that prisoner Yazan Yusri Taha, 22, from Hebron was severely beaten on his head and body when he was detained on April 19.

Taha, who was seized by Israeli forces in front of the judicial court in Hebron, told al-Sheikh that he was beaten while being taken to the Kiryat Arba police station in an Israeli military vehicle.

Al-Sheikh also relayed that Sharaf al-Fakhouri, 23, from Hebron was beaten on his back and face when he and his brother were detained from the al-Seil area in the Old City of Hebron.

Al-Fakhouri reported that they were assaulted and beaten on the head and chest with the soldiers' rifle butts.

Palestinian prisoners frequently report Israeli practices inside prison facilities that are tantamount to torture.

According to human rights group Addameer, "The forms of torture and ill treatment employed against Palestinian prisoners" include "beatings, tying prisoners in 'stress positions', interrogation sessions that last up to 12 consecutive hours, depriving prisoners of sleep and other sensory deprivation, isolation and solitary confinement, and threats against the lives of their relatives."

Addameer adds: "In past instances, detainees have died while in custody as a result of torture," noting that such practices are in contravention of international law, "including the United Nations Convention against Torture (CAT), ratified by Israel on 3 October 1991."

The Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs Committee reported in January that Palestinian children in Israeli jails are also subjected to torture and physical abuse.
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