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Lawyer: Palestinian prisoner tortured in Israeli custody

Oct. 3, 2016 9:09 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2016 2:21 P.M.)
An Israeli soldier leads a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian after he was arrested in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sept .12 2012. (AFP/Abbas Momani, File)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian prisoner has been tortured in Israeli custody during a 33-day interrogation period, a lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement on Monday.

According to PPS, 65-year-old Fayez Attar, from the Gaza Strip, was detained in June. Over the course of 33 days while being “interrogated” by Israeli officers, Attar said he was exposed to multiple forms of physical and psychological torture, including severe beating, verbal abuse, and prolonged handcuffing.

He was then placed in prison cells with “pro-Israel informants,” another tactic used by Israel to extract confessions from Palestinian political prisoners. While being held, prison authorities continued to beat him, and also covered his head with a bag that almost suffocated him, according to the PPS statement.

Attar is married and has nine children, one of whom was killed by Israeli forces, PPS said.

Rights groups have long criticized Israel for the mistreatment of Palestinians in Israeli jails, as well as the illegality of their imprisonment.

Meanwhile, Israeli doctors working in Israeli prisons have been condemned for their complicity in the torture of Palestinian prisoners during interrogations, in violation of medical ethics and international law.

According to the Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, a total of 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, many of whom face torture, denial of family visitation, and medical negligence.

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