New reports out of the Israeli military court system show that the number of cases of torture of held Palestinian detainees soared in the second half of 2014, with rights groups expressing concern that the “special means” interrogations are no longer the rarity they used to be.
In all of 2013, there were 16 reports of violent interrogations by Shin Bet. In the first half of 2014, there were 8. In the second half, that number jumped to 51, a six-fold increase.
The torture breakdown is remarkably well documented in Israel, where torture has to be reported to the courts, but is usually not treated as any particular problem. The 51 incidents in the second half of 2014 included 19 sleep deprivation cases, 12 beatings, 18 tying into stress positions, and two incidents of violent shaking.
Shin Bet is allowed to torture if an “urgent need” is determined, but this is a standard that is often determined after the fact. Detainees are reporting that in the recent months Israeli interrogators are not as patient, and are going to the torture well early on.
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They were in ABU GARIB when America was softening up Iraqi citizens resisting the occupation of their country
Let me see if I understand this correctly: in Israel, torture is "legal" as long as the torturer brags about it. Huh. Just like in the U.S.
I suppose a majority of Israelis support torture, also just like in the U.S…
Israel is a democratic dictatorship, as the educated upper half has democracy, which is why the uneducated lower half is kept enslaved by poverty. Which is why the educated middle-class enjoy the feeling of power in doing torture, while only laboring men endure the degradation of torture.
and no US msm to report…however a NYT article goes after a LA college cuz a hard core zionist wanted to get on its governing board and was refused
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yahoo publishes everything
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It's a disgrace to humanity that in this day and age, israel is run the way it's run.
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