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Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association: Torture of Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli Prisons

Posted in Official Publications by beyondtheborder on April 17, 2009

Terror: This is usually done in the first stages of torture, by displaying the tools of torture to the prisoner, or threatening to use physical  torture. Throughout history, it has been documented that this is often enough to get a prisoner to confess. Palestinian child prisoner Wajdi Salem Najajra (17 years old), in a sworn affidavit, reported the following:

“The interrogator “Ibrahim” said to me that he had two ways to get me to confess, one was human and the other was barbaric, and he gave me the opportunity to choose one of them. When I denied the accusations he was making against me, he told me that it was time to start using the barbaric methods. He started beating me on my face and head. He then pulled me by my hair and started hitting me on my throat. After that, he picked up two electrical wires and rubbed them against each other to create a spark. He told me he would use the wires on me if I didn’t confess. He blindfolded me and cuffed my hands behind my back. Then a soldier lif ted up my shirt and Captain “Ibrahim” put the two wires on my nipples. I started shaking and screaming. Then he removed the wires and asked me if I rethought my answer. I told him that I had nothing to say. He then put the wires back onto my nipples, and I started shaking and screaming again.”

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Addameer: “Hamas forces in Gaza tortured to death seven prisoners since February”

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 25, 2009

“My son my severely tortured on the first and second day after his arrest, on the second day the police brought him barefooted to our home, and we could see clear marks of torture”, the father added, “once in our home, the security forces started kicking and hitting him in front of us, and they violently kicked him in his abdomen before searching our home”.

On the same day, the father heard his son screaming, and when he stepped out of his home, he saw the security forces holding his son near the home, and heard one of them saying that “his parents will never see him again”.

Source: http://www.imemc.org/article/59589

Rights group: Gaza inmate tortured to death by Hamas security

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 25, 2009

“At approximately 09:00am on Sunday 8 March 2009, members of the General Intelligence Service arrested my son, Jamil, from his house. They accused him of theft and led him to an unknown destination. On 12 March 2009 we heard that Jamil was detained at al-Tufah police station on theft charges. The following day, 13 March 2009, Jamil was transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. He was unconscious. After medical checks, it was found that he suffered severe kidney failure after he had been severely beaten and tortured by members of the Security Services. He was immediately admitted to the intensive care unit due to the seriousness of his health condition. He died of his injuries on Tuesday, 24 March 2009.”

Source: http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/PressR/English/2008/42-2009.html

The Hamas-run police force in the Gaza Strip said on Wednesday it was investigating the death of a prisoner after a Palestinian human rights group said the inmate was tortured and beaten to death during interrogation”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1073830.html