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Israeli forces ‘assault’ Palestinians detained for Facebook posts

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Ma’an – March 30, 2016

RAMALLAH – Four Palestinians arrested this week for Facebook posts have spoken of physical assault during their detention and interrogation, in the latest evidence to emerge of abuse that rights groups say is systemic in Israel’s jails.

The testimonies were collected by the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs and relate to four Palestinian youths, including at least two teenagers detained overnight Tuesday.

Hussein al-Sheikh, a lawyer with the committee, said 19-year-old Sameh Abu Sel was “seriously assaulted” when Israeli forces stormed his home in al-Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron on Tuesday.

The youth was tied up and left outdoors in cold weather for more than 10 hours, al-Sheikh said, noting that the mistreatment left him sick.

Meanwhile, al-Sheikh said that 18-year-old Ahmad Raed Jadallah, from Beit Ur at-Tahta in Ramallah district, was physically assaulted by Israeli forces during the four-hour drive to the Etzion detention center after he too was detained Tuesday.

The lawyer also cited two other recently detained Palestinians — Muhammad Mahmoud Othman and Muhammad Samer Othman — who also spoke of being physically assaulted in the Etzion detention center, although no further details were provided.

All four detainees were charged with “inciting violence” against Israel in posts made Facebook, al-Sheikh said.

In recent months, Israeli has detained scores of Palestinians for social media activity, alleging that a wave of unrest that swept the occupied Palestinian territory last October was encouraged largely by “incitement.”

Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel’s nearly 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon.

Those detained for Facebook posts join an estimated 7,000 Palestinians currently inside Israeli prisons, where reports of mistreatment and torture is common.

Earlier this year, Israeli rights group B’Tselem released a report documenting “systemic” torture in Israel’s Shkima prison, which they said was taking place with total impunity.

March 30, 2016 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Subjugation - Torture | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Who’s running the state of Israel?
    The People, the government, or the military?

    The country referring to itself as being the only democracy in the region, the Middle East, shows its true face, as it shows time and time again that it is neither the People nor the Government running the state of Israel, but that it is the military that is taking the decisions, that is deciding on how to threat individuals, groups and even the People!

    People who use their right to freedom of expression, their right to freedom of speech, are tortured and abused by those who should be following orders and instructions by and from the government!

    It becomes clearer an clearer that it is not the law that rules Israel, it becomes clearer and clearer that the state of Israel is ruled by the military, and its military rules, without any respect for law and order, without any respect for international human laws!

    Israel has become the military dictatorship that all have feared it would become!

    Comment by masteradrian | March 30, 2016 | Reply


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