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Committee Against Torture condemns Israeli police conduct

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  • Josh Pollack
    Jerusalem Post Report slams racist police By Dan Izenberg May, 02 2001 (May 2) - The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel yesterday released a 29-page
    Message 1 of 1 , May 2, 2001
      Jerusalem Post

      Report slams 'racist' police

      By Dan Izenberg

      May, 02 2001

      (May 2) - The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel yesterday released
      a 29-page report dealing with the behavior of the police and the General
      Service towards Israeli Arabs taken into custody during last October's

      The PCATI submitted the report to the Or Commission of Inquiry and urged it
      to investigate the issue during its deliberations.

      According to the report, "the affidavits and the other information collected
      by the PCATI reveal that the police, the GSS and other authorities grossly
      violated the
      basic human rights of persons in their custody after their detention during
      the events of September-October 2000. In particular, the following rights
      were infringed:
      the right not to be subject to torture or to other forms of cruel, inhuman
      or humiliating punishment; the right to due process of law; and the right of
      children to special
      treatment and protection."

      The committee wrote that the underlying cause of the alleged violence
      towards Israeli Arabs lies in "the racist prejudices rife in the Jewish
      sector in Israel�A racist
      and hostile attitude toward the Palestinian minority in Israel runs like a
      thread through all the findings quoted here."

      It is difficult to imagine the personnel of the police, GSS or other
      authorities acting with such gross violence, abuse, humiliation and
      infringement of rights toward
      Jewish detainees. It is difficult to fully understand such behavior, and it
      will surely be impossible to end it, without appreciating that, for the
      police and the GSS
      personnel, the fact that detainees are Arabs or Palestinians seems to
      unleash a response legitimizing the inhuman treatment of these detainees."

      The report gave some examples of the verbal abuse of the detainees by
      security officials, to illustrate the racist attitudes, including the
      following: "Filthy Arabs."
      "You're a terrorist, a son of a dog, a filthy Arab�even dogs hate the
      Arabs." "Start praying, say 'Allahu Akbar,' because we're going to kill you
      in ten minutes."

      The report accused the police of using violence in interrogations,
      infringing on the dignity of the detainees and violating the rights of their
      relatives. It wrote that the
      GSS also used violence and that detention facilities were filthy and

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