Committee Against Torture condemns Israeli police conduct
- 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
basic human rights of persons in their custody after their detention during
the events of September-October 2000. In particular, the following rights
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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