06/13/24

Permalink Israel guilty of 'extermination, torture, sexual violence' in Gaza: UN probe

The investigation also determined that Israeli leaders are responsible of 'weaponizing' starvation against Palestinians in Gaza and 'instigating' a pattern of settler attacks in the occupied West Bank | The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI) on 12 June concluded that Israeli authorities are guilty of “war crimes and crimes against humanity” committed during the eight-month-long campaign of genocide in Gaza.  During its investigation, the COI found that Israeli authorities are responsible for “the war crimes of starvation as a method of warfare, murder or willful killing, intentionally directing attacks against civilians and civilian objects, forcible transfer, sexual violence, torture and inhuman or cruel treatment, arbitrary detention, and outrages upon personal dignity.”

Israeli Aggression Continues on 250th Day: Gaza Strip Suffers More Martyrs and Wounded (Al Manar TV)
Israel launches air, land, sea strikes against so-called safe zone in Gaza Strip (PressTV)
World witnessing ‘unique level’ of death, destruction in war-torn Gaza Strip: UN chief (PressTV)


06/03/24

Permalink Torture in Israeli prisons: Strapped to beds, stripped of clothes

An anonymous Israeli doctor has revealed a harrowing account of the treatment faced by Palestinians abducted from Gaza. | An anonymous Israeli doctor has come forward with a disturbing account of the conditions Palestinians abducted from Gaza are subjected to. At the request of the Israeli occupation forces, the surgeon was sent to Sde Teiman military base in the al-Naqab desert to operate on a Palestinian abductee from Gaza who suffered from gunshot wounds.  According to the doctor's account, the patients have no names. They are all strapped to their beds, unable to move. They are blindfolded and stripped down to their underwear. They wear diapers, the doctor detailed. "This is a clear violation of the Geneva Convention and the WHO Code of Ethics. It is far more than just physical and psychological torture," he stressed.  Reports of abuse at Sde Teiman have already emerged in both Israeli and Arab media, following an outcry from Israeli and Palestinian rights groups about the conditions there. However, this rare testimony from an Israeli doctor working at the facility provides additional insight into “Israel's” policy of systematic torture and abuse amid its genocide in Gaza. It further challenges the Israeli government's repeated claims that it operates by accepted international practices and laws.


06/02/24

Permalink 'Israel' starves to death yet another Palestinian child in Gaza

The Israeli occupation starves a 13-year-old child to death in Gaza as human rights violations continue to escalate against the people of Palestine. | Once again, the Israeli occupation shows its true colors as it starved a 13-year-old Palestinian boy in Gaza to death due to its closure of the Rafah humanitarian corridor, underlining the ever-worsening humanitarian crisis in the blockaded, war-torn strip.  The child, Abdul Qader al-Sarhi, succumbed to malnutrition at al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, according to a report by Palestine’s official news agency WAFA.  Local medical sources reported that the death toll from malnutrition and dehydration in the Gaza Strip has now risen to 37 as the Israeli occupation's aggression continues unabated in the southern city of Rafah. The dire health situation in Gaza has deteriorated further, with hospitals all over the strip being out of service and unable to provide necessary medical care.


Permalink To cover for war crimes, Israel claims it ‘lost control’ over soldiers

Robert Inlakesh | Israel’s claim to have lost control over military units in Gaza is an attempt to gain legal cover for its troops’ war crimes and masks a far deeper issue of systemic impunity inside the occupation army. | Several months after media commentators began predicting a “strategic defeat” for Israeli forces in Gaza, Israel’s military high command is claiming it has lost control over various units in their armed forces.  The argument appears to scapegoat occupation soldiers to provide plausible deniability for their superiors and dissociate them from war crimes charges. The vast body of evidence emerging on these alleged ‘rogue Israeli units’ could potentially lead to a damning indictment of Tel Aviv’s military leadership.  Despite the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) recent call on Israel to halt its military operation in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains resolute in his vow to invade, even while personally facing an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant. Marred by internal division and pressure to comply with the ICJ order, Tel Aviv finds itself in a precarious position.

👉 Israeli Defense Minister: "We have abolished all the rules of war. Our soldiers will not be held responsible for anything. There will be no military courts” (10/12/23)

Gaza civilians voice out their chilling encounters with Israeli torture (TRT World)
Tied, diapered, beaten: Israeli insiders reveal severe Palestinian torture (TRT World)
Gaza Al-Shifa doctor tortured to death by Israeli forces (Al Mayadeen)
3,000+ Palestinians from Gaza detained, tortured in Israeli prisons (04/16/24)
Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees, spike in arbitrary arrests (04/13/24)
Released Detainees From Israeli Prisons Showed Signs of Torture (03/18/24)
Torture, Executions, Babies Left to Die, Sexual Abuse… These Are Israel’s Crimes (03/18/24)
Iron bars, electric shocks, dogs and cigarette burns: How Palestinians are tortured in Israeli detention (03/12/24)
Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees amid spike in arbitrary arrests


05/30/24

Permalink Two Gaza detainees beaten to death en route to infamous Sde Teiman

Reports and a recent investigation by the IOF police find that two Israeli troops have beaten Palestinian detainees to death. | The two Palestinians were abducted by IOF troops in March from Khan Younis using the pretext that they were suspected members of the Palestinian Resistance. When they were taken, they were still alive, and the IOF strapped them and put them in a truck. However, when they arrived at Sde Teiman, a temporary IOF detention facility near Be'er Shevam, they were already dead.


05/26/24

Permalink The Message of Israel’s Torture Chambers Is Directed at Us All, Not Just Palestinians

Jonathan Cook | ‘Black sites’ are about reminding those who have been colonised and enslaved of a simple lesson: resistance is futile | On a misty November morning 21 years ago, I was desperately trying to remain camouflaged. Concealed in the foliage of an orange grove in Israel’s rural Galilee, I hurriedly took photos of a drab concrete building not marked on any map. Even the original road sign identifying the site as Facility 1391 had been removed after a local Haaretz newspaper investigation revealed it housed a secret prison.  I was the first foreign journalist to track down Facility 1391, most of it hidden within a heavily fortified complex built in the 1930s to suppress resistance to British rule in Palestine.  For decades, Israel had secretly held mostly Arab foreign nationals captive at the site, unknown to the Israeli courts, the Red Cross and human rights groups. Many were Lebanese citizens kidnapped during Israel’s 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon. But there were also Jordanians, Syrians, Egyptians and Iranians.

Gaza civilians voice out their chilling encounters with Israeli torture (TRT World)
Tied, diapered, beaten: Israeli insiders reveal severe Palestinian torture (TRT World)
Gaza Al-Shifa doctor tortured to death by Israeli forces (Al Mayadeen)
3,000+ Palestinians from Gaza detained, tortured in Israeli prisons (04/16/24)
Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees, spike in arbitrary arrests (04/13/24)
Released Detainees From Israeli Prisons Showed Signs of Torture (03/18/24)
Torture, Executions, Babies Left to Die, Sexual Abuse… These Are Israel’s Crimes (03/18/24)
Iron bars, electric shocks, dogs and cigarette burns: How Palestinians are tortured in Israeli detention (03/12/24)
Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees amid spike in arbitrary arrests


05/13/24

Permalink Hundreds of civilians are fleeing under the gunfire as the Israeli occupation army is invading Jabalia refugee camp

Palestinian prisoners were handcuffed for so long that their limbs died and had to be amputated, three Israeli whistleblowers who spoke to US media revealed, detailing a litany of alleged abuses against prisoners held by Israel in the Sde Teiman military base. | The whistleblowers quoted by The Hill said that the base has two parts, one which includes “intense physical restraint” and the other acting as a field hospital where prisoners are strapped to beds, blindfolded, put in diapers and fed through a tube.  Prisoners were routinely beaten by guards the whistleblowers say, but the torture wasn’t a part of any kind of interrogation program, according to the news agency. “(The beatings) were not done to gather intelligence. They were done out of revenge,” the whistleblower claimed. “It was punishment for what they did on October 7 and punishment for behavior in the camp.”  A prisoner from the camp claimed that even talking to another prisoner was enough to earn a beating by Israeli guards. [...] The accusations by the whistleblowers and prisoners match the accusations made in a letter addressed to top Israeli officials by an Israeli doctor who worked at the facility. He described a facility where limb amputations caused by consistent handcuffing were unfortunately “a routine event.”

Gaza under Israeli fire: 220 days of genocide and loss (Al Mayadeen)
Israel carpet bombs Gaza with no goal in sight (The Cradle)
Gaza civilians voice out their chilling encounters with Israeli torture (TRT World)
Tied, diapered, beaten: Israeli insiders reveal severe Palestinian torture (TRT World)
Gaza Al-Shifa doctor tortured to death by Israeli forces (Al Mayadeen)
3,000+ Palestinians from Gaza detained, tortured in Israeli prisons (04/16/24)
Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees, spike in arbitrary arrests (04/13/24)
Released Detainees From Israeli Prisons Showed Signs of Torture (03/18/24)
Torture, Executions, Babies Left to Die, Sexual Abuse… These Are Israel’s Crimes (03/18/24)
Iron bars, electric shocks, dogs and cigarette burns: How Palestinians are tortured in Israeli detention (03/12/24)
Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees amid spike in arbitrary arrests


05/11/24

Permalink Strapped down, blindfolded, held in diapers: Israeli whistleblowers detail abuse of Palestinians in shadowy detention center

At a military base that now doubles as a detention center in Israel’s Negev desert, an Israeli working at the facility snapped two photographs of a scene that he says continues to haunt him. | Rows of men in gray tracksuits are seen sitting on paper-thin mattresses, ringfenced by barbed wire. All appear blindfolded, their heads hanging heavy under the glare of floodlights. A putrid stench filled the air and the room hummed with the men’s murmurs, the Israeli who was at the facility told CNN. Forbidden from speaking to each other, the detainees mumbled to themselves. “We were told they were not allowed to move. They should sit upright. They’re not allowed to talk. Not allowed to peek under their blindfold.” Guards were instructed “to scream uskot” – shut up in Arabic – and told to “pick people out that were problematic and punish them,” the source added.

Gaza civilians voice out their chilling encounters with Israeli torture (TRT World)
Tied, diapered, beaten: Israeli insiders reveal severe Palestinian torture (TRT World)
Gaza Al-Shifa doctor tortured to death by Israeli forces (Al Mayadeen)
3,000+ Palestinians from Gaza detained, tortured in Israeli prisons (04/16/24)
Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees, spike in arbitrary arrests (04/13/24)
Released Detainees From Israeli Prisons Showed Signs of Torture (03/18/24)
Torture, Executions, Babies Left to Die, Sexual Abuse… These Are Israel’s Crimes (03/18/24)
Iron bars, electric shocks, dogs and cigarette burns: How Palestinians are tortured in Israeli detention (03/12/24)
Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees amid spike in arbitrary arrests


04/30/24

Permalink The Jewish Killbox: Israel planning ring of checkpoints to prevent men from fleeing Rafah

Israel is setting up 'complex network' of checkpoints to prevent 'military age' men from fleeing Rafah assault, senior western official tells MEE | Israel is setting up a complex system of checkpoints that will prevent men of “military age” from fleeing Rafah in preparation for its offensive on the southern Gaza border city, a senior western official familiar with Israel’s plans has told Middle East Eye on condition of anonymity.  The checkpoints are designed to allow some women and children to leave Rafah ahead of an expected Israeli offensive, but unarmed, civilian Palestinian men will likely be separated from their families and remain trapped in Rafah during an expected Israeli assault.  The previously unreported disclosure of Israel’s construction of a ring of checkpoints around Rafah underscores how Israel is pushing ahead with plans to attack the city where over one million displaced Palestinians are sheltering in tents and makeshift camps.  The creation of gender-based checkpoints around Rafah would put a spotlight back on Israel’s practice of stripping and forcibly detaining male Palestinian men and children, as it faces rising scrutiny in the West of its conduct in the war. The rounding up of Palestinian males in Gaza and photographing them stripped to their underwear drew condemnation in December, with the US calling the images “deeply disturbing”.

'Israel' has no 'Intl' credit' to invade Rafah: Ex-Israeli General (Al Mayadeen)
Live blog: Israeli army 'ready' to invade Gaza's Rafah in 72 hours (TRT World)
Israeli airstrikes on Rafah kill at least 22 people, Palestinian officials say (Spectrum News)
7 more Palestinians killed in fresh Israeli airstrikes across Gaza (aNews)
The Israel-US game plan for Gaza is staring us in the face (Jonathan Cook)


04/28/24

Permalink Palestinian detainee, father of a newborn, dies in Israeli prison

Media sources report that Palestinian detainee Kareem Abu Saleh died while detained in an Israeli occupation prison. | A Palestinian father of a newborn died on Saturday evening while being detained in Israeli occupation prisons.  Media sources reported that Kareem Abu Saleh, from the city of Sakhnin in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948, was martyred as a result of a surge in Israeli occupation attacks and human rights violations against Palestinian detainees.  Abu Saleh was blessed with his firstborn two days before his martyrdom inside his cell in the occupation's prisons. Previously, Abu Saleh had spent six years in detention before the Israeli occupation forces re-arrested him 10 days ago.

3,000+ Palestinians from Gaza detained, tortured in Israeli prisons (04/16/24)
Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees, spike in arbitrary arrests (04/13/24)
Released Detainees From Israeli Prisons Showed Signs of Torture (03/18/24)
Torture, Executions, Babies Left to Die, Sexual Abuse… These Are Israel’s Crimes (03/18/24)


04/15/24

Permalink Israeli authorities release Palestinian after amputating his leg in custody

Israeli authorities released dozens of Palestinians back to Gaza today, having arbitrarily arrested them at different points throughout the war. One of them, Sofian Abu Saleh, had his leg amputated by Israeli forces during custody. "My leg got infected [in custody], and [the Israelis] refused to take me to a hospital," he said. "After seven days, the infection spread quickly, like gangrene, they then took me to the hospital on did an operation." Abu Saleh says he never suffered of any diseases that could have led to this infection. "I went into [detention] with my two legs, and have returned like this," he said, alluding to this one remaining leg.


04/13/24

Permalink Israel/OPT: Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees amid spike in arbitrary arrests

Amnesty International has for decades documented widespread torture by Israeli authorities in places of detention across the West Bank. | [O]ver the past four weeks, videos and images have been shared widely online showing gruesome scenes of Israeli soldiers beating and humiliating Palestinians while detaining them blindfolded, stripped, with their hands tied, in a particularly chilling public display of torture and humiliation of Palestinian detainees.  In one image analysed by Amnesty International’s Crisis Evidence Lab, three Palestinian men, blindfolded and stripped of their clothes can be seen beside a soldier, wearing a green olive uniform like those worn by the Israeli ground forces. A Haaretz investigation published on 19 October found that the image was taken in Wadi al-Seeq, a village East of Ramallah, on 12 October. One of the three victims depicted in the photograph told Amnesty International that he had initially been held and beaten by settlers but two hours later an Israeli military jeep arrived: 💬 “One of the Israeli officers who came, approached me and kicked me on my left side, then jumped on my head with his two legs pushing my face further into the dirt and then continued kicking me as I was head down, into the dirt, with my hands tied behind my back. He then got a knife and tore all of my clothes off except for my underwear, and used part of my torn clothes to blindfold me. The beating to the rest of my body did not stop, at one point he started jumping on my back – three or four times – while yelling ‘Die, die you trash’ … in the end before this finally stopped, another officer urinated on my face and body while also yelling at us ‘to die’.”

Palestinians have died in detention facilities under the custody of the Israel Prison Services (PHRI))(.pdf)
Physician at Israeli Field Hospital for Detained Gazans: 'We Are All Complicit in Breaking Law' (Haaretz)


03/28/24

Permalink Russia and Ukraine Torture Prisoners of War (2023-2024)

Russian prisoners of war have been tortured in Ukraine between December 2023 and February 2024, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said. | The employees of the OHCHR visited 44 Russian prisoners of war in Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, Lvov, Nikolayev, Sumy, Vinnitsa and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine from December 2023 to February 2024. Ukrainian authorities do not sufficiently prosecute those responsible for torture, violence against civilians and prisoners of war, the OHCHR said.

REPORT ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN UKRAINE (.pdf)(OHCHR)


03/19/24

Permalink Israel threatening Marwan Barghouti’s life in jail: Palestinian official

A senior Palestinian official says Marwan Barghouti, a prominent Palestinian detainee, is being isolated and tortured by Israeli authorities. | Hussein al-Sheikh, the secretary-general of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in a Monday post on X said Israeli authorities were endangering Barghouti’s life. Sheikh said Barghouti was being exposed to “isolation, torture and attempts to coerce, humiliate and beat him, putting his life in danger.”

💬 “We call on the international community, institutions and international organizations to intervene immediately and urgently in order to stop the repressive measures against our prisoners and our leaders in the occupation prisons, protect them, and release them immediately,” Sheikh said.

Barghouti, 64, has reportedly been beaten by Israeli guards in recent days. Last month, Israel’s far-right minister Itamar Ben Gvir said Barghouti had been placed in solitary confinement. Barghouti was a prominent leader in the first and second Intifadas. He has been behind bars for over two decades.


03/18/24

Permalink Released Detainees From Israeli Prisons Showed Signs of Torture


Permalink Torture, Executions, Babies Left to Die, Sexual Abuse… These Are Israel’s Crimes


Jonathan Cook | Why is the same western media obsessively reheating five-month-old allegations against Hamas so reluctant to focus on Israel’s current, horrifying atrocities? | Hostages tortured to death. Parents executed in front of their children. Doctors beaten. Babies murdered. Sexual assault weaponised. No, not Hamas crimes. This is part of an ever-growing list of documented atrocities committed by Israel in the five months since 7 October – quite separate from the carpet bombing of 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza and a famine induced by Israel’s obstruction of aid.  Last week, an investigation by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz disclosed that some 27 Palestinians seized off Gaza’s streets over the past five months are known to have died during interrogations inside Israel. Some were denied medical treatment. But most are likely to have been tortured to death.  Three months ago, a Haaretz editorial warned that Israeli jails “must not become execution facilities for Palestinians”. Israeli TV channels have been excitedly taking viewers on tours of detention centres, showing the appalling conditions Palestinians are kept in, as well as the psychological and physical abuse they are subjected to. An Israeli judge recently called the makeshift cages in which Palestinians are held “unsuitable for humans”.

A Palestinian Boy Was Shot by Israeli Troops in Front of His Father, and Died in His Brother's Arms (Ha'Aretz)
UNICEF: ‘Israel’ Killed more than 13000 Children in Gaza (Alahed News)
Israeli forces raid Gaza al-Shifa hospital, open fire inside complex (PressTV)
New Crime against Health Institutions: “Israel” Raids Al-Shifa Hospital (Alahed News)
Several killed, wounded in IOF raid on al-Shifa hospital (Al Mayadeen)


03/16/24

Permalink “Israeli” Rights Group: Palestinian Detainees Subjected to Systematic Abuse in ‘Israeli’ Jails

Rights group advocates have warned that record numbers of Palestinian detainees are filling “Israeli” detention centers in light of the bloody onslaught on Gaza, stating that the inmates are subjected to “systemic abuse” and torture. 💬 “We are extremely, extremely concerned,” Tal Steiner, the executive director of the so-called “Public Committee Against Torture in ‘Israel’” [PCATI], told AFP news agency.  “What we’re looking at is a crisis,” she said, adding that nine people have reportedly died behind bars since October 7 last year, when the “Israeli” military launched its unrelenting ground and aerial offensives against the besieged Gaza Strip.  “There are almost 10,000 Palestinians in “Israeli” custody right now, ... a 200-percent increase from any normal year,” the activist pointed out, stressing that the situation has deteriorated dramatically since “Israel” waged the war on Gaza.  “We’re seeing really widespread and systemic use of many, many tools in order to inflict torture and ill-treatment on Palestinians.

Iron bars, electric shocks, dogs and cigarette burns: How Palestinians are tortured in Israeli detention (03/12/24)
Israeli soldiers strip Palestinian woman naked in humiliating search (03/08/24)
Torture tactics 'Israel' uses to kill Palestinian prisoners: Report (02/21/24)
‘Torture was severe’: Gaza doctor recounts ordeal in Israeli captivity (02/06/24)


03/12/24

Permalink Iron bars, electric shocks, dogs and cigarette burns: How Palestinians are tortured in Israeli detention

Ahmed Aziz, Lubna Masarwa and Simon Hooper | Men detained by Israeli forces since the start of the war are returning to Gaza with harrowing accounts of mock executions, constant beatings and humiliating mistreatment | Palestinian men detained by Israeli forces since the start of the war in Gaza have told Middle East Eye how they were physically tortured with dogs and electricity, subjected to mock executions, and held in humiliating and degrading conditions.  In testimonies to MEE, one man, who was taken by Israeli forces from a school in Gaza where he had sought refuge with his family, described how he had been handcuffed, blindfolded, and detained in a metal cage for 42 days. During interrogations, he said he had been given electric shocks, as well as scratched and bitten by army dogs.  Other men also described being electrocuted, attacked by dogs, doused with cold water, denied food and water, deprived of sleep, and subjected to constant loud music. “They did not spare anyone. There were 14-year-old boys and 80-year-old men,” said one of the men, Moaz Muhammad Khamis Miqdad, who was taken prisoner in Gaza City in December and held for more than 30 days. As well as three men taken prisoner in Gaza, MEE spoke to a man detained in a raid in the West Bank city of Qalqilya who said he had been blindfolded, stripped naked, and hung by his arms during interrogations in which he was repeatedly beaten and burnt with cigarettes. He also described being held for days in freezing conditions in which he was not allowed to sleep and of a soldier urinating in a bottle and handing it to him after he had requested water. All four men described being forced to strip naked and being constantly beaten and abused by Israeli soldiers during their weeks-long detentions.

UNRWA staffers tortured by Israeli troops to falsely admit ‘Hamas links’ (MR Online)


03/06/24

Permalink Palestinians sexually assaulted, beaten in Israeli prisons: UN report

The newly released UNRWA report illustrates a graphic picture of the violence and sexual abuse subjected upon Palestinian detainees in Israeli detention centers. | A new internal report by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) details the violence against Palestinian detainees in Israeli detention centers, such as beatings, dog attacks, extended use of stress positions, and sexual assault.  Based on interviews of over 1,000 Palestinian detainees released at the "Kerem Shalom" crossing point since December, in the presence of UNRWA staff, the report said that there were 29 children as young as six (26 boys and three girls), 80 women, and 21 UNRWA staff, some of whom had chronic conditions, such as Alzheimer’s or cancer.

The Battle Against Death in Gaza (Alahed News)
WHO: Children Starving to Death in Gaza (Alahed News)
UNRWA exposes disturbing Israeli abuse of Palestinian detainees — report (TRT World)
Live blog: Israel's carnage kills 30,717 Palestinians in Gaza as toll soars (TRT World)
At least 104 killed as Israeli forces target Gaza food aid queue (Daily Sabah)(Feb 29, 2024)


02/21/24

Permalink Torture tactics 'Israel' uses to kill Palestinian prisoners: Report

The Prisoners' and Ex-Prisoners' Affairs Committee has detailed in a new report all the methods of torture "Israel" utilizes to slowly and painfully kill Palestinian prisoners. | The Prisoners' and Ex-Prisoners' Affairs Commission revealed in a new report based on a visit its lawyer took to the "Gush Etzion" prison a few days ago, that almost 90% of the 105 Palestinian prisoners have been physically assaulted since the moment of detention until arrival at the prison.  The Committee's lawyer described the catastrophic situation in the prison, emphasizing the overcrowded cells that force prisoners to sleep on the floor, as mattresses, clothing and blankets are unavailable. This is paired with the impossibility of shutting the window, as it is a space in the wall lined with metal bars, keeping the cell piercing cold. When it rains, water seeps into the cells, forming puddles where prisoners sleep.  The torture tactics Israeli wardens use are further highlighted in the report. Prison wardens bang on the doors in the middle of the night to wake prisoners up and deprive them of sleep, and sometimes go as far as to force them out onto prison grounds, line them up, and keep them on foot for no reason. It is worth noting that no consideration for medical cases among prisoners is taken, as they are deliberately neglected. The report indicated that these are methods "Israel" uses to inflict slow and torturous deaths on Palestinian prisoners.

Khaled Shawish: 9th Palestinian killed in Israeli prisons in 4 months (Al Mayadeen)
Day 138: 29,313 martyred, 69,333 injured in Gaza (Al Mayadeen)


02/13/24

Permalink Euro-Med: Israeli army entertains settlers by allowing them to witness torture of Gazans

The Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor announced receiving new shocking testimonies from recently released Palestinian prisoners revealing that Israeli occupation army brought groups of Jewish settlers to detention centers and prisons to witness how detainees from the Gaza Strip are tortured, allowing many of them to film prisoners using their mobile phones. | The Jewish settlers enjoyed witnessing the torture rounds of Palestinian prisoners with all types of ill and inhumane treatment, the released detainees told Euro-Med Monitor. [...] The prisoners were detained for varying periods inside a detention center in Zikim military base on the northern border of the Gaza Strip, and another detention center near the Negev prison in the south, after they were rounded up in the Israeli occupation army’s ground incursions into the Strip.  The Euro-Med explained that, according to the testimonies it received, groups of Jewish settlers, ranging from 10 to 20 people in each group, were allowed to watch and take photos of Palestinian prisoners who were held naked while being subjected to beating with metal batons and electric sticks by Israeli soldiers who poured hot water over their heads, amid verbal insults and threats in Arabic.

Suffering to Death: Mohammad Al-Sabbar 8th Palestinian Detainee Martyred behind ‘Israeli’ Bars since Oct.7
Settlers attended IOF 'nude torture' of detained Gazans: Euro-med (Al Mayadeen)
War on Gaza: The Discovery of a Mass Grave (02/10/24)
War on Gaza: Anger grows over viral image of wounded Palestinian stripped to underwear (02/07/24)
‘Torture was severe’: Gaza doctor recounts ordeal in Israeli captivity (02/06/24)


02/09/24

Permalink Suffering to Death: Mohammad Al-Sabbar 8th Palestinian Detainee Martyred behind ‘Israeli’ Bars since Oct.7

The Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainess Affairs Committee and the Palestinian Prisoners' Club have confirmed the martyrdom of prisoner Mohammad Al-Sabbar, the eighth Palestinian to die in “Israeli” prisons since October 7. | The Committee and the Palestinian Prisoner's Club confirmed that Al-Sabbar, a 21-year-old from Al-Dhaheriya, Al-Khalil, was martyred in the “Israeli” “Ofer” prison.  Al-Sabbar had been detained since May 2022 and has been deprived of medical treatment in the “Israeli” prison as he was suffering from health issues related to the stomach and intestines which required him to need treatment and specific dietary needs.  A statement by both committees indicated that although he was arrested nearly 2 years ago, the brutality of the “Israeli” occupation forces was multiplied after October 7 and Al-Sabbar was denied essential treatment.

War on Gaza: Anger grows over viral image of wounded Palestinian stripped to underwear (02/07/24)
‘Torture was severe’: Gaza doctor recounts ordeal in Israeli captivity (02/06/24)


Permalink Mary Kostakidis: Assange’s Very Life Is at Stake

Julian Assange will soon find out whether he will be granted a final appeal in the U.K. in his fight against extradition, or will soon face the cruel vengeance of the U.S., says Mary Kostakidis. | In Julian Assange’s extradition case, Magistrate Judge Venessa Baraitser determined he would not survive imprisonment in a U.S. Supermax facility – that he is very likely to commit suicide.  One of the final witnesses in the 4 week extradition trial in 2020 was an American lawyer whose client Abu Hamza was held in ADX Colorado where Julian is likely to be sent. Abu Hamza has no hands. He was extradited from the U.K. following assurances by the U.S. that the prison system was able to deal with the special requirements of such a prisoner.  His lawyer testified that despite assurances he would not be placed in total isolation, that is indeed where he was kept, under Special Administrative Measures, and the U.S. had also failed to delivered on other undertakings to protect his human rights – he did not have a toilet in his cell he could operate – he was stripped of all dignity, contrary to guarantees.


02/07/24

Permalink War on Gaza: Anger grows over viral image of wounded Palestinian stripped to underwear

In the image released by an Israeli soldier, blood can be seen flowing from the leg of the shackled Palestinian man as the soldier towers over him | Anger is mounting over an image released by an Israeli soldier towering over a stripped, bound and wounded Palestinian man in the besieged Gaza Strip.  In the undated image uploaded to Instagram by Yosee Gamzoo, who is the apparent photographer of the scene, the Palestinian man’s hands are tied behind his back as blood pours from a wound in his leg at a school in Gaza City. Gamzoo has since deleted the post as well as his Instagram account after the image went viral and was widely shared by pro-Palestinian accounts.  Several social media users condemned the photo, with some likening it to images from Abu Ghraib where Iraqi detainees were humiliated and tortured by American guards. "This is one of the most moral armies," journalist Dima Halwani sarcastically tweeted as she shared the photo.  On Monday, US State Department spokesman Vedant Patel called the image "deeply troubling" but deferred questions about violations of humanitarian law in relation to the Israeli military. "I have no knowledge or information as it relates to the circumstances surrounding that incident," Patel said.  Late last year, images shared by Israeli soldiers caused widespread anger as they showed scores of blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian men in Gaza City who were forced to strip down to their underwear. Israeli media had claimed the images were of Hamas members surrendering themselves. However, among them were doctors, teachers and journalists, including Diaa al-Kahlout, a correspondent for Araby al-Jadeed.

‘Torture was severe’: Gaza doctor recounts ordeal in Israeli captivity (02/06/24)


02/06/24

Permalink ‘Torture was severe’: Gaza doctor recounts ordeal in Israeli captivity

A Palestinian doctor says Israeli forces in Gaza detained him when they overran a hospital and subjected him to abuse during 45 days of captivity. | Dr. Said Abdulrahman Maarouf was working at al-Ahli al-Arab Hospital in Gaza City when it was surrounded by Israeli forces in December. He described the torture and insults he endured during his 45-day captivity, including sleep deprivation, constant shackling, and blindfolding. The doctor recounted having his hands cuffed, his legs shackled and his eyes masked for the nearly seven-week duration of his imprisonment.

The Israeli army documents its crimes against the people of Gaza (Al Jazeera)(Twitterpost)
The New York Times: Stripped, Beaten or Vanished: Israel’s Treatment of Gaza Detainees Raises Alarm (02/03/24)


02/03/24

Permalink The New York Times: Stripped, Beaten or Vanished: Israel’s Treatment of Gaza Detainees Raises Alarm

Raja Abdulrahim | A U.N. office said Israel’s detention and treatment of detainees might amount to torture. It estimated thousands had been detained and held in “horrific” conditions. Some were freed wearing only diapers. | Cold, almost naked and surrounded by Israeli soldiers with M16 assault rifles, Ayman Lubbad knelt among dozens of Palestinian men and boys who had just been forced from their homes in northern Gaza.  It was early December and photographs and videos taken at the time showed him and other detainees in the street, wearing only underwear and lined up in rows, surrounded by Israeli forces.  In one video, a soldier yelled at them over a megaphone: “We’re occupying all of Gaza. Is that what you wanted? You want Hamas with you? Don’t tell me you’re not Hamas.” The detainees, some barefoot with their hands on their heads, shouted objections. “I’m a day laborer,” one man shouted. “Shut up,” the soldier yelled back.  Palestinian detainees from Gaza have been stripped, beaten, interrogated and held incommunicado over the past three months, according to accounts by nearly a dozen of the detainees or their relatives interviewed by The New York Times. Organizations representing Palestinian prisoners and detainees gave similar accounts in a report, accusing Israel of both indiscriminate detention of civilians and demeaning treatment of detainees.

Field executions: Bodies of 30 Palestinians found in bags at Beit Lahia school (01/31/24)


01/23/24

Permalink Haaretz: Israel's Army Drafted and Armed Thousands of Settlers. Accounts of Their Violence Are Piling Up

Hagar Shezaf | 'Regional defense' battalions have grown fivefold since the war in Gaza started, and there are more and more accounts of settlers serving in them assaulting and threatening Palestinians | A week after the October 7 Hamas attack on Israeli communities near the Gaza border, Aisha Al-Aza, a 19-year-old Palestinian resident of Hebron, went up to the roof of her home.  A man she recognized appeared across from her – a settler who was her neighbor. But there was something different. He was wearing a military uniform and was armed with an M16 assault rifle. "He swore at me, called me a bitch, and loaded his rifle," she says. "He threw stones at me, too." Al-Aza says the neighbor continued to hurl stones after she came down from the roof.  About a month ago, on her way home from a military checkpoint, she met another settler who lives near her, also in uniform. He ordered her to show him her ID card and then her phone. She refused to hand over her phone, and he threatened to detain her. "As soldiers, the settlers are much harsher than the ordinary soldiers," she says. "Now they're in charge here."

94% of probes into settlers violence led to no indictment: NGO


01/14/24

Permalink Gonzalo Lira: The US government has allowed Ukraine to kill an American journalist who criticised ‘dictator’ Zelensky

In a world of cowardice and lies, telling the truth where – and when – it really matters takes courage. And it can cost you your life. | So, Gonzalo Lira is dead. As he warned in his last video message before being disappeared (this time, as it turned out, forever) by the Ukrainian regime, his political journalism has cost him his life.  A successful social media commentator and American citizen, Lira died while incarcerated by Ukraine’s repression apparatus for his criticism of the Western and Ukrainian position on the war against Russia. His terms were often direct, even harsh and polemical. But he was not a spy or some sort of subversive influence agent. He was transparent and open to a fault, standing with his own name – and life – for everything he said. He was a political prisoner (yes, I agree with Tucker Carlson on this one); the official Ukrainian charges against him are a ludicrous disgrace.  The immediate cause of his death is virtually certain to have been severe, prolonged, and systematic neglect, which led to his indirect killing – fully deliberate or not – by a condition (pneumonia and complications) that is perfectly treatable. In legal terms, this qualifies as, at least, manslaughter or even murder, committed by Ukrainian officers of the “law” and those issuing their orders.

Tragic News Predawn (Linh Dinh)


01/13/24

Permalink IN VIDEO: UKRAINIAN NAZIS HELD RUSSIAN POWS IN SMALL CAGES

Russian advance on Ukrainian frontlines is revealing dirty secrets of Ukrainian Nazis. Russian servicemen filmed a king of ‘camp’, where Ukrainians held the captured Russian servicemen. | The footage confirmed that Russian prisoners of war (POWs) were held in inhumane conditions. They were placed in small cages in a pit. The POWs could not even sit down because of the small size of cages. 💬 They are beasts who have lost their human disguise. We consider them brothers, we remember that they are our brothers; but in fact, how Cain killed Abel, his brother, out of envy and became worse than a beast, lost all peace of mind. Today, looking at the Ukrainians, you understand that they chose the path of Cain, the path of Judas, making betrayal their national valor. Their national heroes are Shukhevich, Bandera, Mazepa, who betrayed and did not know the word ‘honor’. Today we are at war with such people. It is very important to understand this. Look, this is for those who doubt, do not understand why we are here and what we are fighting against.  My dear ones, these Judas and Cains deliberately chose the side of the enemy and broke our fraternal ties. They defected to the enemy camp, but there is no place for them either. They are pawns and cannon fodder. We feel sorry for them as people, but they do not pity us. We often come across Ukrainian school books of 2016, where it is written that Russia is the enemy, Ukraine is going to NATO. That’s why I constantly remind who we are at war with.


01/12/24

Permalink Gonzalo Lira - Dead

Gonzalo Lira, an American citizen and journalist, has "died" in a Ukrainian jail after being arrested for speaking the truth about Ukraine and it's President, Volodymyr Zelensky. Now, Zelensky is heading to Davos to receive applause and additional financial support from the West, particularly America. The news came from Gonzalo Lira, Sr. who reported today that his son's life "ended" in prison.

State Dept confirms death of US journalist jailed by Ukraine (RT.com)
Zelensky Critic Gonzalo Lira Reportedly Dead While Imprisoned in Ukraine (Sputnik News)
American citizen Gonzalo Lira dies from neglect in Ukrainian prison (The Greyzone)


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