One of the political detainees in the prisons of the Palestinian Authority published a testimony of being subjected to severe torture in the investigation cellars of the intelligence service.
The detainee who concealed his identity for fear of being rearrested said, “A few days ago, the PA’s intelligence released me after having arrested me in a sadistic and barbarian manner.”
He continued: “like any man arrested on political grounds, I was subjected to severe torture inside the intelligence cells during the interrogation, including hanging by the hands on the doors, severe beatings, and being kept in a tiny closet for long hours.”
He added: “The detention in a closet is one of the worst forms of torture, because the closet is very narrow. It is 150 cm in length and one meter in width, so you cannot move inside, and it could cause suffocation for the detainee.”
“Moreover, every Thursday evening, the PA deliberately torture all detainees, without exception, whether they are under investigations, those in the interrogation cells, or those who have completed interrogation and are awaiting release.”
He added, “They beat all the detainees 100 times on their legs violently.”
“Even those who were not released due to the absence of the person in charge of the release process, receive more than 100 lashes.”
He pointed out that “this kind of sadism is new. Normally, those who finish their investigation are sent to other rooms and the beating and torture stops. Unfortunately, those who are released refuse to talk about the torture and sadism they were subjected to in the cellars of criminals.”
He wondered: “How would we stop this crime, if we are not ready to talk about this brutal torture and sadism, which is a pointless torture policy!”
The PA in the West Bank arrested more than 46 Palestinians for their political affiliation and trade union activity.
The PA increase the suffering of the Palestinian people, who are already suffering from the occupation. The international community and the countries supporting the Palestinian Authority must put pressure on it to uphold the international human rights standards, and the enforcement of justice.