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Military and Security Forces: January 4, 2012

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Security forces arrested Muhammad Dirbas, a 6 year-old resident of the village of al-Issawiya in northern East Jerusalem.  Only after being questioned for four hours was the boy’s grandfather allowed to collect him from the police station.

(Hebrew)

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January 4th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Military and Security Forces: November 29, 2011

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Two Palestinians, Mo’atassem Tamimi, 15, and Udai Tamimi, 20 years of age, claim that interrogators have used violence against them to make them give a testimony which would incriminate Bassem Tamimi, a Palestinian activist who is being tried on charges of organizing protests and riots.

 

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November 29th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Internal Security: September 27, 2011

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Two police officers of the Yiftach sub-district Special Patrol Unit were convicted of beating a suspect with batons, kicking and slapping him, in a Jaffa police station, and sending him home at night without giving him medical treatment.

(Hebrew)

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September 27th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Internal Security: September 6, 2011

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Shabak (Israel Security Agency) has activated five times in 2011 the ”security offenses detainee law”, which allows to extend the detention of individuals suspected of security offenses, without being brought before a judge.

(Hebrew)

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September 6th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Military and Security Forces: 13 May, 2011

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Amnesty International’s annual report criticized Israel regarding a number of issues concerning military and security forces. According to the report:
  • 33 Palestinians, including 8 children, were killed on the West Bank by IDF gunfire during 2010. 15 people, including 4 children, were killed in the vicinity of the border fence around the Gaza Strip.
  • 264 Palestinians were subject to administrative detention orders during 2010, some of them remaining in detention for over two years. 680 Palestinian detainees were denied family visits, some of them for as long as three years.
  • In some of the cases, Palestinian detainees were not given the possibility to meet with an attorney.
  • A number of detainees reported being tortured while detained in Israel. One, a 15-year-old youth, said he was interrogated for six days and tortured with electric shocks.

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May 13th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Military and Security Forces: January 1st, 2011

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The military judge advocate, Major General Avihai Mendelblitt, decided to close the investigation against former Kfir brigade commander, Colonel Itay Virov. Colonel Virov was suspected of instructing his soldiers to use force against detained Palestinians. In court testimony, defending one of his soldiers, Virov said that “a slap to the face, sometimes a blow to the back of the head and sometimes kneeing for the purposes of calming down [a prisoner] is reasonable. We’ll burst into a thousand houses to get a single AK-47. Is there a table saying what is allowed and what is forbidden? No, and it’s impossible to have one.” “Studying Virov’s testimony, it does not seem that his intention was to permit violence for violence’s sake, but to refer to cases in which the use of violence is necessary, given the mission”, wrote Mendelblitt. (Hebrew)

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January 1st, 2011 at 6:19 am

Political: 20th December, 2010

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The Knesset passed a bill into law, allowing the GSS to prolong the detaining of people suspected of security offenses without the presence of the detainee or his attorney. The law allows the prolonging of the detaining in cases of danger to life. 18 MKs voted in favor and five against. (Hebrew)

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December 21st, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Police: 1st December, 2010

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Alexander Zeitzev, charged and convicted of running over and abandoning a pedestrian, was acquitted due to doubt when he appealed. The judges found his confession was extracted from under unfair circumstances. According to Zeitzev’s lawyers, their client admitted his guilt after two days during which he was not allowed to sleep. The judges found Zeitzev’s confession was extracted under illegal circumstances, and that the interrogators denied him his right to attorney. (Hebrew)

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December 4th, 2010 at 1:46 pm