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Closed Society: May 3, 2011

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A complaint was filed against a number of doctors of Laniado Hospital, stating that contrary to the law, they failed to report that Jihad Moujabari, a Palestinian who arrived at the emergency room,  claimed that he was severely beaten during his interrogation by the Shabak [Israeli domestic secret service - Ed.].

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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

Police: 13 December 2010

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A new report by B’Tselem shows a long line of severe flaws in the Jerusalem Police conduct relating to the arrest of minors. According to the report, the police has opened 1,267 cases against East Jerusalem minors, on suspicions of throwing rocks. Some of the minors were arrested at night, despite the fact that the law states that they should avoid doing so inasmuch as possible, and in many cases the minors were interrogated without their parents present, which is in violation of the law. Some of the children arrested also claim that violence was used against them, and that they were unnecessarily handcuffed. (Hebrew)

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December 18th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Police: 13 December, 2010

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A new report by B’Tselem shows a series of serious faults in the Jerusalem Police procedures for the detention of minors. According to the report, the police opened 1,267 files for East Jerusalem minors over the past year, on suspicion of throwing stones. Some of the minors were arrested at night, despite the fact that the law states that such actions should be avoided inasmuch as possible, and in many cases the minors were interrogated without their parents being present, in violation of the law. Some of the children arrested also claim that violence was used against them, and that they were unnecessarily restrained. (Hebrew)

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December 13th, 2010 at 5:33 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

Military and Security Forces: 2nd November, 2010

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According to a report by B’Tzelem and the Center for Individual Rights, the legal authorities violate the human rights of the detainees in the GSS’s detainment facility in Petah Tikva. The testimonies of 121 detainees show that detainees locked in sealed solitary cells, under inadequate hygiene measures, and suffer from sleep deprivation and from being handcuffed for prolonged periods in the interrogation chambers. 13 detainees reported sleep deprivation of more than 24 hours, and 9% of them reported violence was used against them. In one case, a 63 years widow was brought to the facility, and her family members held there were exposed to her suffering in detainment. After two days, the widow was dismissed without any charge.

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November 2nd, 2010 at 3:26 pm