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Activists launch campaign to stop torture in Israeli jails

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Online calls grew on Monday to protect Palestinians, especially Palestinian prisoners from the Israeli torture.

The campaign comes following successive reports by human rights organizations and lawyers, which revealed horrible forms of torture being committed against Palestinian prisoners of all ages.

Activists tweeted photos and witnesses of tortured Palestinian prisoners with the hashtag #StopTorturingPalestinians.

Journalist and activist Denny Cormier posted a photo of an Israeli soldier arresting Palestinian children after removing their clothes and wrote: “Shame on the world who is still silent and has not taken any action toward Israel’s violence against Palestinian detainees yet. #StopTorturingPalestinians”

Journalist Robert Inlakesh tweeted: “The international community continues to ignore such flagrant violations of human rights, such as the torture of political prisoners, committed by Israel.

Israel arrests/detains 500-700+ Palestinian children every year, some younger than 10.

#StopTorturingPalestinians”

Abdel Karim tweeted: “There are currently over 5000 Palestinian prisoners inside israeli jails.

Palestinian prisoners are FREEDOM FIGHTERS.
#StopTorturingPalestinians”

A recent report by Addameer revealed that 95% of those who got arrested have been subjected to different types of torture although most of them had no relations to any military activities.

Addameer stated that the occupation state has been trying, through an integrated methodology, to go after all forms of political and trade union activities throughout Palestine.

Lawyers and families of several Palestinian prisoners have recently complained about increased torture during arrest and interrogation.

The mother of Mais Abu Ghoush (22 years old) stated that she could not embrace her daughter because of the pains she had all over her body.

The wife of Waleed Hanatsheh told QNN that she did not even recognize her husband until he called her, due to the severe torture to which he was subjected.

Children prisoners were not an exception. In 2018, Amnesty International called out the “widespread, systematic and institutionalised ill treatment of Palestinian children”.

It stated that the occupation state is the only country that “automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack fundamental fair rights and guarantees.”

Israeli forces had “tortured and otherwise ill-treated Palestinian detainees, including children, particularly during arrest and interrogation”, with methods including “beating with batons, slapping, throttling, prolonged shackling, stress positions, sleep deprivation and threats.”

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