Nablus – At least one form of torture was subjected to hundreds of Palestinians arrested by the Israeli occupation bWest Bank After the seventh of last October.
Those who were not lucky experienced various types of torture and went through a series of violations from the moment of their arrest and during interrogation until they entered the prison. This sometimes led to direct killing.
Some of them combined the two things together, and tasted, beyond torture, ghosts, and beatings, the worst types of Israeli revenge that aims to break the morale of the prisoner, humiliate him, and undermine his dignity. He is forced, for example, to kiss the Israeli flag or listen to the official anthem of the occupying state for days, in addition to stripping the prisoners individually and in groups, and threatening rape, etc. that.
In light of all this, questions have been raised about the secret of the “psychological and moral punishment” of the prisoners, according to what many say, as the occupation not only assaulted their bodies through torture, beatings and killing, but also deliberately undermined their dignity.
Whoever refuses faces woes
This experience of undermining the morale of prisoners was experienced by the Palestinian Khaled Sousa (62 years old) after his arrest for eight days last October, when the occupation raided his house at dawn, beat his son and took him from among his family members “in handcuffs and with his head down,” while directing insults using obscene words.
Sousa told Al Jazeera Net that he moved between several prisons until he settled days later in Megiddo prison in the north, where prisoners were forced to kiss the Israeli flag in what is known as the “flag room,” and those who refused were severely beaten. He added, “As soon as the prisoner says no, at least 15 soldiers, including the prison nurse, attack him and beat him.”
Khaled Sousa, who is from the city of Nablus, adds, “The process of kissing the flag is filmed to the sound of the occupying state’s anthem, and the prisoner is forced to say: The State of Israel is strong.”
In addition to kissing the flag, the soldiers deliberately insulted the prisoner, Sousa, with obscene words, and this was preceded by a naked search. They entered the prisoner into a small room and forced him to remove all of his clothes during a humiliating search. In addition to all of this, any forced prisoner was subjected to hearing loud music.
Since the beginning of the war, Israel has arrested about 3,000 Palestinian prisoners, and documented many scenes of them being subjected to unprecedented abuse and torture, which has led to the martyrdom of 6 of them so far. Most of them were stripped naked during their interrogation and during their transfer via the “busta” (prison bus).
Meanwhile, prisoners generally face collective punishments, the most important of which are cutting off electricity, communication, and water, preventing them from meeting with lawyers, reducing food and drink, and denying medicine to more than 70% of sick prisoners, according to what the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Authority said.
Violations inside and outside prisons
Under psychological and moral pressure, Fouad Youssef Hassan, from the southern town of Qasra, was detained NablusAfter the occupation arrested him with a number of his brothers to pressure another brother of theirs to surrender himself to the occupation, and he tried to arrest their elderly mother and younger sister as well.
Hassan was arrested on the fifth of November for several days, but he lived the experience of Israeli oppression in all its stages, starting with the abuse at home and inside the military machinery, all the way to the detention and interrogation camps and centers where complete stripping and searches took place, and ending with Megiddo Prison, where the prisoners were forced to kiss the flag. The Israeli prisoner is subjected to many violations aimed at breaking the prisoner’s morale and steadfastness.
Hassan told Al Jazeera Net, “They forced the prisoners to kiss the flag and to bark like dogs, and this was documented by photography. When I refused, they attacked me and beat me with excessive force and broke my bones. They often beat those who kissed the flag or refused.”
And not only inside the prisons, but the prisoners also face the occupation’s measures, such as kissing the flag and directing insults at the resistance during their arrest on the streets, as happened in the city of JerusalemIn which, since the beginning of the war, the occupation has deliberately raised Israeli flags in abundance among its alleys and alleys, especially in the Old City and the surrounding areas. Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Nasser Hammad, an activist in defense of prisoners in Jerusalem, says that the occupation escalated its arrest of young men and children inside the city, assaulted them with severe beatings and abuse, forced them to kiss the Israeli flag in the streets and carry it, and photographed them with this scene inside the investigation basements.
Hammad adds that the prisoners are insulted, beaten, and abused by female soldiers who mock and ridicule them, and they are dragged on their backs while they are naked in front of the female soldiers.
Hammad attributes all of this to the feeling of inferiority among the occupation soldiers regarding Israeli sovereignty, especially in Jerusalem, but it is also due to the instructions given to them and their exploitation of the state of emergency in the war with complete ease, and thus “they deliberately undermine the resolve of the Palestinian prisoner in a way that reflects hidden hatred fueled by their religious beliefs.” , he adds explaining.
The occupation army did not leave any method without using it to place prisoners in conditions that humiliate their human dignity, and it did not limit itself to severe beatings of all kinds or even killing, as Amani Sahrna, the media officer of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, says.
According to Sarhanna, the occupation intends to “number the prisoners” with signs and numbers on their bodies during their arrest in a “Nazi style aimed at psychologically affecting the prisoner,” and seized their pages on social media platforms and spread misleading information against the convictions and nature of the Palestinian person.
Sahrna explained that what the arrest operations show confirms that the occupation’s goal is only to humiliate people, take collective revenge on them, and torture them. She confirmed that most of those arrested since the beginning of the war on Gaza were transferred to administrative detention, and a small portion of them were indicted.