Days of Palestine

Sunday, January 29

Lawyer: Israeli occupation tortures elderly Palestinian

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Israeli occupation troops tortured elderly Palestinian during a 33-day interrogation period, a lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement on Monday.

According to PPS, 65-year-old Fayez Attar, from the Gaza Strip, was arrested in June.

Over the course of 33 days while being “interrogated” by Israeli officers, Attar said he was exposed to multiple forms of physical and psychological torture, including severe beating, verbal abuse and long time of being handcuffed.

He was then placed in prison cells with collaborators, another tactic used by Israeli interrogators to extract confessions from Palestinian political prisoners.

While being held, Israeli prison authorities continued to beat him and also covered his head with a bag that almost suffocated him, according to the PPS statement.

Attar is married and has nine children, one of whom had been previously murdered by the Israeli occupation forces, the PPS said.

Rights groups have long criticised Israel for the mistreatment of Palestinians in Israeli jails, as well as the illegality of their imprisonment.

Meanwhile, Israeli doctors working in Israeli prisons have been condemned for their complicity in the torture of Palestinian prisoners during interrogations, in violation of medical ethics and international law.

According to the Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, a total of 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, many of whom face torture, denial of family visitation and medical negligence.