B'tselem 's February 23 press release headlined "Investigation of Palestinian detainee's death in custody must include full circumstances."
Examining Jaradat's interrogation treatment, procedures used, responsible officials, and physicians complicit in torture is essential.
Expect whitewash instead. It happens every time. Killers get of scot-free. So do torturers. They're emboldened to repeat cruel and inhuman treatment.
In October 2011, the Public Committee against Torture in Israel and Physicians for Human Rights (PACTI) issued a damning report.
It's titled "Doctoring the Evidence, Abandoning the Victim: The Involvement of Medical Professionals in Torture and Ill Treatment in Israel."
It showed Israeli doctors are complicit in torture and other abusive practices. Doing so violates their Hippocratic Oath.
They witness interrogation harshness. They're actively involved. They permit what demands condemnation.
They "conceal information, thereby allowing total impunity for the torturers." They're beholden to power. They permit lawlessness. They ignore prisoner rights.
They spurn fundamental ethical standards. They cross the line irresponsibly. They're unapologetic. They're guilty of high crimes. They deserve punishment. They're unfit to practice medicine.
Torture is official Israeli policy. It's longstanding. It violates international law. It's clear and unequivocal. It's prohibited at all times, under all circumstances, with no allowed exceptions.
The UN Convention against Torture calls it:
"any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain and suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity"."
Fourth Geneva's Article 27 states:- Advertisement -
Protected persons "shall at all times be humanely treated, and shall be protected especially against all acts of violence or threats thereof...."
Articles 31 and 32 state:
"No physical or moral coercion shall be exercised against protected persons."