"This prohibition applies to....torture (and) to any other measures of brutality whether applied by civilian or military agents."
Article 147 calls "willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment....grave breaches." They're considered crimes of war and against humanity.
Geneva's Common Article Three requires "humane treatment for all persons in enemy hands, specifically prohibit(ing) murder, mutilation, torture, cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment (and) unfair trial(s)."
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Article 7 states:
"No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."
Its Article 10 states:
" All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity...."
Other international laws affirm similar obligations. Israel spurns them with impunity.
In 1987, its Landau Commission prohibited torture conditionally. It supported Israel's Penal Law "necessary defense" provision.
It approves "psychological and moderate physical pressure." It's used to force confessions to convict. Detainees say anything to stop pain. Torture-extracted evidence is impermissible. Israel uses it anyway. Innocent Palestinians languish in gulag hell.
Landau Commission members approved what they should have condemned. They called coercive interrogation practices necessary against "hostile (or) terrorist activity." They affirmed it against expressions of Palestinian nationalism.
Israel's High Court tried having it both ways. On the one hand, it prohibited torture. On the other, it permits it in "ticking bomb" cases.
Doing so violates international law. Israeli interrogators, Shin Bet, and Prison Service officials take full advantage.
PACTI says Israel tortures thousands of Palestinian prisoners. Nearly all detainees endure torture, humiliation and other forms of abuse. Children are treated like adults. Many end up traumatized.
Abuse begins at arrest. Commanders order it or look the other way. Beatings are commonplace. Coverup and denial follow. Things worsen in detention.