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Israeli Torture: Accountability Denied


Torture is official US and Israeli policy

by Stephen Lendman

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PACTI) "believes that torture and ill-treatment of any kind and under all circumstances is incompatible with the moral values of democracy and the rule of law." 

Yet it's systematically practiced by Israel's Police, Israel Securities Authority (ISA), Israeli Prison Service (IPS), and Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

An earlier 2009 PACTI report discussed the practice and systematic disregard of hundreds of complaints filed from 2001 - 2009.

A new January report updates the earlier one, titled, "Accountability Still Denied," saying:

No investigations followed over 700 earlier complaints filed. Israel whitewashed and forgot them for two reasons: "either denial or justification under the necessity defense doctrine," even though international law prohibits torture at all times, under all circumstances, with no allowed exceptions. 

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