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Israel Must Put Boundaries on Torture

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The hospitalization of Samer Arbid, a suspect in the murder of 17-year-old Rina Shnerb, reminded everyone that the Shin Bet security service has special means of torture reserved for cases it defines as urgent. There are only a few such cases every year, as Haaretz’s Amos Harel wrote late last month.

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But even in situations not considered emergencies, when special means of torture aren’t necessary, Shin Bet interrogators use methods that cause severe physical and emotional pain and suffering – sleep deprivation, handcuffing in painful positions for long stretches, threats and isolation cells that are intentionally cold, filthy, stinking and moldy.

Of the 102 interrogees in whose name the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel has complained to the Justice Ministry over the past five years, 31 percent said they suffered physical........

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