Palestinian Authority Tortured 96% of its Prisoners

“And then you throw them in jail on a parole violation, while claiming it had nothing to do with the movie.”

All this is not only paid for with American tax dollars, but those tax dollars paid for two decades of training the Palestinian Authority judiciary and “police” in proper judicial and law enforcement procedures.

An Arab human rights group based in London accused the Palestinian Authority of inhumane practices and human rights violations against Palestinian civilians in a scathing report published on Friday.

The Arab Organization for Human Rights has put the primary blame for the human rights abuses on PA President Mahmoud Abbas and called on the UN, Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation to take urgent action.

AOHR monitored the practices of the PA’s security agencies from January to July 2012 and used information from victims detained by the PA, their families, eye-witnesses and local NGOs in its report.

It accused the PA of arbitrary actions against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank – including torture, detentions, interrogations and firing people from their jobs.

From June 2007 until the end of 2011, PA security forces detained 13,271 Palestinian citizens and 96 percent were subjected to various methods of torture, the report said. This resulted in the death of six detainees and caused “chronic illness” in others.

Between January and July 2012, PA security agencies detained 572 people and sent summonses to 770 more.

“Among them women and old people, who were often forced to wait from early morning to the evening before being interviewed.

Some were summonsed daily for weeks on end, others were kept under virtual house arrest. The period also witnessed raids against universities, hospitals and houses in order to arrest people wanted for protesting against the Israeli occupation. PA officers confiscated equipment and personal cash, which often went missing after the searches,” the group said.

It also said the PA was guilty of torture and degrading treatment, with 18.7 percent of a sample of 300 former detainees stating that they experienced “severe torture” and 99.7% claiming that they were exposed to degrading treatment.

“With regards to the effect of detention on the lives of the detainees, 60% of those in the study explained that they now suffer from chronic diseases due to torture and the poor conditions in which they were held in detention.

On another level, 60% confirmed that repeated or extensive detention reduced them to a state of acute poverty,” the report stated.

“A significant number of detainees are elderly people aged 60 and above, representing 11.3%; women made up 15.3%. Of the sample, 39.3% are students, 38% of whom confirmed that their studies were interrupted as a result of detention,” the report stated.

It calls on the PA to adhere to international law and conventions, and to declare that a future Palestinian state “must be set up on true bases built on the rights of the Palestinian citizen to life and freedom.”

The Palestinian Authority is obviously abusive and tyrannical, but the Arab Organization for Human Rights supports Hamas. And some of what it’s really complaining about are Palestinian Authority arrests of Hamas members in their ongoing civil war. But AOHR also has condemnations of Qatar, demonstrating that it’s not another Qatari puppet like Al Jazeera, and offers some strong condemnations of Morsi in Egypt, also showing its independence from the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • AdinaK

    The PA/Fatah terror junta is part and parcel of the Hamas junta and there is no daylight between them in their brutality. And to believe that Arafat's heirs would be able to build a democracy is to believe that the Nazis could reform!

    In any case, a 'PA State' is illegal, at least under international law, as they violate all manner of the 'laws of war' by CIVILIZED nations –

    Besides, those who torture their own prisoners are hardly fit to lead anyone, even cats and dogs.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

    • welldoneson

      To me, the irrefutable evidence that the "palestinian" cause is wrong is that the world's hard left, from street protesters in Spain to street protesters in Chile, support it. They've spent generations proving themselve to be utterly wrong headed, from supporting the Stalinist uprising in Spain, to opposing the WW2 war effort, to assuring us the overthrow of the Shah of Iran was a good thing… in fact, name any cause supported by the left. Wrong with a capital RAW.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "…the irrefutable evidence that the "palestinian" cause is wrong is that the world's hard left, from street protesters in Spain to street protesters in Chile, support it. "

        The irrefutable evidence that the "palestinian" cause is wrong is that the world's hard left, from street protesters in Spain to street protesters in Chile, support it with bald-faced lies that anyone can debunk.

  • Whitney

    I'm confused – what about the torture of Palestinians at the hands of Israelis, which we also fund to an even greater extent.

    • RedWhiteAndJew

      No. Stop playing pretend.

    • JacksonPearson

      "I'm confused – what about the torture of Palestinians at the hands of Israelis, which we also fund to an even greater extent."

      Care to give us a link as to where this torturing in Israel is going on?
      Like, give some dates, places and names?

      • RedWhiteAndJew


      • Quidam9

        I can give you a link to a site that keeps track of stats. Ourside of that I can get you all the links you want for the rest, however I have to do it day after tomorrow, as I will not be around until then. :)

        And as for torture and prison issues:

  • RedWhiteAndJew

    I know…let's give them a state!

    • UCSPanther

      And watch the ensuing trainwreck

  • CatKD2DBI

    "Arrested in raids AGINST people protesting the Israeli 'occupation'…..( sic). Really? Huh? They arrested people for protesting Israel? I guess this is just a distortion or the arrests reflect internal factions against one another. Not sure.

    P.S. Whitney, you are lost. Please turn left at the Huffington Post….

  • JacksonPearson

    "Allah": Satan's current alias… "Barack": Allah's current ally…

  • rightwingcanadian

    you know why Obama supports islamic terror and despots because he shares their vison of a world without Israel and also the establishment of a a caliphate.

  • Ghostwriter

    Somehow,I'm not surprised by this in the least.

  • Quidam9

    Oh, so you guys are finally against torture! Thank GOD! I thought there was no hope whatsoever that you guys would ever say that torture is morally wrong! So again THANK YOU for being ANTI-TORTURE! Now you can take action. Write to the DoJ and others about releasing the rest of the prisoners were were already cleared for release. Tell them to RELEASE THEM NOW!

    And all of you: Welcome to the real world! Enjoy your stay! You'll find that this is a much more pleasant place to be! No fears of Muslims hiding under beds, or fear of another attack in god knows where, or the sPam Jello, I mean Geller version of Shariah LOL!! (Shariah cannot be enforced on non-Muslims, important fact, that)

    Now that you woke from your slumber you will find yourself becoming smarter and smarter, your IQ rises once you get out of that dark place where all they do is brainwash you with lie after lie and you end up believing it. They advertise fast food so that you'll stay fat and fatigued all the time. That renders you completely incapable of doing anything but sleeping and watching that same box that brainwashed you to start with.

    Take care! Peace!