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TORTURE and ABUSE , PRISONERS, and ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION of Palestinians in Israel occupied territories

FACTS & FIGURES –

PRISONERS

‘Israeli military justice authorities arbitrarily detained Palestinians who advocated non-violent protest against Israeli settlements and the route of the separation barrier.

In January,a military appeals court increased the prison sentence of Abdallah Abu Rahme, from the village of Bil’in, to 16 months in prison on charges of inciting violence and organizing illegal demonstrations, largely on the basis of coerced statements of children.’

  • According to the Israel Prison Service, there were about 4424 Palestinian prisoners and security detainees being held in Israeli prisons as of the end of April 2012. According to prisoners’ rights organization Addameer, there were 4653 Palestinians imprisoned by Israel as of May 1, 2012.
  • Since 1967, Israel has imprisoned upwards of 700,000 Palestinians from the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, or about 20% of the total population of the occupied territories.
  • Those who are charged are subjected to Israeli military courts that human rights organizations have criticized for failing to meet the minimum standards required for a fair trial.
  • According to Amnesty International’s 2011 Annual Report on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: “Palestinians in the [occupied territories] subject to Israel’s military justice system continued to face a wide range of abuses of their right to a fair trial. They are routinely interrogated without a lawyer and, although they are civilians, are tried before military not ordinary courts.”
  • According to Human Rights Watch’s 2012 World Report:

– TORTURE & ABUSE –

  • Until 1999, the use of torture by Israeli military and security forces was both widespread and officially condoned under the euphemism of “moderate physical pressure.” Methods included beatings, forcing prisoners into painful physical positions for long periods of time, and sleep deprivation.
  • In 2000 it was revealed that between 1988 and 1992 Israel’s internal security force, the Shin Bet, had systematically tortured Palestinians during the first, mostly nonviolent, uprising against Israel’s occupation, using methods that went beyond what was allowable under government guidelines for “moderate physical pressure.”
  • These methods included violent shaking, tying prisoners into painful positions for long periods, subjecting them to extreme heat or cold, and severe beatings, including kicking. At least 10 Palestinians died and hundreds of others were maimed as a result.
  • In 1999, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the use of “moderate physical pressure” was illegal, however reports of torture and abuse of Palestinian prisoners continued unabated.
  • Amnesty International’s 2011 Annual Report on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories states:

    Consistent allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, including of children, were frequently reported. Among the most commonly cited methods were beatings, threats to the detainee or their family, sleep deprivation, and being subjected to painful stress positions for long periods. Confessions allegedly obtained under duress were accepted as evidence in Israeli military and civilian courts.

  • Other abusive practices employed by Israel against Palestinian prisoners include the use of solitary confinement, denial of family visits, and forcing prisoners to live in unsanitary living conditions.
  • The harsh conditions endured by Palestinians in Israeli prisons prompted a series of hunger strikes, including a mass hunger strike by more than 1500 prisoners in early 2012 leading to some concessions from Israel. The concessions reportedly included an end to the use of solitary confinement as a punitive measure and allowing family visits for prisoners from Gaza.

– ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION –

  • Israel uses a procedure known as administrative detention to imprison Palestinians without charge or trial for months or even years. Administrative detention orders are normally issued for six-month periods, which can be extended indefinitely.
  • Administrative detention was first instituted by the British during the Mandate era in 1945, prior to the creation of Israel.
  • There are currently as of May 29, 2012, approximately 308 Palestinians being held in administrative detention.
  • Since 1967, some 100,000 administrative detention orders have been issued by Israel.
  • Although there are none currently being held in administrative detention, Israeli authorities have in the past used the procedure against Palestinian children as well as adults.
  • Israel’s frequent use of administrative detention has been condemned by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, as well as Israeli human rights groups like B’Tselem.
  • An end to the use of administrative detention was one of the main demands of a recent wave of hunger strikes by Palestinians in Israeli prisons.
  • In May 2012, Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch implicitly admitted that Israel uses administrative detention for reasons other than stated urgent “security” concerns, urging authorities to “use it only if there’s a need.”
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A child girl must be married quickly: Why and how?

Outside the Western societies, girls must be married quickly, preferably before the age of 16, and at 13 is perfect, regardless of religion or race.  Why?

Because boys must get married quickly and early on.  Why?

Communities and societies’ stability depend on boys marrying and settling down the sooner the better.

I can hear you mumbling: “Man, your deductive reasoning got me lost”.  Never mind; your turn to exercising the power of your imagination.

Anyway, I disagree with these customs and so-called pragmatic realities, but what do I know?  Besides reading about many cases of pains and suffering and humiliation among young couples, who even never met before the wedding ceremony, traditions are considered to have longer memories and vaster imagination than my limited capacities.

Now that the “why” part is taken care off, let us attack the “how” portion of the problem.

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With many modern appendages added to the customs for wedding ceremony, prior, during, and after the wedding expenses are serious barriers to contracting out marriages for younger generations.

It is no longer as simple as borrowing a separate tent  for the couple and planting it a few yards away from the main family tent.

It is no longer as organizing a quick razzias and rounding up sheep, cows, horses, and camels and satisfying the legitimate dowry for the bride.

Here are a list of stages, steps, and requirements before , during, and after the wedding ceremony.

First, the groom and his family must secure the negotiated dowry that does not have to be paid before the ceremony.  The dowry is an obligation paid to the wife for emergency cases such as legal divorces or problems in the inheritance procedures.  The dowry represents the current market price of either 10 camels, 100 cows, or 1,000 sheep.

The family of the groom might start negotiations based on the cheapest of the three options, and the bride’s family by the highest of option.  In Iran, the dowry was regulated to be around $6,000 and in Saudi Arabia about $8,000.   In the Palestinian occupied territories, mayors, head of clans, and deputies have agreed on a charter reducing the dowry to $2,000, including ring, and jewlery (or the dowry publicly recorded).

Second, the tradition requires that the family of the groom pays for the “white night” or the feast among the male friends; the formal feast among the females: the formal feast offered to the bride’s family and cousins; the formal feast to the community and the slaughter of a sheep; and the night of the “henna” for coloring and painting the bride.

The Palestinian charter circumvent all these unnecessary and expensive customs to the bare minimum.

Third, the groom has to offer seven formal dresses to the bride in various colors and shapes for all the occasions before, during, after the wedding ceremony.  The groom has also to extend dresses to all the female members of the bride’s family.  The Palestinian charter reduced these expenses according to customs.

Fourth, the groom is to arrive to the wedding ceremony in a rented luxury car and the feast to be at an expensive hotel charging no less than $20,000.  The Palestinian charter encourages the couple to come in regular cars; limiting the number of the train of cars; the feast be held in public places; and that the number of plates to feeding the crowd be reduced.

Fifth, the family of the groom and cousins are invited for the dinner feast at the bride’s family after the wedding.

Sixth, the Palestinian charter proposed to cancel all cash gifts by the invitees to the wedding ceremony, except those who need to repaying debts.

Seventh, the Palestinian charter proposes that the bride’s family share in the expenses by one-fourth of the total expenses.

Note: After the couple give birth to children, boys of 12 are rounded up by the Israel prison service, supposedly for questioning on the “terrorist” members in the family and incarcerated for several months as advanced punishment and a reminder of their fate: 60% of Palestinian males were made to pass by Israel prison service.

The little girls suffer the same treatments and are threatened to be raped in front of all their family members.


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