Israeli NGO: Police beat handcuffed detainees in Palestinian solidarity protest (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Akiva Eldar 05/18/12)
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The Justice Ministry has received complaints of severe police
violence against demonstrators, including the use of Taser
electroshock weapons, beating and kicking bound detainees, racist
verbal abuse and sexual harassment of female detainees.
The complaints were filed to the ministry´s department for
investigation of police officers by the Adalah advocacy group two
weeks ago, after a demonstration in support of hunger-striking
Palestinian prisoners outside the prison clinic in Ramle.
According to Adalah´s letter to the police investigation department,
after most of the demonstrators had left, about 30 of them formed a
protest vigil near one of the prison gates and police commandos at
the site attacked them with extreme violence and arrested eight of
A few of the remaining activists came to the Ramle prison station to
wait for their colleagues´ release and started singing. One of them,
Dorit Argo, wrote in a personal statement to the department that
police commandos attacked them in a frenzy of violence and beat them
up, using tasers on them, kicking and swearing.
"A policeman shouted at me that I´m a whore and if I open my mouth he
would smash my face. I said he was threatening me and he kicked me,
pulled my hair and threw me to the floor of the room the men were
held in. Some of them were in a locked cell and others were on the
floor. Two of the men were bound and blindfolded. A cop tasered all
those on the floor. I managed to avoid direct contact with the taser
but felt the electric shock. None of the detainees resisted, even
slightly. The cop threatened that if he hears us talking he will
taser us again ... Throughout the evening cops and officers mocked
our names, our dress and our appearance," she wrote.
An officer named "Shimon," who didn´t like one of the women´s reply
to his derisive comments, pinned her to a wall, pointed his taser at
her and threatened to use it unless she sits quietly, Argo said.
Another detainee, Eden Dror, wrote in his statement, "We heard the
women shouting. A few bound youngsters were brought into the room,
some screaming with pain. The first one I saw was Jihad - he was
cuffed and a commando behind him pushed him and choked him with a
tape. The others´ feet were bound bent on the floor and the policemen
punched and kicked them. As they screamed in pain the policeman
shouted ´dumb Arabs, die,´ and I heard the sound of tasers being used
on the prisoners lying tied up on the floor. Shimon spat in a
detainee´s face, tasered him and shouted ´you´re a hero, want to be a
shahid (martyr )?´"
The policemen sexually harassed the female Arab detainees, calling
them "whores" and saying "I´ll f--- you" and "I´ll smash your face
up," Adalah attorney Orna Cohen wrote to the department.
Two other female detainees and a man who happened to be at the police
station and witnessed the policemen´s violent behavior also attached
statements to the complaint.
A police spokeswoman told Haaretz that due to the severe suspicions
rising from the complaint the police passed it on to the Justice
Ministry department. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/18/12)
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