My friends, the Duma suspects were tortured
The lawyers of the suspects in custody attest that the Shin Bet sexually harassed suspects, struck their genitals, kicked, spat and electrocuted them, and that one of the suspects attempted suicide.
After hearing about the torture of the Duma suspects at the hands of the Israeli security services, it’s time to remember that these suspects are first and foremost Jewish children and they have been subjected to physical and mental torture.
As we hear about the Duma case, it is easy to forget that these suspects are young Jewish children. They are the son of some Jewish mother and the grandson of some Jewish grandmother.
Their identities are currently under gag order, but I can say that I have met all of the Duma suspects currently incarcerated and I know them personally. I recall dancing at the wedding of one of the suspects. He too was dancing and full of smiles. I remember visiting another one of the suspects in his home where he brought out tea and cookies for myself and other guests.
I listened to the press conference held by their lawyers and I heard Adi Keidar say, “I can say that the youth who I met was not the same person who I knew before this interrogation.”
I am worried based on Keidar’s words. What has been done to my friend who I once knew? Will I ever see him smile again? Will I ever hear him speak again? What sort of permanent damage has been done to him by these violent interrogations?
I remember another friend of mine. He is a small teenager no more than 16 years old. He’s barely 5 feet tall and hardly more than 100 pounds. According to the lawyers at the press conference his head was snapped back until he threw up. When he was taken to a doctor, the doctor said he needed to rest, especially given that he had been prevented from sleeping for three days. Yet the Shabak interrogators immediately took him back to the interrogation room and continued with their torture.
It was noted at the press conference that none of the suspects have confessed to the attack in Duma and it seems that none of them have been connected to the incident so far.
It’s important to keep in mind that the stories mentioned here, come from the few suspects who have been able to meet with lawyers. There are still others who have not yet been granted that basic right. Who knows what was done to them?
More scary perhaps it what will be done to them now that the Shabak interrogators are even more frustrated given that it was reported in the press conference that the Duma incident has still not been solved.
I think about my friend the newlywed. The one who’s wedding I danced at just over a year ago. He is among those who have not yet met with a lawyer and he is also not a minor. If the stories above are what was done to minors, I dare not dream what was done to him…
I think of the others who are also undergoing these interrogations and it is easy to see where this is going. If suspects are violently abused and interrogations are continued despite doctors’ advice, there will be permanent physical and emotional damage.
It seems that the Shabak would be quite pleased with themselves if the last dying breath of one of the suspects was a confession. At the current rate it seems we are not so far from that point, G-d forbid…