Amnesty: Guilty Israeli Security Personnel Avoid Punishment

Published June 14th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Amnesty International charged in its annual report on Israel for the year 1999 that most members of the security forces who use torture or ill treatment, or who unlawfully kill, are not punished by Israeli authorities, reported the Jerusalem Post Wednesday.  

Foreign ministry spokesman Aviv Shiron told The Jerusalem Post that the ministry would respond to the charges by the human rights organization at a later date.  

"The General Security Service tortured suspects until the High Court of Justice ruled in September that its interrogation methods were unlawful," the report said.  

Amnesty added it received many reports of Palestinians being beaten or otherwise ill-treated at checkpoints, during demonstrations and immediately after arrest.  

In one case, Amnesty said, the justice ministry's police investigations unit recommended prosecuting a border policemen who beat 21-year-old Ziad Ali Taamra, injuring his legs, stomach and chest. However, no charges were brought against him, the daily said.  

Amnesty also referred to the case of a soldier who, in November 1997, fired towards a group of three children. Eight-year-old Ali Jawarish was struck and killed, according to the daily - Albwaba.com 

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