The Palestinian Authority and Hamas Are Torturing Palestinians

(Gatestone Institute) Khaled Abu Toameh - The two Palestinian governments, the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza, are both major violators of human rights. The PA has used international funds to build prisons and detention centers in the West Bank where torture has become the norm. Hamas has transformed Gaza into a radical Islamist emirate with a startling disregard for human rights and public freedoms. The Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) reports a dramatic rise over the past two years in the number of complaints about torture in Palestinian prisons run by Hamas and the PA. Dr. Ammar Dwaik, Director General of ICHR, revealed that his group received 782 complaints regarding torture - 614 in Gaza and 168 in the West Bank. These undemocratic and repressive regimes have proven themselves utterly incapable of mustering even a minimal degree of tolerance for dissent.

2016-01-11 00:00:00

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