Torture of Palestinian prisoners: Time to end Israel’s impunity | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Torture of Palestinian prisoners: Time to end Israel’s impunity

On 25 September 2019, a Palestinian man was arrested by Israeli soldiers and transferred to the Russian Compound detention facility in Jerusalem for interrogation by Israel’s internal intelligence agency, the Shin Bet.

Samer Arbeed’s arrest marked the beginning of a wave of arrests in the ensuing months throughout the occupied West Bank. Later, media publications would describe this operation as a crackdown on the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which was allegedly linked to the murder of Rina Schnerb, a young Israeli woman killed in a bombing attack earlier that year.

The Shin Bet was eager to expose the alleged PFLP network – perhaps too eager. For two days after his arrest, Arbeed, who had been otherwise healthy at the time of his arrest, was brought to Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital in critical condition, suffering from kidney failure and broken ribs. He was placed on a respirator until his condition stabilised, and then, to the shame of the military court that approved it, sent back to the custody of the Shin Bet.