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Dozens of Palestinians protest in Jerusalem over alleged torture suffered by a prisoner in Israel

October 2, 2019


Dozens of Palestinians have demonstrated on Tuesday in Jerusalem to protest against the alleged torture suffered by a Palestinian prisoner suspected of participating in an attack in August that resulted in a death.

The Israel Police have dispersed the protest, which has taken place in front of Hadasah Hospital, and two people have been arrested, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

The suspect's lawyers, Samer Arbid, 44, a resident of Ramallah, said the man was in good health when he was arrested and added that he was admitted in critical condition after an interrogation.

Shin Bet revealed on Saturday night the arrest of three suspects, including Arbid, for his alleged membership in a terrorist cell responsible for an attack that resulted in the death of Rina Shnerb, 17.

The Israeli authorities have pointed out that Arbid has a “history” of terrorist activities related to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (FPLP). The other two detainees are Kasam Shabali and Yazen Majamas.

According to information collected by the Israeli newspaper 'Haaretz', Shin Bet received legal permission to use “extraordinary measures” during his interrogation of Arbid.

Shin Bet has claimed that the cell was planning new attacks, including shootings and kidnappings, when the suspects were arrested. During the operation, an artisanal explosive device was dismantled, as recorded in 'The Times of Israel'.

Arbid's lawyers denounced in a statement that the man was “severely tortured” by his interrogators and added that “he was taken to the hospital unconscious and suffers many fractures,” as the Addameer Foundation has collected.

For his part, Shin Bet simply said that Arbid “was not well” during the interrogation. “According to the protocols, he was transferred to perform medical tests and receive treatment at the hospital,” he said.