PA Must Pay Damages for Torturing Palestinians Who ‘Collaborated’ with Israel

View of an unidentified male suspect handcuffed to a bench in the Southeast Community Police Station, Los Angeles, California, April 24, 2015. The man had been arrested for solicitation of prostitution in the South Figueroa Street corridor by the LAPD's Human Trafficking Task Force. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
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The Algemeiner reports: – In a landmark case, a Jerusalem court this week ruled that the Palestinian Authority (PA) must pay damages to 51 Palestinians who were imprisoned and systematically subjected to “unimaginable torture” by the PA from 1990-2003.

The court’s 1,860-page ruling was published on Wednesday after 90 court sessions and a painstaking review of the plaintiffs’ allegations that they were physically and mentally harmed — some for several years — after being detained by the PA on suspicion of collaborating with Israel.

Plaintiffs said the PA sought to extract confessions by brutally beating them, extinguishing cigarettes on their bodies, pulling out their teeth, forcing them into painful positions for extended periods of time, and denying them food and drink. Several of the plaintiffs also stated their genitals were harmed, rendering them sterile.

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