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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Best Defense of Hamas Prisons in History

The Sydney Morning Herald has an interesting article about a five-star prison in Gaza where the prisoners are accused of the most heinous crimes (murderers, rapists, and people trying to save Jewish lives.) But they have relative freedom to watch TV, cook meals, and even go on weekend leave.

The best part of the story is when the director is asked about torture in the prison:
"We do not practice any torture here," he says. "That takes place at the interrogation centre, before people are convicted."
The article goes on to describe those interrogation centers:
One inmate with experience of Hamas's interrogation techniques is Atta Najar, a 40-year-old father of four.

''When they questioned me I had my toenails pulled out with pliers and [they] … hung me up overnight by my hands,'' Najar tells the Herald, with prison director's approval.

Charged with the almost unpardonable crime of spying for Israel, Najar spent six months in an interrogation centre before he was transferred to Suleiman's prison when it opened nearly four months ago.
Gaza: if you survive the arrest and trial, your prison stay will be wonderful!

That is, until you visit the gallows in the basement.