The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said complaints by Palestinian prisoners of mistreatment by Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security agency are common, but rarely prosecuted. Between 2001 and 2011, 700 complaints were filed by prisoners, but none resulted in a criminal investigation, said Sarit Michaeli, the group’s spokeswoman.
Common complaints include sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation, solitary confinement in a foul-smelling cell, dim light designed to cause disorientation, and extreme cold. “These are systematic practices that make up the norm,” she said. “It isn’t a coincidence, a malfunction or accident. It’s a system.”