Following the decision of the High Court of Justice prohibiting physical means of interrogation by the GSS, and subsequent attempts to enact legislation allowing their use, B'Tselem is publishing a position paper on the subject. This document, which is the first of its kind for the human rights organization, addresses all aspects of the use of torture and ill-treatment in interrogations.
The document addresses, among other things, the baseless arguments raised by journalists and MKs regarding GSS interrogations.
The position paper responds to arguments and questions such as:
- "We are not Holland" - How do other democratic countries cope with terrorism? The American and British approach.
- Is questioning suspects "over a cup of coffee" the only option to torture? Are there other ways to obtain vital information?
- Is it possible to allow "moderate physical pressure" without it quickly turning into a license to torture?
- Are there cases in which it is morally justified to torture a person to obtain information that may save lives?
If Israel enacts a statute allowing torture in interrogations, it would become the only democratic country in the world to legalize torture.