To mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel held a symposium on officially-sanctioned torture, focusing on police brutality. The event was a joint effort with the Human Rights Federation of Turkey (HRFT) and Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy at Ben-Gurion University.
The conference opened with introductions from PCATI Executive Director Dr. Ishai Menuchin and Prof. Yoram Meital, Chairman of the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy, who noted the importance of bringing torture into academic discourse. The symposium’s first segment presented the findings of an academic study comparing the roots of torture in Turkey and in Israel conducted by PCATI and the Human Rights Federation of Turkey over the previous two years. The research was presented by its writers Dr. Noam Hofstadter and Atty. Elif Koru.
The conference continued with a panel discussion on police brutality in Israel with Rafat Abu Aish of the Negev Co-Existence Forum for Civil Equality and Atty. Tali Dajeen of Tebeka. The panel was chaired by Tami Molad-Hayo, Chairman of the Public Committee Against Torture.