Twenty years ago, o 1999 Sep. , Shin Bet security services interrogations changed overnight. The High Court of Justice ruled in detail and at length on the methods used in Shin Bet interrogation rooms, and completely outlawed torture. The ruling was handed down five years after the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel filed the first petition on the matter, and only after several deaths occurred in the wake of Shin Bet questioning – that of Abdel Samad Harizat being the most well-known. Supreme Court President Aharon Barak wrote in the ruling that a “reasonable” interrogation does not include torture.
So if the change of September 1999 was such a dazzling success, why are we still talking about torture in Israel? Why didn’t the Public Committee Against Torture close up shop as soon as the hearing’s impact became apparent? Read about it in Haaretz Op Ed by Dr. Rachel Stroumsa the executive director of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel.
Also, Watch Adv. Lea Tsemel describes her thoughts after the historic ruling: