“These cases, in which Palestinian detainees are beaten by soldiers and police officers, happen occasionally. To my great regret, they occur once in a while, and often there is no complaint and they are shrouded in silence in one way or another. Sometimes we learn about them years after the fact, and usually only through anonymous statements from ‘Breaking the Silence’ and others, through the media, or by other means.” From the testimony of Brig. Gen. Yossi Bekhar, former commander of the Paratroopers Brigade, testifying at the trial of one of his soldiers being prosecuted for abusing a shackled Palestinian detainee, 11 April 2006.
his report concerns the harm inflicted upon shackled Palestinian detainees by IDF soldiers. Its goals are: to describe the phenomenon – its scope, frequency and moral, legal and practical gravity – and grant it publicity; to evaluate the handling of the phenomenon by the military apparatus and those overseeing it; to clarify the absolute prohibition of the practice in both Israeli and international law and to demand its elimination by providing effective information and tools to the relevant bodies.
The report is based on testimonies given by Palestinians arrested by IDF soldiers and by soldiers who took part in arrests during their military service, on information provided by the IDF, information published in the media, and statements on the topic from military and civilian officials. At the report’s foundation are 90 testimonies recounting the arrest of Palestinian detainees between June 2006 and October 2007 which describe various forms of harm inflicted upon the detainees.