This report deals with one of the layers of impunity which defend ISA personnel from the authority of the law: the approach of the State Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General. This layer functions to ensure that complaints of the torture and ill-treatment taking place in interrogation rooms do not result in criminal investigations, indictments or judicial hearings. In charge of this system are the State Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General.
Their treatment of these complaints enables the ongoing use of torture, its perpetrators unconditionally protected under systematic legal shelter.
At the time of the report’s publication, over 600 complaints had been filed with the Israeli legal authorities by torture victims since 2001. Today the number stands at 950 (!). Not a single criminal investigation has been launched. This statistic is the clearest indication of “a priori authorization” for ISA interrogators’ actions inside shadowy interrogation rooms. The entire report is informed by this statistic, as it details, expands upon and explains how it is that no answer – legal or otherwise – has been given to torture victims; how in spite of the State’s declarations to the contrary, torture and ill-treatment remain an institutionalized interrogation tactic in Israel enjoying the full backing of the legal system.