“I started to yell that I want to see my mother. Then one of the soldiers took off his helmet and hit me on the head with it. I lost consciousness. I woke up later… One of the soldiers took out his sex organ and began to urinate on me.”
Operation “Cast Lead” took place between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009. This report focuses on those of its violations which didn’t receive wide attention: the manner in which Israel treated Palestinians from Gaza deprived of their liberty during the operation, whether apprehended or detained.
The report is the product of attorney meetings with seven Palestinians detainees arrested during Operation “Cast Lead” and transferred to Israeli territory for interrogation. The report presents and analyzes information gleaned from these meetings in light of the relevant legal background, for example the standards set by international humanitarian law as well as other reports and data published since the fighting ceased.
The testimonies paint a grave picture: serious human rights violations against detainees and callous disregard for the rule of law. The findings demand an independent and impartial criminal investigation to determine how detainee human rights were trampled and the rule of law scorned during the fighting and its aftermath. Such an investigation would meet the recommendations of the Goldstone Commission that an independent investigation of the fighting forces’ operations be conducted at the local level and, barring that, the international one.