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Many Long Hours

by Abby Zimet

The chilling report that 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat - accused of the crime of throwing stones - died during "extreme torture" after being "beaten up and hanged for many long hours" by Israeli interrogators has sparked Palestinian fury, with over 10,000 attending his funeral, 4,500 other prisoners on hunger strike, and many protests. Tragically, Jaradat's death is part of a too-old, too-common story. Since the start of the Occupation, Israel has detained at least 40% of Palestinian men. Most have been held without charge or fair trial, for vague reasons of "security," under brutal and abusive conditions. A look at yet another illegal Israeli arrest, of Stop the Wall activist Hassan Karajah, as a reminder that this is still going on, and we are still helping pay for it to the tune of $3 billion a year. Time to stop.

"The term 'torture' means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession."

Jaradat's father after identifying his son's body.

A young boy protests

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