"Only democracy" tortures political prisoner backing BDS

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"Only democracy" tortures political prisoner backing BDS

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A leading human rights activist from Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority was charged yesterday with the most serious security offences on Israel’s statute book, including espionage ...

his lawyers said Mr Makhoul had been tortured during his detention, including being told by interrogators that they would leave him “disabled” ... Israel’s Palestinian minority, nearly a fifth of the population, who suspect he is being persecuted for his leading role in promoting internationally the boycott movement against Israel and his prominent opposition to Israel’s attack on Gaza nearly 18 months ago. He has been backed by human rights groups abroad, including Amnesty International, which declared him a prisoner of conscience and accused Israel of “pure harassment” ...

Mr Makhoul’s wife, Janan, who saw her husband in court for the first time since he had been arrested, said he was in constant pain and had impaired vision. She added: “He is very exhausted and he told me about the torture he underwent in his interrogation. Thirty-six hours without sleep tied to a chair stuck to the floor.”

http://uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com/2010/05/jonathan-cook-israeli-h...