A Palestinian man who was detained by the Palestinian Authority security forces
in Hebron has lost the ability to speak as a result of severe torture, according
to a report released by the Independent Commission for Human
Mohamed Abdel Karim Dar of Hebron was hospitalized after being
tortured while in detention, the report, which documented 28 cases of torture in
PA prisons in the West Bank last month, said.
Dar had been detained by
agents belonging to the PA’s Preventive Security Service and held in solitary
confinement, the document said.
“He lost the ability to speak and
suffered from wounds to his body as a result of banging his head against the
wall and tying his hands while being held in solitary condiment,” the report
A representative of the Independent Commission for Human Rights
who visited the detainee in the hospital discovered that he had lost the ability
The human rights organization said that it had filed a
complaint with the PA interior minister asking that an investigation be opened and
those responsible be held accountable.
The organization did not say why
the PA security forces had detained Dar.
It said that it had received
complaints of torture and mistreatment against other branches of the PA security
forces in the West Bank – 13 against the police, seven against the Preventive
Security Service, seven against the General Intelligence Service and one against
The organization said it had received another 23
complaints of torture and mistreatment at the hands of the Hamas police force in
the Gaza Strip.
In addition, the commission reported that the PA security
forces in the West Bank were continuing to arrest Palestinian
On April 20, the General Intelligence Service detained
journalist Tarek Abu Safirah while he was in the hospital awaiting surgery. He
was questioned about his writings for the Quds news website and released after a
One week later, the Preventive Security Service arrested for
two days journalist Khaldoun Mazloum while he was visiting relatives in
Ramallah. He, too, was questioned about his work as a journalist.