C3. Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), “‘Family Matters’: Using Family Members to Pressure Detainees under GSS Interrogation,” Jerusalem, 13 April 2008 (excerpts)

On 13 April, the Israeli human rights organization Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI) released an extensive report, excerpted below, detailing the Israeli Security Agency’s (Shin Bet) use of abuse and threats against detainees’ family members in order to extract confessions. PCATI’s report also reveals that despite the Israeli High Court ruling against the use of torture in 1999, both physical and psychological torture, assisted by physicians, continues. The report concludes with recommendations concerning both legislation and the supervision of the General Security Services (GSS) that will contribute to preventing the use of this deplorable method. One of six cases presented in the report is excerpted below. The full report is available online at www.stoptorture.org.il.