“…UK-funded Torturers on West Bank”

The full headline is: British police and intelligence officers sent to tackle UK-funded torturers on West Bank. There’s no surprise here, of course:

The Government is sending British police and intelligence officers to the West Bank to try to stop a wave of brutal torture by Palestinian security forces funded by UK taxpayers. …
Yesterday a senior official from the semi-autonomous Palestinian Authority (PA), which runs the West Bank and its security agencies, admitted for the first time that torture, beatings and extra-judicial killings have been rife for the past two years, with hundreds of torture allegations and at least four murders in custody, the most recent in August.

But wait! The PA are supposed to be the good guys, right? Israel’s putative peace partner.

In the region’s largest city, Nablus, Nasser al-Shaer, a former Manchester academic who was deputy prime minister in the short-lived Hamas Palestinian Authority government elected in 2006, said many of those released from detention in recent months were telling the same story – of torture, including beatings, being suspended from the ceiling and electric shocks.

Maybe the U.N.’s Human Rights Commission would want to look into this.
Just kidding, of course.


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