Western money funds Palestinian torture

Sunday, June 29, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

As Western human rights groups squawk and squeal about interrogation methods used by American and British security forces in the global war on terror, they have no problem, and in fact often push for, handing over hundreds of millions in taxpayers' dollars to a Palestinian Authority that regularly uses the most inhumane torture methods against prisoners.

In fact, at last week's Palestinian Authority donors conference in Berlin, the British government pledged 20 million pounds specifically to bolster Palestinian Authority security forces and the judicial system. The United States has engaged in a similar campaign to train, equip and finance the forces of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The Sunday Times reported that Human Rights Watch next month will publish a report providing evidence that Palestinian security forces as a matter of policy routinely torture detainees. The Times interviewed a number of the victims and corroborated the evidence.

Meanwhile, mere squeaks of dissent are being heard, and will certainly not be followed up by any demands that funding to the Palestinian Authority be cut.

At the same time, human rights groups are on the prowl for each and every alleged incident, real or not, of an Israeli abusing Palestinian prisoners, detainees or even those made to wait for security checks.

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