Israel transferred NIS 2.4 million ($520,000) from the Ministry of Defense to 28 Palestinians who claimed they were tortured by interrogators. The Palestinians said they were shook, tied in painful positions, forced to crouch for long periods of time, had a sack placed over the head and deprived of sleep. These methods, once accepted forms of torture, have since been banned by the High Court of Justice. The torture weapons caused severe physical and psychological damage. The Justice Ministry decided that the final compensation would save the expenses of going to trial.