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An Israeli Study: 96% of Palestinian Detainees Remain Handcuffed in Hospitals

Mohammed Makbal was handcuffed to a hospital bed after Israeli police broke his jaw with their rifles. (Photo Credit: Alex Levac)

Jerusalem24 – A study conducted by the Medical Association in Israel stated that more than 96% of detainees who were brought to hospitals in the last two years were handcuffed and feet bound and tied to their beds, even though they were not, from a health point of view, able to escape or perform any violent act.

According to the data provided by the study, and published by the “Arab 48” website, out of the 1,857 detainees who were treated in hospitals, 1,794 were shackled during their treatment, 98.5 percent of those brought by the prison authority, 97% of those brought by the police, and 83% of those brought by the police. The Israeli army brought them, they were handcuffed.

The researchers discovered that the percentage of minor detainees who were brought to hospitals in handcuffs was higher than that of adults, and in most cases, they were tied to the bed in a cross manner, where they were shackled with the right foot and the left hand or vice versa. In addition to handcuffs, the Israeli army brings detainees to hospitals for treatment, while they are blindfolded, and keeps them in this condition inside the hospital as well.

The study was conducted in 12 hospitals inside Israel and was based on the records of medical staff and hospital guards.

And the newspaper “Haaretz” reported in its issue issued today, Wednesday, that the study was signed by 20 doctors, most of whom work in 11 hospitals and four universities.

The study was based on the fact that Israeli law does not address the issue of handcuffing during medical treatment. According to the text of the law, “A detainee shall not be shackled in a public place unless a policeman believes that there is a reasonable fear that the detainee may escape, cause damage to a body or property, or damage evidence.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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