Israel's Use of Torture to Question Terrorism Suspects

TitleIsrael's Use of Torture to Question Terrorism Suspects
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published03/1998
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCriminal Justice , PROFESSIONAL ethics , Social Justice
AbstractThe United Nations Committee against torture recently condemned Israel's methods of questioning terrorism suspects, which often involve, among other things, forcefully shaking detainee, the use of painful restraints, and sleep deprivation. Defenders of Israel's methods counter that over the past four years more than 200 Israelis have been killed by terrorists. They also contend that in the last two years, Israel's secret service, the Shin Bet, has prevented ninety planned terrorist attacks, often through the use of what the Shin Bet terms, "moderate physical pressure" in questioning suspects. Furthermore, the defenders of Israel's methods note that Israel lives in what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls, "a very tough neighborhood," in which its adversaries often go much further than Israel in applying force to detainee. Is the use of physical force when questioning individuals suspected of terrorist activity justified under the kinds of conditions that currently exist in Israel? If so, why? If not, why not?
NotesCase from the February 26, 1998 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright Robert Ladenson, Center for the Study of Ethics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1998.
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