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Israeli Soldiers Force Palestinian to Drink Urine

Published: Mon 20 Sep 2004 01:34 PM
Sadism on Checkpoints: Israeli Soldiers Force a Palestinian to Drink Urine!
GAZA - An Israeli newspaper revealed one more example of the sadistic treatment, Israeli soldiers extend to the Palestinian civilians, crossing the different checkpoints in the occupied Palestinian territories, after reporting a story about a Palestinian worker who was forced to drink the soldiers' own urine.
The Israeli daily Ma'ariv newspaper reported the story of a Palestinian worker, Sameeh, who was forced by the Israeli soldiers, manning the Abu Dees checkpoint to choose between having his hands and legs broken or drinking the soldiers' urine!
Sameeh, 24 , who works as a painter, arrived last Saturday along with 20 other civilians to the Abu Dees checkpoint, where they were all arrested by the soldiers, manning the checkpoint, and then taken to an Israeli military post dubbed as the 'Hotel'.
The Palestinian civilian told Ma'ariv about the cruel abuse they received by the soldiers, who drew a lot on the civilians' ID cards, choosing two cards, including his, and then released the others.
Sameeh and the other civilian were detained by the soldiers and were forced – in what Israeli soldiers call 'entertainment' – to choose one from three paper notes inside a box. The paper notes carry different punishment ways for the civilians, including breaking hands, legs and drinking from bottles filled with the soldiers' urine.
He told the newspaper that when he refused to take part in this 'entertainment', the soldiers attacked him and sprayed his face with one of the urine bottles. "After that I couldn't bear any longer, so I pushed the soldier away, then all six of them jumped me and pointed their M- 16 assault rifles at me, ordering me to drink the urine or be shot dead."
Sameeh added that he was forced to drink the urine until he fell unconscious. He was found by other civilians near the checkpoint, and was transferred to the Abu Dees clinic, where his stomach was emptied of the urine, and he was then moved to Beit Jala Hospital, where he remained there until Monday.
His medical records pointed out that he arrived at the clinic in a hysterical situation, due to the cruelty of the torture he went through. "I remember that at a time while I was being forced to drink the urine, I told the soldier to shoot me because I didn't care anymore."
He pointed out that he didn't know what other kinds of torture the other worker went through, saying he fears the soldiers' revenge if he filed a complaint against them for their abuse.
Israeli soldiers, manning the sporadic checkpoints throughout the occupied Palestinian territories often force Palestinians to go through such 'entertainment', as a civilian in Hebron suffered multiple fractures in his limbs when he was forced to go through the same choices Sameeh had to choose from.

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