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Author: Daniel J.N. Weishut

Title: Sexual torture of Palestinian men by Israeli authorities

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Journal: Reproductive Health Matters

Volume: 23

Issue: 46

Year: November 2015 (Published online: December 15, 2015)

Pages: 71-84

ISSN: 0968-8080 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1460-9576 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | Asian History: Israeli History, Palestinian History | Types: Sexual Torture, Wartime Rape / Israelian-Palestinian Conflict; Victims: Men


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Author: Daniel Weishut, School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan

Abstract: »In the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, arrests and imprisonment of Palestinian men in their early adulthood are common practice. The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) collected thousands of testimonies of Palestinian men allegedly tortured or ill-treated by Israeli authorities. There are many types of torture, sexual torture being one of them. This study is based on the PCATI database during 2005-2012, which contains 60 cases – 4% of all files in this period – with testimonies of alleged sexual torture or ill-treatment. It is a first in the investigation of torture and ill-treatment of a sexual nature, allegedly carried out by Israeli security authorities on Palestinian men. Findings show that sexual ill-treatment is systemic, with 36 reports of verbal sexual harassment, either directed toward Palestinian men and boys or toward family members, and 35 reports of forced nudity. Moreover, there are six testimonies of Israeli officials involved in physical sexual assault of arrested or imprisoned Palestinian men. Physical assault in most cases concerned pressing and/or kicking the genitals, while one testimony pertained to simulated rape, and another described an actual rape by means of a blunt object. The article provides illustrations of the various types of sexual torture and ill-treatment of boys and men in the light of existing literature, and recommendations.« (Source: Reproductive Health Matters)


  Introduction (p. 71)
    Sexual torture and ill-treatment of men (p. 72)
  Method (p. 73)
  Findings (p. 74)
    Verbal sexual harassment (p. 75)
    Forced nudity (p. 76)
    Physical sexual assault (p. 77)
  Discussion (p. 78)
  Conclusion & Recommendations (p. 80)
    Taking responsibility (p. 81)
    Raising awareness (p. 81)
    Training of legal and health professionals (p. 81)
    Acknowledgements (p. 81)
    Documentation (p. 81)
  References (p. 81)
  Résumé (p. 83)
  Resumen (p. 83)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Israel, History of Palestina | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: Israeli-Palestinian conflict