Institutionalizing torture in Israel: The Firas Tbeish decision. A commentary by John W. Schiemann, PhD
Keywords:Istanbul protocol, Israel, High Court of Justice, Firas Tbeish
In her discussion of the court’s dismissal of the IP, she says there “is a legal system that discredits the IP’s potential while digging deeper into its own conception of torture.'' Shir has helped show that this is true more broadly of torture, beyond the IP. Indeed, I suspect the court may not view the IP as a “strange creature” causing “suspicion of the unfamiliar.” Instead, it may be by now a very familiar creature that threatens torture’s impunity in Israel, and what Shir shows is that the court has developed a systematic strategy to counter it. Torture is possible in Israel because the government and courts are complicit in deliberately creating a legal and institutional black hole where boundaries are ill-defined and obscure, and no light can shine.
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