Anne McLellan   Letter 23   29-Mar-2000   Breaking Palestinian hands
"If troops break his hand, he won't be able to throw stones for a month and a half." Israeli official

March 29, 2000

The Honourable Anne McLellan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Room 360, Justice Building
239 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H8

E-mail: [email protected]

Anne McLellan:

I notice in the Weekend Post of 25Mar2000, p. 10, more evidence of pervasive war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Israelis:

From an Israeli official: "A [Palestinian] detainee sent to Fara'a Prison will be freed in 18 days unless the authorities have enough evidence to charge him.  He may then resume stoning soldiers.  But if troops break his hand, he won't be able to throw stones for a month and a half."

Conroy describes in disturbing detail the psychological torture inflicted on a Palestinian "suspect" by Israeli soldiers: A patrolling platoon came across a middle-aged Palestinian working in his orchard in Gaza.  After establishing that the man was not involved in anything suspicious, one of the soldiers told him that he had been found guilty of terrorist activities, and then proceeded to stage a mock execution.  "The soldier tied him to the tree and blindfolded him with a handkerchief....  The man's sobs racked his body....  He begged for his soul and his family, and screamed that he was innocent."  Undeterred, the soldiers aimed their guns at him, counted one, two, three in Arabic, and pulled the trigger.  But the chambers were empty.  "We all burst out laughing," one of the soldiers recalls.
Book review by Nega Mezlekia in the Weekend Post Books, 25Mar2000, p. 10, of John Conroy, Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture, Alfred A. Knopf.

Such accounts of Isreali brutality come at Canadians in a continuous stream, and lead some to wonder why it is that your war crimes unit has never prosecuted any Israeli immigrant to Canada for provable and recent war crimes instead of dedicating the bulk of its energies to prosecuting non-Jewish East Europeans for conjectured immigration infractions that might have taken place more than half a century ago.

Lubomyr Prytulak