Revelations of Israeli Prisoner Abuse Unveiled Through Liberation of Palestinian Teen

How a Palestinian teen’s release exposed Israeli mistreatment of prisoners

Israeli authorities expressed dissatisfaction following the release of Mohammed Nazal, an 18-year-old Palestinian, who recounted his distressing experience in Israeli prisons after being freed as part of a truce agreement with Hamas last week. Hailing from the town of Qabatiya in the occupied West Bank, Nazal disclosed to Arab and Western media that he endured physical abuse and was denied medical assistance during his imprisonment. Israeli officials promptly rejected his claims, attempting to discredit him as untruthful.

However, a fact-checking agency has since verified Nazal’s testimonies and medical records, offering additional proof of the harsh mistreatment suffered by Palestinians in Israeli prisons, particularly escalating since the commencement of the Israel-Hamas conflict on October 7. Arrested without charges in August, Nazal was one of over 100 Palestinians, many detained arbitrarily, released during the weeklong truce that concluded on Friday.

Post-release, Nazal provided interviews to various news outlets, including Al Jazeera, recounting the intensification of violence by prison guards amid the ongoing war. Describing an Israeli guard’s eight-minute beating with a stick, Nazal shared the severe injuries to his hands, which were later corroborated by viral images. Both hands sustained fractures, with multiple fingers broken, potentially requiring surgeries for his recovery.

Nazal disclosed enduring a week of pain on the prison floor after the beatings, receiving no medical assistance until his release was secured through a hostage exchange. His case sheds light on the escalating mistreatment of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, prompting renewed concerns about human rights violations in the region.


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