Torture in Israel

The Istanbul Protocol in Israel: Summary of a Joint Seminar Day

This publication details the highlights of a symposium organized by PCATI and the Israeli Medical Association in February 2014. The publication explains the protocol, its implementation in legal settings and hospitals in Israel and abroad, and how it aids in the identification, documentation and provision of legal assistance to torture victims. Download the publication.

By the Rules – Executive Summary

This Executive Summary of By the Rules: Comparative Study on the Legal Framework of Torture in Turkey and Israel aims to present an analysis of the practice of torture and other forms of ill treatment in Turkey and in Israel. Analysis of both the similarities and differences between the two countries facilitated our understanding of

Medico-Legal Documentation

Few and rare are the cases where torture victims and survivors have access to external evidence to support their claims. Medico-legal documentation aims to right this wrong, providing advocates and healthcare professionals an ethical basis and professional knowledge to document the torture or abuse claimed by complainants. PCATI is the only organization in Israel with


PCATI’s advocacy department raises awareness and promotes discussion of matters concerning to torture and state violence, in Israel and abroad. In Israel, we collaborate with Knesset Members, government officials and state ministries to promote legislation and support for bills that might reduce and prevent the use of torture, battling any motions that might increase the

Briefing to the Committee Against Torture For the Committee’s Review of the Fifth Periodic Report on Israel

This briefing to UNCAT, from March 2016, consists of five sections: Criminalization of torture in national law; safeguards; investigation of complaints; training and the use of the Istanbul Protocol; and reparations. The documentation presented in this report derives primarily from PCATI’s monitoring activities, including frequent visits to detention centres and prison, and regular monitoring and

How do you say Istanbul Protocol in Hebrew?

 On 26 of November 2018, Israel’s High Court of Justice decided that Mr Firas Tbeish had not been tortured. This concluded a six-year legal battle undertaken by Mr Tbeish and PCATI. This case review, published in Torture Journal in 2019, presents some of the complexities which on-the-ground anti-torture work in Israel entails. Specifically, it touches

Torture in Israel – Situation Report 2018

June 26th marks the International Day in Support of Torture Victims. To commemorate the event, PCATI issued a situation report, reflecting difficulties, obstacles and failings in the system, as well as testimonies of victims of tortures by Israeli security forces, namely the Shin Bet. The report paints a dismal picture of reality, at the same

The State of Torture in Israel 2019

On June 26, the world marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Our annual situation report exposes the reality in Israel, where torture is illegal yet continues to take place regularly. Download our 2019 situation report.

The State of Torture in Israel 2020

On June 26, the world marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Some think of torture as a bygone phenomenon, or at least one which no longer exists in countries that consider themselves advanced; but the reality, unfortunately, is very different. In Israel alone, 2020 saw a sharp increase in the number