Saturday 16 December 2017

Learning about the 1973 Yom Kippur War: Israeli soldiers were tortured by the Syrians

In the official statement in the Knesset on the treatment of Israeli prisoners of war in Syria by Defence Minister Peres and the Knesset Resolution, 12 June 1974:

The Chief Medical Officer of the Israel Defence Forces has transmitted to us his preliminary report which states:

“The over-all picture obtained is that the vast majority of prisoners were exposed during their imprisonment to severe physical and mental torture. The usual methods of torture were beatings aimed at various parts of the body, electric shocks, wounds deliberately inflicted on the ears, burns on the legs, suspension in painful positions and other methods.”

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As a result of these tortures, a number of the returning soldiers suffer from injuries in various parts of their bodies, including marks of beating on the soles, the teeth, the head and the ears.

For a personal account of an Israeli POW in Syria read the book Sane in Damascus.

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