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Mothers of Duma detainees appeal to security chiefs’ wives

Mothers of Jewish detainees arrested in connection with the fatal Duma firebombing attack have written an appeal to the wives of police chief Roni Alsheich and Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen.

“In the past few weeks, our dear sons, some of them minors, have been tortured mercilessly by the Shin Bet,” they write, according to the Kipa website. “For a long time they were prevented from meeting their attorneys. The interrogation methods, the violence, and the torture that our children have described in the court and to their attorneys, keeps us awake at night. Three teenagers have not yet met with their attorneys, and it’s difficult to say what they are feeling at this time.”

“It’s not clear to us if we will get back the same children that were taken away from us by the police and Shin Bet, or whether the cruel actions against them will damage their bodies and souls forever.”

The Shin Bet security agency has denied the Jewish suspects held over the July 31 attack, in which three members of the Dawabshe family were killed, have been tortured. They did acknowledge, however, that the suspects were being treated as “ticking bombs,” which allows them to “manhandle” the detainees to prevent future attacks.

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