Shocked by Donald Trump's 'travel ban'? Israel has had a similar policy for decades
Date Written: 30/01/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20399
Describing how President Trump's stances and policies on immigration, borders and torture draws heavily from existing policies and tactics of the Israeli state.
One other leader, however, has gone even further than the British PM in seeking to praise Trump, both before and since his inauguration and that's Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu. There are a few reasons for this, including the tacit approval a Trump administration is expected to give to the settlement expansion bonanza already underway.
Then there's torture. Trump's unabashed endorsement of torture has horrified politicians, human rights activists and former prisoners alike. In Israel, however, the torture of prisoners is routine - and rubber-stamped by not just the state, but also by Israels Supreme Court.
Just last week, Israeli interrogators confirmed in Haaretz some of the methods used on detainees - including physical and psychological abuse. The revelations came as no surprise to Palestinians, nor those Israelis who have documented practices such as sexual torture.