83% of children reported being insulted and threatened during the arrest and interrogation, including personal insults and insults directed at their mothers, sisters and even the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). – According to Sahar Baiduni’s research.
The practice of intentional humiliation and verbal abuse of children during the investigation is classified, in psychological terms as “verbal violence.” It is also considered a form of torture, and often continues until the child starts telling the occupation’s interrogators the information they want, whether about cells or activities carried out by the child or even accusations against other children, which damages the network of social relations that characterizes the Palestinian community.
Being humiliated and exposed to insults might have psychological effects on the child that include:
1. Destroying the child’s beautiful and innocent image of the world
2. Early exposure to violence and helplessness
3. Torture during interrogation may lead the child to lose trust and faith in human goodness and in the world being safe
4. The experience of being helpless when exposed to cursing and insult, in addition to the suddenness of the arrest, may maks the child believe that such an event could reoccur at any time and there is nothing he can do to protect himself
5. When a human is exposed to insults, he becomes hypersensitive at all times to negativity and may even adopt negativity himself in order to enhance his pessimistic view of the world and events in it. Unfortunately, this behavior could worsen over years.
6. A child who was exposed to insults and verbal violence may stay away from joyful events, which could leads to his losing important sources of support that may be able to provide him with energy and enhance his positive behavior in other fields.
7. A detained child may feel psychological pressure when exposed to insults and even guilt for the situation he got himself and his family in
8. Like other types of violence, verbal violence may lead to social adjustment problems and family violence for those detained children who were exposed to the plight of prison and detention and then released. Those children have difficulties accepting their role in a family and may initiate problems with their siblings and family members in a way that reflects poor psychological and social adjustment. This is often a direct result of the harsh experience under arrest: a ruined social and psychological life.
Ayman Nahas (The artist in the photo):
Remember when you were young, and you would play in the afternoon in the neighborhood. In the middle of a game, someone would curse at you– you would be furious, right!?
Now, imagine that it is not play-time, and there is no game.
And it is not fun…
And instead of in the neighborhood, you are in a closed room…
And it is dark…
And it is cold…
And there is someone cursing at you…
Cursing your family…
Cursing your beliefs…
And you are afraid…
And you are helpless to do anything…
Welcome to Room No. 4.
The law of individual freedom and dignity applied in Israel prohibits any violations of human freedom and dignity; the right to freedom and dignity is considered a constitutional right. This right should not be abused or denied except under the framework of a clear law that fits with the principles of the state and without exceeding the required threshold.
The law also mandates the acceptance of confessions of the accused only if he/she willingly confessed, and in all cases prevents the use of interrogation methods that could lead to the abuse of the accused’s freedom.
The interrogators in “Room Number 4” are experts in using interrogation methods that irritate and offend the sensitivity of the accused, especially verbal abuse of the accused’s his family such as his mother and sisters and of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), often causing the accused to curse at the interrogators in response.
In many cases, such methods, which do not leave any visible marks, are used in order to provoke and insult the defendants, which may force them to admit to the accusations leveled against them in order to put an end to the insults.
Without doubt, such methods can be considered illegal means of violence and could undermine any legal basis for the confessions resulting from the interrogation.
Due to the peculiarities of these methods and because they are not visible, unlike in cases of physical torture, they do not receive appropriate legal follow-up.