LONDON (Aug. 26)
Officials of Amnesty International, a private organization working on behalf of political prisoners, have been permitted to inspect Israeli prisons where Arabs are incarcerated and have drafted a largely favorable report on the treatment of the inmates, it was reported here. The report has been submitted to Israeli officials. United Nations Secretary-General U Thant was apprised of its contents which will be disclosed at a meeting of the organization’s council in Geneva Sept. 13. Israel has sent its comments on the report. Martin Ennals, secretary-general of Amnesty International, said in his report that “we are satisfied that in the Israeli prisons under the prison administration, there is a serious overcrowding in some cases but there is no evidence of ill treatment.” He stressed, however, that a distinction must be made between prison conditions and the interrogation that preceded imprisonment.