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Court Bars Force in Interrogation

Israel’s High Court of Justice has temporarily barred agents with the country’s domestic security service from using physical force when interrogating a Palestinian suspect.

The temporary injunction was issued by the court in response to a petition submitted by Abed Al-Balbisi, a resident of the Gaza Strip who is a suspected activist with the fundamentalist Islamic Jihad movement.

The court ordered the state representative to explain within seven days why using physical force against Al-Balbisi was necessary.

The Israeli government previously gave the security service special permission to use moderate physical force when interrogating suspected Islamit militants.

The interrogation methods were justified as a necessary part of Israel’s ongoing battle against terrorists.