Two Hamas leaders recently released from detention in the West Bank say the Israelis mistreated them while in custody. Israel says they got the same treatment as other prisoners. Also, the allegations — being forced to sit for long stretches in backless chairs and living in squalid conditions — don’t appear to rise to near Abu Ghraib or Gitmo levels.


Hamas officials who were detained in the West Bank during an Israeli clampdown in June have accused Israel of maltreating them in custody.

Wasfi Kabha and Hasan Khurayshah, who were released this week, both spoke of abuse at the hands of interrogators and poor living conditions in detention.

Israeli prison officials said Mr Kabha had been treated like other prisoners.

Israel still holds several ministers from the Hamas-led Palestinian government and members of parliament.



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