Middle East Monitor / June 27, 2021
In a long corridor, Israeli intelligence operatives were standing and clapping sarcastically as jailers were taking handcuffed Mays Abu Ghosh to a military interrogation cell, reports Anadolu Agency.
“They were mocking me, saying I’d die in the interrogation,” Mays told Anadolu Agency.
Amid her menstrual cycle, Mays was tied to the chair by her hands and ankles and stretched her body into a banana shape for hours, making it impossible to sleep.
“I wasn’t able to walk, the jailers were holding me to the cell,” Mays added.
May’s hands were constantly bleeding due to the shackles. She refused to be subjected to another military interrogation session, so the intelligence officer grabbed Mays and slammed her against the wall.
Mays continued: “They didn’t provide me with any tampons or undergarments I needed in this delicate period for any woman in the world.”
33 days of torture
Gosh, 24, of the Qalandiya refugee camp, is a journalism and media student at Birzeit University who was arrested on Aug. 29, 2019, and then subjected to horrific torture in solitary confinement for 33 days at Maskobya Interrogation Center.
During her confinement at the notorious facility, she lost 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds).
“The officers were constantly trying to convince me that I had gone insane and was trying to kill myself, so they brought social workers, but they were actually other officers,” Mays recounted.
When those officers were in the cell with Mays, she showed them the wounds and bruises she suffered as a result of the abuse she had been subjected to and asked them: “Who wants to kill another person? I’m a student, and you’re detaining me.”
Mays frequently asked for painkillers to alleviate the pains in her head and muscles, but she was usually denied.
During the interrogation sessions, the officers deliberately forced Mays to hear the screams of detainees subjected to physical torture in military interrogation, while also threatening her that what would happen with her would be even more horrible.
“They threatened me that I’d be out here either dead or paralyzed, and they threatened to rape me too,” she said.