[12 October 2020] – Following multiple complaints concerning the painful use of plastic hand ties on Palestinians in the West Bank, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) filed a petition in the Supreme Court in 2009. Prior to judgment in 2010, lawyers for the State informed the Supreme Court that new regulations relating to the use of hand ties had been introduced to prevent pain and injury making the petition redundant. In general terms, these regulations stipulate that:
- Hands should be tied in front unless security considerations require tying from behind;
- Three plastic ties should be used, one around each wrist with one connecting the two;
- There should be a finger space between the ties and each wrist;
- The ties should avoid causing suffering and much as possible; and
- The officer in charge is responsible for ensuring compliance with these regulations.
- In May 2013, the military’s legal advisor for the West Bank issued a letter to the heads of all Brigades, Divisions, Police and Military Police operating in the West Bank reminding all units of existing standard operating procedures and policies in relation to the arrest of children. Existing standard operating procedures stipulate that: hand-tying should be done at the discretion of the head of forces and always with three plastic ties.
- The Military Prosecutor clarified that the standard operating procedures address the subject of restraint and blindfolding, and stipulate that these practices can only be adopted if specific security requirements require. The Military Prosecutor further explained that, upon arrest, children may be restrained with three plastic hand-ties only, according to operational guidelines.
- The use of a single plastic restraint is prohibited. If only one plastic restraint is used, the military prosecutor must be informed. Military units are also instructed to conduct arrests without restraint and blindfold, unless there is a security or operational requirement; and
- The Israeli police stated that it does not use instruments of restraint during interrogation, unless there is a risk of violence emanating from the specific suspect.