In his novel, Curtains of Darkness, Walid al-Hodali describes methods of psychological torture in Israeli prisons.

Torturing souls can be even more cruel than torturing bodies. Israeli torture masters have invented many methods to torture prisoners, breaking their hearts and destroying their morale.

This is explained in a novel written by freed prisoner Walid al-Hodali after his experience of living 14 years in Israeli prisons, where he was arrested for a year in 1979 on charges of forming a guerrilla group to resist the occupation Was. Then in 1988, he was arrested again and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Israeli occupation forces also arrested his wife and daughter in 2006, and his wife remained in prison for 3 years. He wrote this novel in 2003 in Ashkelon and Hadrem prisons, and the prisoners were able to smuggle it abroad.

The novel opens up new areas to depict the prisoner's human emotions, and tells of the prisoner's perseverance in the interrogation rooms and his insistence on not revealing the secrets of resistance; It is no less important than the conviction on the battlefield, and it also provides realistic testimony that demonstrates the brutality, sadism and racist crimes of the interrogators.

Therefore, encouraging Palestinian prisoners to write their stories is an important means of resistance, building the nation's awareness of the nature of the enemy and ushering in a new phase in the struggle against physical and psychological torture. As a crime against humanity and civilization.

The birds' phenomenon inspired the prisoners to remain silent for long periods of time, at a time when people need friendship, companionship, and interaction with others. This phenomenon became a means of torturing prisoners, especially in the period before trials.

breaking the forbidden circle

The novel begins with the arrest of Amer, Ibrahim and Nabil after a heroic commando operation in which they fired on a car of Israeli soldiers. His car rolled into the valley.

In the interrogation room, which lasted 90 days, Israeli interrogators used several methods of psychological violence, the most important of which was exhaustion, until the prisoner reached a lack of concentration and psychological weakness. With the aim of breaking the forbidden circle that contains his secrets and emotions.

When the prisoner is at his weakest the tongue slips from the very first word; Then the rosary breaks, and for them the story is complete… This is what Amer, a prisoner with long experience in facing physical violence, finds out. He suffered all kinds of torture during his first period of detention, which lasted for five years. He trained the guerrillas how to counter the methods of Israeli interrogators. But that experience was not enough to confront new methods of psychological torture.

Circumstances also changed after Oslo after the Palestinian Authority coordinated security with the Israeli occupation forces and this authority provided Israel with a lot of information about the guerrillas, which helped Israeli interrogators deceive prisoners that They knew everything about him.

bird phenomenon

The use of bird phenomena has also increased due to the Israeli occupation. This began to create fear among the prisoners by placing spies inside the prisons who claimed to belong to the resistance, and who would reveal secrets to the investigators. This created distrust among the prisoners and increased their psychological suffering.

It is clear that this phenomenon was exported by Israel to dictatorial authorities in the Arab world. This was not limited to prisons only; Rather, it spread beyond it; This led to revelations of secrets of Islamic movements and fabricated cases, especially when courts relied on secret memos, did not disclose sources of information and used this information to give higher sentences to the accused.

The birds' phenomenon inspired the prisoners to remain silent for long periods of time, at a time when people need friendship, companionship, and interaction with others. This phenomenon became a means of torturing prisoners, especially in the period before trials.

Faith in the face of psychological torture

But Prisoner Amer provides us with the most important means of confronting psychological torture. Where he opened his heart to the world of “God is sufficient for us, and He is the best disposer of matters”, so he increased the pace of the challenge with his faith, and prepared himself for the battle with the investigators. The true feelings of faith grew in his breast, opening to him a vast world of sublime feelings, where the joys of the heart mingle with the preserving presence of God.

The interrogation of Amer continued for a long time, during which the interrogators deliberately exhausted his mind with questions, threats, and deprivation of sleep, so that he fell into extreme distress and distress, and there was a barrier between sleep and wakefulness.

His head felt heavy, the ground beneath him was shifting, and things were spinning, but he managed to take a short nap, after which he felt surprisingly comfortable. However, the investigators did not allow him to do so. They were waging a soft psychological war against him.

light shines in the heart

Amer faced his psychological warfare with a wonderful thought: I will fill my heart and soul with the remembrance of God. There is no God except God. There is no God except God in the heart. God is sufficient for us, and He is the best disposer of matters. And when Amer began to drink in the meaning of God's remembrance, light began to shine in his heart, dispelling the multitude of his words. Al-Hafa.. Amer felt that God was close to him with his protection, mercy, and kindness. God does not abandon His saints, He remembers them just as He remembers them. It gives them reassurance which touches their hearts.

Amer's heart was filled with the sweetness of the impending victory over these criminals, who are creative with all their deceptions and frauds. Amer's experience in facing psychological torture was inspiring for all free people, because he provides them a solution and stimulates their imagination. He tells them: Man needs to turn to God…Be with God and you will see God with you. Amer continued to mention God with his tongue and heart.

Amer remembered our master Bilal, and the infidels torturing him in the Batha of Mecca, and he was repeating: “One of the other.” So he began to see in his internal and external surroundings nothing but His kindness, grace and protection on Sundays, and he saw the other side of this crisis, the side of the Lord's kindness, which never ceases to be appreciated. …the gift that comes with adversity…the gift of these bursts of faith that are beginning to touch his heart, and fill the edges of his conscience. ,

The investigators were unable to explain the words “Ahud, Ahud”, which Amer constantly repeated, making him more determined, so he did not answer their questions. As for himself, he began to feel like a soul without a body. Now he knows the meaning of faith. He tastes it with all his senses, feels its aroma and is happy with its assurance.

Amer woke up from his admiration which had carried him too far, and the investigators surrounded him like a poisonous snake surrounds its prey. They began to attack them from all sides like a pack of wolves attacking a meek lamb with their fangs. They fled their false masks, and their tongues began to protrude from their disgusting depths.

Struggle of faith and resolutions

Amer says: The weapons or swords of the prisoner in this battle are a strong will rooted in the fertile soil of his faith, and a bright experience which burns in his mind, and keeps on the lookout for all their cunning tricks.. Therefore, Amer saw the faces of the interrogators who were shocked by his steadfastness, and on these faces hatred appeared, as if they were the leaders of Banu Qurayza, An-Nadir and the Qaynuqa, when they met for plotting against the Islamic call. Were staying.

Investigator Shlomo Amer explained that he is a man of thoughtfulness and faith… Therefore, our defeat will be crushing, when there will be many like him who struggle with this conviction, and all the temptations and promises that we present to them. Do not work with him; He knows the Jews, and knows that we will soon break our covenants before the ink is dry.

As for Amer, he has prepared for the coming period in which man's desires will be sustained through the remembrance of God, which sharpens faith. It is this remembrance that confirms the presence of God with all help, strength, guidance, guidance and holding fast to the strong rope of God. So be careful not to neglect sustained strength of will. Because conflict is a conflict of desires and a conflict of the mind.

What strengthens the will is the strong interaction with divine providence. If God is our goal, then remembrance is what stirs the heart into closeness, companionship and love with this goal. It is a constant connection between our limited power and the absolute power of God… between the meanings and emotions that make up the will struggling like a giant mountain. His will is done with full discretion, determination, faith and determination.

Return to violence and physical torture

The investigators found that psychological torture would not enable them to break the will of the loyal prisoner, so they transferred him to Ashkelon prison, where all methods of physical torture were used, leaving Amer very ill after constant beatings. Felt pain. Whenever the pain in his body increased, Amer would resort to God in a way. Even more serious, and repeating Bilal's immortal saying: “Ek hai ek hai.”

They threatened to kill him, and Amer said: Fools imagine that we take death as seriously as they do… How I look forward to meeting God, and He among the martyrs. Eagerly waiting to join.

After ninety days of psychological and physical torture, the interrogators felt despair, and the will of the faithful prisoner prevailed, so he was transferred to prison, so that his experience would continue to illuminate the path of perseverance in the face of brute force for free people . The prisoner's victory means that the resistance will prevail and Palestine will be free, and the prisoners will emerge to lead their people's struggle… This is true as exemplified by the novel by the imprisoned Palestinian writer Walid. Al-Hodali.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of Al Jazeera.

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