The government of Israel totally denies allegations that inmates of Israeli prisons are systematically mistreated or tortured. These allegations, even though they have been published from time to time, are baseless, and have been refuted over and over again.

Suspects arrested by Israeli authorities, accused of actual terrorist activities, including murder, assault and bombings, are dealt with due process of law and the International Red Cross is granted access to them within 14 days of their arrest.

The President of the ICRC, Alexander Hay, in a statement issued on Feb. 1, 1978, expressed his "satisfaction" that the ICRC has the right "of visiting people residing in the Arab occupied territories imprisoned for one reason or another after fourteen (14) days of their arrest and even after a week in some cases... These people are under interrogation and it is exceptional for Red Cross delegates to be granted access to detainees during this period... We have requested and received permission for these interviews to be held without witnesses."

It should be emphasized that the International Red Cross Committee has not only the right to talk to prisoners during their interrogation without witnesses but that the ICRC delegates are permitted to be accompanied by a physician member of the ICRC team, who may physically examine the prisoners.

Israel respects human rights, does not engage in torture and cannot but therefore come to the conclusion that the dissemination of such allegations to the media stem from anti-Israeli political motivations.