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Official Calls for Guidelines on Violence

February 23, 1988|From the Washington Post

JERUSALEM — Israeli Atty. Gen. Yosef Harish, responding to widespread allegations of beatings of Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories, has urged Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin to issue strict written guidelines prohibiting soldiers from using physical force except when dispersing rioters or making arrests.

In a letter released Monday, Harish told Rabin he had received so many "complaints of cruel treatment" that he doubted Rabin's claim that such acts were "irregular deeds."

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