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This chapter focuses on torture as one of the most widespread forms of a crime against humanity. The chapter delves into the history of the use of torture as well as the laws regulating the right not to be tortured. It discusses the social context of torture and focuses on what torture is and examples of specific forms of torture and their effects. It discusses the six main functions of torture, as well as questions as to when and by whom torture is used. The chapter also examines how torture can become an institutionalized practice. Finally, it also focuses on the Shin Beth affair in Israel and the War on Terror launched by the United States.

Keywords: Israel; torture; United States



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