Four Israelis arrested in New York on September 11, 2001, a short while after the attacks on the World Trade Center, filed a multi-million-dollar suit in the United States on Monday against the American Department of Justice.
The four, Paul and Sylvian Kurcheil, Omer Marmari and Vyron Shmuel, claim that their arrests were illegal, and that they were held for months while they were interrogated and tortured.
In their suit, filed in New York District Court through their attorneys, Nitzana Dershen-Leitner and Robert Tulchin, they claim that "law officials, policemen and jailers arrested the four illegally, for a long and protracted period, and violated their human rights while they were detained at a holding center in 2001."
The four were employed by a New Jersey moving firm and the truck they were riding in was stopped near the George Washington bridge between New Jersey and New York when the Twin Towers were attacked.
The police officers arrested the four after they saw that they held foreign (Israeli) driving licenses. They were arrested as suspects in the terrorist attack and were transfered to the FBI for interrogation.
The four, who are now in Israel, claim that they were held in complete isolation, without being allowed to meet with their attorneys or their families, and were exposed to harsh interrogation methods, physical abuse, sleep deprivation and racist insults