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Concerns over continued Israeli medical neglect against Palestinian detainees
Concerns over continued Israeli medical neglect against Palestinian detainees
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Ramallah, ALRAY - The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs on Sunday expressed its concern about the “surge of medical violations by the Israeli prison service against sick and wounded Palestinian detainees.”

In a press statement, the Commission stressed that the Israeli prison administration “deliberately” neglects the health conditions of Palestinian detainees and does not offer them medical assistance except for prescribing painkillers.

The Commission said that it documented a number of cases of critically-ill Palestinian detainees who have suffered from medical neglect in Israeli prisons, including detainee Jamal Omar, 49, who suffers from a cancerous tumor in the kidneys and liver, as he has stomach and intestinal, and nerve and dental problems but the Israeli prison service has not offered him health care and neglected his case.

Detainee Mazouz Bishart, a 45-year-old resident of Tammun village in Tubas, suffers from back pain and is unable to walk for more than five consecutive minutes as he suffered from a severe beating during his interrogation at the hands of Israeli occupation intelligence officers, the Commission noted.

Bishart, the Commission continued, who has long been suffering from constant headache and infections of the middle ear that often causes him to faint, is in a dire need for surgery and his condition should be examined by a specialized doctor.

However, the Israeli prison administration continues to stall transferring him to a hospital and only gives him painkillers.

Palestinian detainee Ibrahim Ghnimat, 42, who suffers from a blockage in the arteries and has weak heart, should undergo a heart surgery but the Israeli prison service has been stalling his request for surgery for over than a year.

Incarcerated in the “Ofer” prison, Husam Abu Hussein, a 30-year-old Palestinian detainee from Hebron, suffers from several health problems and is in a dire need for special health care.

According to Palestinian figures, over 4,500 Palestinians, including 40 women and 170 children, are currently languishing in Israeli detention jails.

At least 700 of the prisoners suffer from chronic illnesses and require regular medical care, 10 of them are suffering from different types of cancer.