IPS does not deal seriously with health problems of prisoners

Health problems

The Palestinian Commission for Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs has accused the Israeli prisoner service (IPS) of pursuing a medical neglect policy against the Palestinian prisoners in its jails and not dealing seriously with their health problems.

In a statement on Tuesday, the commission said that a number of prisoners with health problems suffer from harsh health and incarceration conditions as a result of this systematic Israeli policy.

It affirmed that three prisoners with difficult medical cases are in Nafha jail, including an elderly prisoner complaining of several health problems.

The commission also said that the Israeli early release committee in Eshel and Nafha jails shelved requests to consider the early release of two sick prisoners.

Lawyer Yousef Nasasreh, from the commission, said the early release committee, which held a session in Eshel jail on Tuesday, decided not to look into the early release request filed for sick prisoner Raja’ie Abdul-Qader until Israeli doctors provided them with a medical report on his case.

They set July 10 as a date to look into the file of prisoner Abdul-Qader, the lawyer pointed out.

Prisoner Abdul-Qader, from Deir Ammar village in Ramallah, has liver and lung cancers.

Another early release request filed for sick prisoner Sa’ied Musallam was also postponed until August 13, according to the commission.

The early release committee justified its decision this time by claiming that there was a need for a report from the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency, about Musallam.

(Source / 04.07.2018)

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