Report: 60 Palestinian prisoners died due to improper healthcare in Israel prisons

Armed Israeli police entered Ofer Prison on 21 January, 2019

Armed Israeli police entered Ofer Prison on 21 January, 2019

Some 219 Palestinian prisoners have died in Israeli detention since 1967, rights groups have said, noting that 60 died due to improper healthcare, 78 were intentionally murdered, 74 tortured to death and seven were shot to death, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

Based on interviews with directors of several rights groups fighting for the rights of Palestinian and Arab prisoners, Safa said that there are 750 male and female Palestinian prisoners who are in need to medical care currently being held in Israeli jails.

It said that the Palestinian prisoners are subjected to torture during investigations and this continues throughout their time in prison through intentional medical negligence.

Early this month, two Palestinian prisoners were pronounced dead while in Israeli jails. Both, Safa reported, died after suffering from several diseases. One of them, Fares Baroud, spent 28 years in prisons. Days before his death, he told his family he was denied urgent medical treatment.

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Director of the Prisoners’ Centre for Studies Raafat Hamdouna said that the Israeli policy of medical negligence is composed of four elements: intentional lack of proper medical examination, lack of proper medicines, lack of laboratory tests and postponing urgent surgeries.

He also said that the Israeli authorities prevent the Palestinian Ministry of Health from dispatching medicines to Palestinian prisoners.

Director of Defence of Freedoms and Civil Rights Centre, Helmi Al-Araj, added that there are 750 prisoners inside Israeli jails who are in need of treatment, including 170 suffering serious diseases – 16 cancer.

He also said that this number includes 87 male and female prisoners, who were wounded after 2015, some of them were shot with live ammunition after they were arrested.

According to the numbers given by the rights groups, there are more than 6,000 Palestinian prisoners in 22 Israeli jails, including 250 children, 49 women and girls. Some 26 are serving life terms .

(Source / 20.02.2019)

Israel pharmaceutical firms test medicines on Palestinian prisoners

Palestinian activists take part in a protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons [File photo]

Palestinian activists take part in a protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons

Israeli Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian revealed yesterday that the Israeli occupation authorities issues permits to large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian and Arab prisoners, reported.

The Hebrew University lecturer also revealed that the Israeli military firms are testing weapons on Palestinian children and carry out these tests in the Palestinian neighbourhoods of occupied Jerusalem.

Speaking in Columbia University in New York City, Shalhoub-Kevorkian said that she collected the data while carrying out a research project for the Hebrew University.

“Palestinian spaces are laboratories,” she said. “The invention of products and services of state-sponsored security corporations are fueled by long-term curfews and Palestinian oppression by the Israeli army.”

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In her talk, entitled “Disturbing Spaces – Violent Technologies in Palestinian Jerusalem”, the professor added: “They check for which bombs to use, gas bombs or stink bombs. Whether to put plastic sacks or cloth sacks. To beat us with their rifles or to kick us with boots.”

Last week, Israeli authorities refused to hand over the body of Fares Baroud, who passed away inside Israeli prisons after suffering from a number of diseases. His family fear that he could have been used for such tests and Israel is afraid this could be revealed through forensic investigations.

Lives of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails - Cartoon [Alarabya]

5,000 tests on prisoners

In July 1997, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported remarks for Dalia Itzik, chairman of a parliamentary committee, acknowledged that the Israeli Ministry of Health had given pharmaceutical firms permits to test their new drugs of inmates, noting that 5,000 tests had already been carried out.

Robrecht Vanderbeeken, the cultural secretary of Belgium’s ACOD trade union, warned in August 2018 the population of the Gaza Strip is being “starved to death, poisoned, and children are kidnapped and murdered for their organs.”

This follows previous warnings from Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour who said the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces “were returned with missing corneas and other organs, further confirming past reports about organ harvesting by the occupying power.”

READ: Second Palestinian prisoner dies in Israel jail in 3 days 

(Source / 20.02.2019)

Palestinian prisoner injured after special forces storm Negev jail

A Palestinian prisoner was slightly injured on Tuesday evening after Israeli Special Forces violently stormed sections in the Negev prison and assaulted detainees. 

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), prisoner Ibrahim al-Natsha, from Occupied Jerusalem, protested the forces’ suppression of prisoners in the jail by trying to burn himself. 

As a result, Natsha suffered some burns and received medical assistance. 

The PPS said that a state of tension was prevailed in the Negev jail after the Palestinian prisoners closed the sections of the prison in protest at their exposure to maltreatment at the hands of special forces and jailers.    

(Source / 20.02.2019)

IOF seizes tiles worth 100,000 shekels in Nablus

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Tuesday appropriated a large quantity of tiles from a Palestinian-owned site in al-Mass’awdiya area, northwest of Nablus city in the West Bank.

Manager of the site Khaled Tamim reported that Israeli soldiers and officials from the civil administration of the Israeli army stormed the area and confiscated 4,000 square meters of tiles worth 100,000 shekels at the pretext that the site was located in the Israeli-controlled Area C of the West Bank. 

Soldiers and military officials raided the site last Thursday and verbally ordered Tamimi to remove the tiles, but they returned on Sunday and gave Tamimi 24 hours to evacuate the site. However, Tamimi said he was only able to remove 2000 square meters out of the 6000 tiles there.

The tiles, which belong to a Palestinian citizens called Mohamed Salem from the Bizzariya village, were transferred to the illegal settlement of Beit El in the central West Bank.

(Source / 20.02.2019)

Dozens of Palestinians injured in the 24th of Gaza Maritime March

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Tuesday when the Israeli occupation forces attacked peaceful protesters on the coast north of Gaza.

The Ministry of Health said that 20 Palestinians were injured by Israeli gunfire and tear gas bombs.

Gaza coast protests have been a major part of the Great March of Return launched on 30 March 2018.

Member of the Higher National Committee of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege Khaled Abu Helal said that the peaceful protests in the Gaza Strip will continue in all possible ways until they achieve their goals, mainly breaking the blockade.

The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip since the start of the border protests have launched several flotillas of dozens of vessels toward Israeli-controlled water in a bid to break the siege. All boats were intercepted and those on board were arrested by the Israeli navy.

(Source / 20.02.2019)

Israel Approves 464 New Colonialist Units In Occupied Jerusalem

20 Feb 11:21 AM

The Israeli “Construction and Planning Committee” of the City Council in occupied Jerusalem, has approved the construction on an additional 464 units for illegal colonialist settlers.

The approval was made this past Monday, and it was revealed, Wednesday, that the plan aims at expanding in Gilo illegal colony, southwest of Jerusalem.

Israeli sources said the City Council in Jerusalem has allocated more than $200 Million to build and expand the illegal colonies in the Old City, especially in what is known as the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem, were two Palestinian neighborhoods, Sharaf and al-Magharba, once stood.

Israel’s colonies the occupied West Bank, including in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which Israel is a signatory and a constant violator.

The illegal constructions are ongoing while the indigenous Palestinians are denied the basic rights to build and expand their homes on their own lands in occupied Jerusalem, and amidst the demolition of their homes and property.

(Source / 20.02.2019)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Ten Palestinians In Nablus

20 Feb 9:28 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers, accompanying several colonialist settlers’ buses, invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, at dawn Wednesday, heading to “Joseph’s Tomb” area, before the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters, wounding at least ten.

Media sources in Nablus said the soldiers invaded the eastern area of the city, to accompany the colonists into the site, after closing the surrounding Palestinian areas.

They added that dozens of youngsters hurled stones at the invading vehicles, while the soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

Two Palestinians, including a journalist identified as Mo’tasem Saqfelheit, were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and were rushed to Rafidia Hospital.

Eight other Palestinians suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation and received the needed treatment by local medics.

Joseph’s Tomb is revered by Jews, Muslims, Christians and Samaritans, and the Israeli military allows Jews to visit as part of organized pilgrimages, despite the shrine being in an area under control by the Palestinian Authority.

Ultra-orthodox and nationalist Jews regularly try to visit the shrine without approval, as many Jews believe the tomb to be the final resting place of the biblical figure in the Old Testament.

Palestinians generally hold that the tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousef Dweikat, a local religious figure.

(Source / 20.02.2019)

Army To Demolish Homes In Shu’fat

20 Feb 12:35 PM

Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, Shu’fat refugee camp, and surrounding neighborhoods, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem, and delivered demolition orders targeting several homes.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said dozens of soldiers, accompanied by personnel of the City Council, invaded the refugee camp, and posted demolition orders targeting several homes and buildings.

WAFA added that the army is claiming the buildings were constructed without permits from the City Council, although they are part of the refugee camp, which is supposed to be under UN supervision.

It also said that the soldiers invaded many shops in the refugee camp and inspected their finances and registration documents.

It is worth mentioning that dozens of soldiers were deployed in the refugee camp, especially on its main road, before storming and searching the homes and buildings.

(Source / 20.02.2019)

PPS: “Army Abducts Eighteen Palestinians In West Bank”

20 Feb 2:52 PM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, eighteen Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West bank.

The PPS stated that the soldiers invaded and ransacked homes in the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem, and abducted Hamad Shalabi, Majd Marwan Dari, Ahmad Dirbas and Mohammad Ayman Obeid.

In Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Odai Wafa Mezher, from his home, while Tawfiq al-Bassa was abducted from his home in the al-‘Ezariyya town, east of Jerusalem.

The PPS office in Hebron, in southern West Bank, said the soldiers also searched many homes and abducted eight Palestinians, identified as Nadim Moheeb Jawabra, Hisham at-Teety, 14, Khaled Abu Salem, Mohammad Hasan Badawi, Hatem Sabarna, Odai Emad Tawayha, Nidan Nawwaf Sharif, in addition to Hatem Sabarna, from Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, who was taken prisoner at the Container Roadblock, south of Jerusalem.

In Bethlehem, the soldiers searched homes and abducted Fadi Halawa and Mohammad Jamil Abu Sarhan, and assaulted a blind man in his own home.

In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Nasouh Eshteyya, from his home, and injured ten Palestinians, including a journalist.

Another Palestinian, identified as Rafe’ Ekbariyya, was taken from his home in Tulkarem, in northern West Bank.

It is worth mentioning that, on Tuesday, the soldiers abducted twenty-two Palestinians from the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, after dozens of soldiers invading it and assaulted many worshipers.

One of the abducted Palestinian is Nasser Qous, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society in Jerusalem.

(Source / 20.02.2019)

Soldiers Assault A Blind Man in His Home, Near Bethlehem

20 Feb 1:02 PM

Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Wednesday at dawn, a blind Palestinian man who also suffers from a Kidney disease, after invading his home in Doha town, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian, Monther Mezher, told WAFA News Agency the soldiers stormed his home and started a violent search of the property, before beating him up on his head, shoulders and other parts of his body.

From his hospital bed, Mezher said that, besides his visual impairment, he cannot walk without help, and that he also has a kidney disease, requiring dialysis.

He stated that he lost his eyesight fifteen years ago and has been undergoing dialysis for the last eleven years.

“We heard some noises inside our house, my wife and I though it was one of our kids who might have woken up, we had no idea who was inside our home and what they were doing,” he said, “We first though that they were thieves, and they started beating me up while shouting at me ‘we are the Israeli Defense Force’.”

“They left me and went to the living room, and my wife helped me walk there; my children were forced against the wall, and I kept asking them what are they doing here, and what do they want, only then we released they also invaded the house above us to arrest a young man.”

The family of the young man told the soldiers not to invade Mezher’s home, because he is blind and sick, but the soldiers insisted on breaking into the property.

Mezher’s sister told WAFA that she rushed to the property to see her brother and his family and was shocked to see how her blind brother was beaten up and all bloody, and how the home was ransacked.

“When I saw what they have done to my brother, his family and home, I saw how those soldiers were behaving… like wild beasts, not human beings,” she added.

The attack came after many army vehicles invaded Doha, abducted two young men, and fired a barrage of gas bombs, causing one car to burn.

In related news, dozens of invaded the southern West Bank city of Hebron, al-‘Arroub refugee camp and the nearby Halhoul and Beit Ummar towns, before storming and searching many homes, and abducted eight Palestinians, including a child, in addition to summoning two others for interrogation.

The soldiers also abducted two Palestinians from Tulkarem and Nablus, in northern West Bank.

Furthermore, the soldiers injured ten Palestinians, including a journalist, in Nablus, after dozens of soldiers and colonialist settlers invaded the city and headed to Joseph’s Tomb.

(Source / 20.02.2019)