Three More Palestinian Detainees Diagnosed with Coronavirus

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Saturday, that three additional detainees, held by Israel, have been officially diagnosed with the coronavirus, raising the total number of infected detainees to 250.

The PPS said most of the infections took place in Gilboa’ Israeli prison, especially in November of 2020, and added that the infected detainees are also facing very dire living conditions in section 8 of Ramon prison in the rooms dedicated for isolating them but without actually providing them with the needed medical care.

It added that the section is already overcrowded, especially after Israel transferred infected detainees from the Negev Detention Camp and Ramon prison over the past few days.

The PPS stated that instead of collecting samples from the detainees who are showing symptoms, the Israeli Prison Authority forces them to wait, an issue that raises their anxiety and causes the virus to spread.

It said that Israel is using coronavirus as a new tool to inflict further punishment on the detainees and deny them basic rights.

The PPS also said that Israel controls the information about infections among the detainees, especially due to the absence of international monitoring of the prisons where the Palestinian political prisoners are held.

It called on all related parties, mainly the International Red Cross and the World Health Organization, to oblige Israel to provide the detainees with the required medical attention, especially the coronavirus vaccines, after Israel announced it would not be vaccinating the detainees.

The PPS also called for forming an international medical committee that would supervise the distribution and administration of the vaccine.

(Source / 17.01.2021)

Health Minister says 20 Palestinians died of coronavirus and 578 new cases recorded in 24 hours

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – In her daily report on coronavirus in Palestine, Minister of Health Mai Alkaila said today that 20 people have died, 578 new cases were recorded, and 862 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours.

Six people died in the Gaza Strip, twelve in the West Bank, and two in Jerusalem recorded over two days, she said.

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It indicated that new injuries were recorded in the governorates as follows: Tubas (22), Bethlehem (35), Nablus (47), Tulkarm (25), Salfit (17), the suburbs of Jerusalem (8), Qalqilya (8), Jericho. Al-Aghwar (3), Jenin (20), Ramallah and Al-Bireh (37), Hebron (28), Gaza Strip (212), and Jerusalem (116), indicating that 4,086 tests were performed.

Al-Kaila added that the new cases of recovery were recorded according to the following: Tubas (27), Bethlehem (41), Tulkarm (29), Salfit (19), Qalqilya (23), Jericho and Al-Aghwar (9), Jenin (21), Ramallah and Al-Bireh. (75), Hebron (32), Gaza Strip (360), Jerusalem (226).

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Recoveries account for 91.8 percent of total cases since the pandemic outbreak in March, active cases for 7.1 percent and the death toll accounts for 1.1 percent.

The Minister of Health said 84 patients remain in intensive care, including 21 on ventilators.

(Source / 17.01.2021)

PLO accuses Israel of ‘intentional medical negligence’ against Palestine prisoners

A Palestinian artist paints a mural in a show of support for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Gaza City on April 20, 2020 [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images]
A Palestinian artist paints a mural in a show of support for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Gaza City on April 20, 2020

Following increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases, Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s Commission for Prisoners Affairs, accused Israel of “intentional medical negligence” against Palestinian prisoners, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

“The situation inside Israeli jails is worrying,” he expressed, noting that the number of COVID-19 cases among prisoners has reached 277 and is expected to rise.

Abu Bakr said that Palestinian prisoner Basel Ajaj, 45, is suffering a critical health condition after he caught COVID-19 and entered the ICU.

He holds the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for the condition of Ajaj and other prisoners who are suffering from COVID-19.

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Ajaj has been in prison since 2002 and is serving a life sentence.

Abu Bakr reiterated that the Israeli Prison Services did not take any precautionary measures against the outbreak of COVID-19 among the Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails. “This accelerated the spread of the virus among them,” he stressed.

On Thursday, the Palestinian Authority called on the international community to form an investigation mission to investigate the health conditions of the Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails.

Official Palestinian reports state that there are about 4,400 Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails, including 40 women and girls, 170 children, and around 380 under administrative detention.

(Source / 16.01.2021)

Following a wave of criticism, ‘Israel’ to start vaccinating prisoners next week

Israel’s health minister announced on Thursday that ‘Israel’ would vaccinate Palestinian prisoners against COVID-19.

This came after a wave of criticism from human rights groups and Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin comments that withholding vaccines was “against Israel’s Jewish and democratic values.”

Israeli public security minister Amir Ohana refused to give coronavirus vaccine to Palestinian prisoners, saying that vaccinating Palestinian prisoners is “not a priority,” a move that the Palestinian organizations call “racism” and aimed at “increasing the suffering of prisoners and to psychologically torture them and their families.”

On Thursday, a spokesman for Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said that prisoners, including Palestinians, are expected to begin receiving coronavirus vaccinations next week after he received a letter from President Rivlin.

A group of United Nations human rights experts on Thursday urged Israel to ensure vaccines are made available to the more than 4.5 million Palestinians who “will remain unprotected and exposed to COVID-19, while Israeli citizens living near and among them — including the Israeli settler population — will be vaccinated.”

“Morally and legally, this differential access to necessary health care in the midst of the worst global health crisis in a century is unacceptable,” the experts said in a statement.

Amnesty International also called on ‘Israel’ to provide coronavirus vaccine doses to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, saying ‘Israel’ was obligated to do so under international law.

“The Israeli government must stop ignoring its international obligations as an occupying power and immediately act to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are equally and fairly provided to Palestinians living under its occupation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” said Amnesty International.

Palestinian Prisoners Society said 199 Palestinian prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

According to Palestinian estimates, there are 4,400 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including 41 women, 170 children, and around 380 people held under Israel’s administrative detention policy, which allows detention of Palestinians without charge or trial.

(Source / 15.01.2021)

16 Palestinian prisoners infected with Coronavirus in the Israeli Negev jail

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Prisoners’ Information Office reported Thursday that the number of coronavirus cases among Palestinian prisoners in the Negev Desert Prison has risen to 59.

This brings the number of prisoners infected with the virus since the outbreak of the epidemic to 246, including sick and elderly prisoners.

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The Prisoners’ Information Office indicated that the new cases of coronavirus in the Negev Prison are divided into sections 3, 4, and 10.

It indicated that with these infected, the number of HIV infections in the Negev Prison rose to 59.

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The office warned that section 8 of Ramon Prison, designated for quarantining Coronavirus patients, was no longer able to accommodate new numbers of prisoners.

For its part, the Prisoners’ Authority said that the prisoners of section 10, and the detainees in general, live in a great state of confusion and anxiety after the discovery of infected cases, and fears of more cases within the section.

The authority held the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the lives of the prisoners, in the context of the increasing number of prisoners infected with coronavirus, especially in Raymon jail, where the number of infected cases reached 38, and the number is subject to increase.

(Source / 15.01.2021)

7 Palestinian prisoners test positive for COVID-19 in Israeli Prisons

Seven Palestinian prisoners tested positive for COVID-19 in Israeli prisons, raising the number of Palestinians who contracted the virus inside Israeli prisons to 199 since March 2020.

In a statement, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said that the new infections were reported in the 4th section of Ramon Prison, where at least 90 prisoners are held.

The seven prisoners were among 21 others from the section who had been tested for COVID-19. The rest of the prisoners are waiting for their test results.

The PPS said that 43 of the prisoners in the same prison suffer from various diseases and at least four of them are aged above 60.

It also stated that the number is set to rise, saying that the deliberate procrastinations by the administration of prisons in providing the necessary preventive measures inside sections of prisons is the reason behind the spread of the virus.

It’s also worth mentioning that Israel’s Public Security Minister Amir Ohana refuses to give coronavirus vaccine to Palestinian prisoners, which Palestinian organizations call “racism” and aimed at “increasing the suffering of prisoners and to psychologically torture them and their families.”

According to Palestinian estimates, there are 4,400 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including 41 women, 170 children, and around 380 people held under Israel’s administrative detention policy, which allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial.

(Source / 14.01.2021)

Cancer-Stricken Detainee Enters Serious Health Condition

The Palestinian Detainees Committee has warned, Wednesday, that a cancer-stricken political prisoner held by Israel is currently in a life-threatening condition at the Soroka Israel medical center.

The Committee said the detainee, Hussein Masalma, 37, from Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, is at the intensive care unit of the hospital and added that he recently started suffering from a sharp pain in the abdomen but did not receive professional medical treatment.

It said that the detainee was only recently the detainee was moved to the hospital, and was officially diagnosed with Leukemia, and stated that his conditions started rapidly deteriorating a week ago.

It is worth mentioning that Masalma was taken prisoner in the year 2002, and was sentenced to twenty years in prison.

The Committee slammed Israel’s continued abuse of the detainees, and its elaborate policies of depriving them of the urgently needed professional medical attention, in addition to the alarmingly increasing number of detainees who have contracted the coronavirus.

“The detainees’ lives are in real danger, not only they are facing these difficult living conditions and constant violations, but also face deliberate medical neglect,” it said, “There is now a serious concern about the detainees who have weak immune systems, including cancer patient.”

It called on the International Community, various regional and international human rights, and legal groups, to intervene and pressure Israel into releasing the ailing detainees, especially cancer patients, and those with other medical conditions.

(Source / 13.01.2021)

Coronavirus claims 30 lives in Palestine, 978 new infections

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Minister of Health Mai Alkaila said today that 30 deaths from COVID-19, 978 new infections and 1670 recoveries were registered in Palestine during the last 24 hours.

Among the new 978 confirmed cases, 541 cases were recorded in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and 437 others in the besieged Gaza Strip.

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Jerusalem city was ranked the fist in terms of the number of cases with 177 cases, followed by Ramallah and al-Bireh district (71), Nablus (56), Jenin (48), Tulkarm (43), Hebron (39), Jerusalem suburbs (28), Bethlehem (26), Salfit (23), Qalqilia (18), Jericho & the Jordan Valley (7) and Tubas (5).

The death cases, Al-Kaileh added, included 21 death cases in the West Bank and nine others in the Gaza Strip. The West Bank deaths were distributed as follows: Hebron (4), Bethlehem (4), Ramallah and al-Bireh (3), Salfit (3), Nablus (3), Jerusalem (2), Jenin (1) and Tulkarm (1).

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She added that 1,670 Covid-19 patients recovered in the occupied territories; 962 recovery cases in the West Bank and 708 others in the Gaza Strip.

Jerusalem city was ranked the first among West Bank districts with 292 recovery cases, followed by Nablus district (221), Ramallah and al-Bireh (136), Hebron (108), Jenin (82), Tulkarm (42), Tubas (37), Salfit (26), Qalailia (9) and Jericho and the Jordan Valley (9).

Al-Kaileh added that 93 Covid-19 patients are still being hospitalized in intensive care units, including 25 who are connected to ventilators.

According to the latest coronavirus data, the confirmed cases in the occupied territories (West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza) reached 168,652.

Out of the 168,652 cases, 103,245 are recorded in the West Bank, 46,524 in the Gaza Strip and 18,883 in East Jerusalem.

Recoveries have totaled 152,504, and the death toll reached 1,814, leaving a total of 14,334 active cases.

She noted that the recovery rate in Palestine has so far reached 90.4 percent, active cases for 8.5 percent and the death toll accounts for 1.1 percent.

(Source / 13.01.2021)

Former Political Prisoner Dies From Cancer That Went Untreated In Prison

The Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Committee has reported that a young Palestinian man who was only released from Israeli detention camps a few months ago, had died, on Monday evening, from cancer that went untreated while he was held captive.

The Committee stated that Mohammad Eyada Salahuddin, 20, from Hizma town, east of the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem, has died from cancer, and added that he was diagnosed while in Israeli prisons, but the occupation authorities failed to provide him with the necessary specialized medical treatment.

It added that Israel released the young man only a few months ago, after it became clear that his condition was profoundly serious when cancer spread to several parts of his body.

The Committee also said that it fought for his release by filing many appeals with Israeli courts, before the detainee’s condition witnessed a serious deterioration, and held Israel responsible for his death.

Qadri Abu Bakr, the head of the Detainees Committee, said Israel deliberately and callously denied the urgently needed specialized medical treatment to the detainee and added that Mohammad’s death was nothing short of a premeditated crime.

On its part, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) issued a statement mourning the detainee and stating that he is among a long list of detainees who because seriously ill in Israeli prisons and died shortly after their release, due to Israel’s deliberate medical neglect policies against the Palestinian political prisoners.

He added that many detainees have recently been diagnosed with cancer, and are denied specialized medical attention.

It is worth mentioning that Salahuddin was taken prisoner in April of 2019, and was sentenced to two years in prison. In July of 2020, he was officially diagnosed with cancer while in prison.

There are at least 700 detainees in Israeli prisons who suffer from various health conditions, including 270 who have serious illnesses, such and liver and kidney diseases, and twelve who have cancer.

Former political prisoner and the head of the Documentation Department of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, told the IMEMC that the death of Mohammad under these conditions is not the first, as Israel has a longstanding policy of depriving the detainees of the basic medical treatment, they need.

He added that Israel keeps committing these crimes and getting away with them, due to the absence of accountability in international courts, and called for shedding closer attention to dire and inhumane conditions the Palestinian detainees face in Israeli prisoners.

Ferwana also said that there is a significant rise of cancer cases among the Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, and described what Israel is doing as organized medical crimes against them.

He called for ensuring professional and comprehensive medical checkups on all former prisoners immediately after they are freed, especially since many start showing symptoms after their release.

(Source / 12.01.2021)

Palestinian ex-prisoner died after struggling with cancer

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The Palestinian ex-prisoner Mohamad Salah al-Din, 20, from the town of Hizma, east of occupied Jerusalem, was martyred Monday, after a long struggle with cancer, which he contracted in the prisons of the Israeli occupation.

In a statement, The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Authority said that the Israeli occupation authorities released the prisoner, Salah El-Din, several months ago, after the disease became widespread in his body, and they did not provide him with the necessary treatments during his detention but rather practiced intentional and real medical negligence against him.

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It explained that the Israeli occupation released the prisoner, Salah El-Din, after making great legal efforts to that end, due to his serious health condition.

The head of the commission, Major General Qadri Abu Bakr, held the Israeli occupation authorities and the management of their prisons fully responsible for the life of the martyr ex-prisoner Salah El-Din, against whom a premeditated medical crime was committed that led to his death.

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Meanwhile, the Prisoner Club in a statement also mourned the ex-prisoner martyr Salah El-Din, and said that he is added to a long list of freed prisoners who died after their release as a result of diseases afflicted as a result of the systematic occupation policies against the prisoners, which aim to slowly kill them, especially the policy Medical negligence “slow killing.”

It added that the martyrdom of Salah al-Din comes at a time when hundreds of prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons are suffering from chronic diseases, including cancer, and in light of the announcement of more cancer cases among them recently.

Salah El-Din was arrested in April 2019, and the Israeli occupation sentenced him to two years in prison, and in July 2020, it was announced that he had cancer while he was in captivity.

It is noteworthy that about 700 Palestinian prisoners in the occupation jails are sick, 280 of whom suffer from severe and chronic diseases, and among them more than 12 prisoners suffering from various cancerous diseases.

(Source / 12.01.2021)