Groups Warn against Deterioration of Palestinian Prisoners’ Conditions in Israeli Jails

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners, many held without trial are in Israeli jails. (Photo: via MEMO)

The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) have warned against the deteriorating medical conditions of Palestinian prisoners who are subjected to Israel’s deliberate policy of medical neglect and the subhuman conditions of Israeli detention centers.

Karim Ajwa, Committee lawyer said the health of 43-year-old Said Musallam from Qalqiliya was continuously deteriorating, as he remained held in Israel’s Ashkelon prison.

Ajwa said that Musallam suffered from heart and respiratory issues, as well as chronic pain in his chest, hands, and right foot. Musallam, who has served 15 years of his 18-year-prison sentence, underwent surgery after suffering a heart attack last May.

Meanwhile, the PFLP said in a statement on Saturday that Walid Daqqa, who has been serving a life sentence since 1986, was transferred to solitary confinement in Ramon prison on Wednesday, despite having suffered from serious health issues for years.

The group said Israeli authorities justified placing him in isolation under the pretext of having “unauthorized communication with his lawyer.”

The PFLP said the justification was “a flimsy excuse” being used in order to target the prisoner for his influential role in the prisoners’ movement as one of its key figures.

Meanwhile, rights groups have condemned Israel for its medical negligence of Palestinians in its prisons, which Addameer has called a “deliberate policy of neglect.” Israeli doctors have also been accused of condoning the mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners in solitary confinement, in violation of medical ethics and international law that also could amount to torture.

The committee head said that the measures caused Palestinian prisoners to suffer from a variety of ailments and diseases, especially in prisons located in the desert regions where the weather is extremely cold.

Qaraqe also expressed morning for the loss of 74-year-old Palestinian prisoner Abd al-Rahim Skafi, who died in Israeli custody on Saturday.

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