Health Condition of Palestinian Detainee Deteriorates Significantly

RAMALLAH, September 15, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian political prisoner in Israeli jails has recently seen a grave deterioration in his health, according to Minister Issa Qaraqe, who chairs the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs (CPA).


Qaraqe said prisoner Sami Abu-Diak from the twon of Silat ad-Daher, south of Jenin, recently underwent two surgeries at Israel’s Assaf HaRofeh medical center near Tel Aviv, but his health condition never improved.


He said the International Committee of the Red Cross has appealed to an Israeli court to urgently release Abu-Diak.


Abu-Diak is serving a life sentence, and so far served 14 years in jail.


There are some 1500 sick prisoners in Israeli jails, of whom 80 prisoners are suffering from serious health problems and do not receive the necessary treatment.


They suffer from malignant diseases, paralysis, and disabilities, in addition to cases of mental illness and neurological disorder.


The prisoner rights group Addameer asserts that the Israeli Prison Service maintains a systematic policy of medical negligence toward Palestinian detainees.


The group reports that the “lack of natural sunlight and moisture in the prisons, along with a poor, imbalanced diet and restrictions on use of the prison yard for exercise, can lead to health problems such as skin diseases, extreme fatigue, anemia and weakness, kidney problems, rheumatism, dental problems and ulcers.”