Israel Denies Hunger Striking Prisoner Medical Care

RAMALLAH, September 13, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli prison authorities have been depriving a Palestinian hunger striking prisoner of medical care, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC).

PPC said prisoner Belal Dawoud from Bethlehem, who started a hunger strike on August 24 in protest of his administrative detention without charge or trial, has been denied a medical drug which he takes for a chronic brain disease.

Dawoud, 26, who suspended his hunger strike for a few days before resuming it, has been in jail without charge or trial for seven months now, PPC added.

To be noted, six Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli jails have been on hunger strike against detention without charge or trial since August 20. The detainees are: Nidal Abu Akr, Shadi Maali, Ghassan Zawahreh, Bader Ruzza, Munir Abu Sharar, and Sleman Eskafi.

Meanwhile, PPC reported that three Palestinian detainees were assaulted and beaten up by Israeli soldiers who detained them from their homes in the village of Nabi Saleh, west of Ramallah, on September 8. The three were identified as two brothers Udai and Lo’ai Tamimi, and Osaid Amara.

Under administrative detention policies, Israeli authorities can hold detainees for indefinite periods of time based on secret information and without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.

Currently, some 500 detainees are serving administrative detention in several Israeli jails.

Israel routinely uses administrative detention against Palestinians. Statistics show that over the years, thousands of Palestinians have been held in Israeli custody as administrative detainees for extended periods of time.

The Israel human rights group B’Tselem says, “International law stipulates that [administrative detention] may be exercised only in very exceptional cases – and then only as a last possible resort, when there are no other means available to prevent the danger.”

“Israel’s use of administrative detention blatantly violates the restrictions of international law. Israel carries it out in a highly classified manner that denies detainees the possibility of mounting a proper defense.”

In April 2015, the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) expressed concern due to the continued and increasing use of administrative detention by Israeli authorities against Palestinians.

The Israeli practice of administrative detention has been condemned on numerous occasions by the UN Human Rights Office and the Human Rights Committee that oversees implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Israel has ratified.

According to human rights groups, medical negligence has been a systematic policy in Israeli jails.

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.