Israel Denies Sick Palestinian Administrative Detainee Medical Treatment

RAMALLAH, September 14, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli prison authorities have been denying a Palestinian detainee, who was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver prior to his detention, of  medical treatment, Monday said the Palestine Prisoner’s Club (PPC).

PPC, in a press statement, warned about the deteriorating health condition of Rabi‘ Jibril, an administrative detainee from the Bethlehem village of Tuqu‘ who suffers from liver cirrhosis and cardiac dysrhythmia; abnormal heart rhythm.

PPC noted that Jibril was detained by Israeli forces on August 20.  He was sentenced to four months in administrative detention without charge or trial. Under administrative detention, prisoners are held without charge or trial and for an indefinite and renewable period of time.

PPC also noted that despite warnings by medical professionals that his health condition is critical, Jibril continues to be denied medications he used to take prior to his detention.

PPC added that Jibril has lost his consciousness three times since his arrest, and has never been admitted into a hospital for medical checkup and treatment.

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

most prisoners are often prescribed painkillers without any thorough medical follow-up

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.

According to a B’Tselem annual report issued in 2013, “53 prisoners died inside Israeli prisons dueto medical negligence. In addition, several cases were documented in which prisoners died after their release, with medical reports indicating that their deaths resulted from medical negligence.”