PA Official: Efforts Underway to Launch International Conference on Palestinian Sick Prisoners

RAMALLAH, December 1, 2014 (WAFA) – Head of the Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, said on Monday that efforts are underway to launch an international conference that will be dedicated to discussing the issue of sick Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Qaraqe said the conference, which will be organized in co-operation with various human international rights organizations under the title “Stop Medical Crimes against Our Prisoners,” will address the largely deteriorating health conditions of so many Palestinian political prisoners incarcerated by Israel.

He stressed that the prisons administration has willfully failed to provide the necessary medical treatment for sick prisoners, accusing it of deliberately neglecting their health conditions.

Meanwhile, the official called upon the international human rights organizations and the United Nations to uphold their ethical and legal responsibility in this regard and intervene to protect the prisoners.

The number of sick prisoners detained in Israeli jails has reached 1500, 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.

More than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners are still detained in Israeli prisons, of whom dozens are serving a life sentence.