Palestinian Detainee in Israeli Jails Suffers from Stroke

RAMALLAH, May 16, 2016 (WAFA) – A Palestinian detainee held in Israeli jails is in a very critical condition and was transferred to hospital on Sunday after suffering from a stroke, said the Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission.

The commission said detainee Sa’eed Msalam, a local from Nablus’ town of Talfit who was sentenced to 16 years in jail, has had a stroke and was transferred to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, Israel.

The commission held the Israeli government fully responsible for Sa’eed’s life; since ‘it fails’ to provide Palestinian detainees with periodic health examination as defined in international agreements and conventions.

It further blamed the Israeli government for the rising number of sick Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, which has reached at least 1700 cases.

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

The Palestine Detainees Studies Center said around 60% of the Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli jails, suffer from chronic diseases, a number of whom died in detention or after being released due to the severity of their cases caused by a deliberate medical negligence policy.