Sick Palestinian Prisoner Denied Vital Medical Care by Israeli Prison Administration

RAMALLAH, April 4, 2016 (WAFA) – A sick Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails have been denied vital medical treatment and medicine by the Israeli prison administration, citing the high cost of medicine, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoner’s  Society (PPS) said.

Sick prisoner Fadi al-Namnam, who is currently incarcerated in the Israeli prison of Nafha, told a PPS lawyer, that he has been subjected to deliberate medical negligence by the Israeli prison service, which further worsened his health condition due to a long delay in providing him with the appropriate health diagnosis.

Al-Namnam, a Palestinian local from Gaza who is sentenced to seven years in jail, has been suffering from various health complications, including acute pain in his back, spinal cord, and joints, for about three years now.

The prisoner said he was unable to continue his treatment after the prison service denied him a much-needed medicine, citing its high cost.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association said, The provision of health care for prisoners is a State responsibility. Prisoners should enjoy the same standards of health care that are available in the community, and should have access to necessary health-care services free of charge without discrimination on the grounds of their legal status.” -Rule 24 of Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in May 2015 (Mandela Rules).

“The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has adopted a policy of deliberate medical neglect against prisoners and detainees. Human rights organizations estimate that since the beginning of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000 until 2008, 17 Palestinian prisoners have died in Israeli prisons and detention centers as a result of medical negligence.”

According to the Palestinian Information Center, there are 1,700 sick Palestinian prisoners currently incarcerated in Israeli jails.