Israeli Military Asks Palestinian Detainee to Pay for Own Surgery

PNN – Palestine News Network -26.05.11 – 13:44

 Jerusalem – PNN – The Palestinian detainees and ex-detainees society announced on Thursday that the Israeli military prison administration has asked Ahmed Assofor to pay the expenses of a surgery he needs.

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Israeli Military Detention Center

Assofor was arrested on Nov. 24, 2009 as he was leaving the Gaza Strip to get medical treatment in Jerusalem. He was injured during Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip that happened from December 2008 to January 2009.

Assofor needs an implant to be able to take the medicine needed to counter his diabetes. According to his family, the device costs 700 shekels and the medicine in it costs 1,500 shekels per month.

Human Rights groups have started a campaign to put pressure on the Israeli military to release Assofor from detention as he is in desperate need of a pancreas transplant and the reconstruction of his elbows.

According to the detainees and ex-detainees society, the Israeli military prison administration uses detainees’ medical cases against them to force them to sign confessions to crimes they did not commit, something that is illegal according to international law, as the detainees are prisoners of war.

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