MAP Concerned about Deteriorating Situation in Occupied Palestine Following Prisoner’s Death

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protest_in_Hebron_[1]Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) is concerned about the deteriorating situation in occupied Palestine following the death of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli prison.

On Tuesday, 2 April, Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh died three days after being transferred to hospital by the IPS. Abu Hamdiyeh suffered from throat cancer and had previously reported medical neglect on the part of the IPS. He had been imprisoned several times since 1969, was in exile in Jordan for 20 years, and was re-arrested in the West Bank in May 2002. In 2005 he was sentenced to 25 years, which was later extended to a life sentence.

Palestinian human rights organisations report that despite suffering from a number of illnesses since 2007, Abu Hamdiyeh was not provided with necessary treatment and that he was not given a medical exam until the beginning of 2013, which showed an outbreak of cancer in his glands and throat that had spread as a result of late diagnosis. Israel refused a request from the Palestinian Authority to immediately release Abu Hamdiya from prison for treatment and he was not transferred from Eshel Prison to Soroka Hospital until 30 March, just 48 hours before his death.

207 Palestinian prisoners have now died in Israeli custody, 52 of whom are reported to have died as a result of medical neglect. Approximately 4,700 prisoners from occupied Palestine, including 230 children and 10 women, are currently imprisoned in Israel for acts, or suspicion of acts, committed in connection to Israel’s occupation. According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club, 25 inmates serving time in Israeli jails are currently suffering from cancer.

Israel’s treatment of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, including the death in February of Arafat Jadarat, who is believed to have died after having been tortured, has resulted in scores of demonstrations throughout the West Bank over recent months. Israeli forces injured 746 protesters in February alone, most during prisoner solidarity protests. 300 of those injured were shot with rubber coated steel bullets, which killed one protester.

News of Abu Hamdiyeh’s death has sparked outrage across occupied Palestine. In Hebron, his hometown, around 300 demonstrators gathered in protest and stones were thrown at Israeli soldiers near the entrance to the Old City, with troops again reported to have fired teargas and rubber-coated steel bullets.

A number of mortar shells and rockets have also been fired from Gaza since the announcement of Abu Hamdiyeh’s death, while Israeli forces have launched air strikes on Gaza – the first airstrikes since the ceasefire agreement in November 2012.

Five Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza since the ceasefire agreement and 110 Palestinians have been injured. Fishermen in Gaza have also come under attack and harassment by Israeli forces, with the Israeli navy firing on fishermen in 41 incidents.

The violations of the ceasefire are of deep concern and MAP calls for an immediate end to the violence. Medical Aid for Palestinians also calls on Israel to comply with its obligation to provide adequate medical care to Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli custody, as mandated by the Fourth Geneva Convention, the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, the UN Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners, and the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment.

About Medical Aid for Palestinians

Established in the aftermath of the 1982 massacre of Palestinian civilians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees.

MAP is an international, non-governmental, independent, non-political, non-religious organisation. Working in partnership with local health providers and hospitals, MAP addresses a wide range of health issues and challenges faced by Palestinians. With offices located in Beirut, Ramallah and Gaza City, MAP responds rapidly in times of crisis, working directly with communities on meeting their long-term health needs.

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