The Palestinian patient prisoners’ plight in Israeli jails

[ PIC 21/10/2013 – 07:25 PM ]

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NABLUS, (PIC)– Hashim Mohammed Yasser Taha, 24, from al-Khalil, was a student when he attacked two Israeli occupation soldiers stationed at the Ibrahimi mosque doors in 2007.

Hashim’s sister told Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies that his family was informed at first of his martyrdom after being shot by Israeli soldiers at the Ibrahimi mosque.

However, eyewitnesses had confirmed that he was still alive but bleeding, she noted.

The Israeli soldiers interrogated him after being stripped naked while bleeding on the ground, his sister added, saying that many TV channels have broadcasted the occupation soldiers’ violent treatment towards him.

The Israeli soldiers refused all attempts to transfer him to hospital for treatment, she continued. Hashim fell into a coma that lasted for four days, before being transferred to Hadassah hospital where he spent more than two months.

He underwent several surgeries where large amounts of his intestines were removed.

After a little improvement in his health, he was moved to Ramle prison hospital where he spent a whole year and two months suffering too many health problems, Um Muhanned added to Ahrar center.

Despite his difficult health situation, the Israeli authorities sentenced him to 13 years plus 5 years suspended, in addition to a fine of five thousand shekels.

For his part, Fouad Khuffash the director of the Center stated that Hashim is being continuously moved since his arrest from Hadassah hospital to Ramle prison hospital and from Be’er Sheva to Negev prisons with complete disregard to his health.

Um Mohanned stated that Hashim’s family is visiting him regularly, calling on human rights institutions to intensify their efforts for the release of the patient prisoners.

The family said that they live tough moments during Eid in the absence of their youngest son.

Hashim has continued with his secondary and university from his cell studies despite his suffering.


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