PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israel has policy of medical negligence against prisoners
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Aug. 1, 2011

 
     “The Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs announced yesterday the launch of the National Campaign for the Release of Sick Prisoners, under the name ‘Open the Door’, on the anniversary of the imprisonment of sick prisoner Akram Mansour, on Aug. 2, 2011.
The campaign was announced during a press conference held in Ramallah, in the presence of Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake; the Ministry’s attorney, Yamen Zidan, and the family of prisoner Akram Mansour. Karake said: 'This campaign is meant to focus attention on the sick prisoners, who are suffering from a policy of medical negligence, and some are in an acute state of health. In addition, they are not being given the necessary treatment, and there are no specialist clinics.'
He stated that more than 1,500 prisoners are suffering from various illnesses, among them 75 prisoners with motor and psychological handicaps and 18 prisoners who are sick with cancer and malignant growths… He emphasized that there is a brutal assault on prisoners on the part of the [Israeli] Prison Service, expressed in its refusal to introduce the necessary medical machinery, and withholding visits, especially from sick prisoners…
Zidan… noted that the Prison Service views the sick prisoners as guinea pigs for medicines, to the point of making the provision of necessary treatment to a prisoner conditional on his isolation."