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Palestinian representative to the UN: Israel allows prisoners to die through medical negligence

Headline: “Mansour demands that the international community take steps to deter the occupying regime”

“Observer Representative of the State of Palestine in the UN Riyad Mansour sent three identical letters yesterday [Sept. 9, 2019] to UN Secretary-General [António Guterres], [UN] General Assembly President [María Fernanda Espinosa], and [UN] Security Council President [Vasily Nebenzya] for this month (Russia) [parentheses in source]. He demanded that the international community do what is required of it and take the necessary steps to deter the occupying regime from its illegal and inhuman actions against the Palestinian people. This was following the death of young Khaled Al-Raba’i (14) and Ali Al-Ashqar (17) as Martyrs in Gaza on Friday (killed Sept. 6, 2019, while participating in violent March of Return protests on the Gazan border; see note below –Ed.), and after prisoner Bassam Al-Sayeh (i.e., terrorist, involved in murder of 2) died in the occupation’s prison as a result of medical negligence…

Mansour said that the death of prisoner Bassam Al-Sayeh as a Martyr due to medical negligence is an example of the prisoners’ suffering, and that he suffered from cancer – but this did not prevent his arrest and did not help him against the occupation authorities.”


"The March of Return" refers to massive violent riots in Gaza, in which thousands of Palestinians are rioting on the border with Israel and attempting to cut through the security fence, attacking with firebombs, flaming kites, and gunfire. The riots began on March 30, 2018, and were scheduled to last for 6 weeks until Palestinian "Nakba" Day on May 15. On the day the US embassy opened in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018, the Palestinian attacks escalated and 62 Palestinians were killed. A senior official of the terror organization Hamas, Salah Bardawil, stated that 50 of the 62 belonged to Hamas, while Islamic Jihad identified 3 others as belonging to it. The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, an Israeli research institute, published research documenting that from the start of the riots on March 30 until May 15, 93 of the 112 Palestinians killed in the riots (approximately 83%) were members of terrorist organizations. Petitions against the IDF's use of live fire to combat the rioting submitted by organizations that advocate for Palestinian rights were rejected by Israel's Supreme Court on May 24, 2018. The court accepted the state's argument that the riots were "organized and directed" by Hamas, a terrorist organization, and thereby rejecting the claim that the riots were peaceful and civilian in nature. PMW reports were referred to in the Supreme Court's decision.


Bassam Al-Sayeh – Palestinian terrorist who authorized and raised funds for the shooting attack by a Hamas terror cell in which Israelis Naama and Eitam Henkin (also an American citizen) were murdered on Oct. 1, 2015, in front of their four children, aged 9, 7, 4, and 4 months. Al-Sayeh was arrested on Oct. 8, 2015, and died in prison of cancer – a pre-existing condition from before his arrest – on Sept. 8, 2019.

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