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PA libel: Israel “committed premeditatedly” the “murder” of an imprisoned Palestinian terrorist by “deliberate medical neglect”

Headline: “Prisoner Kamal Abu Wa’er died as a Martyr – Shtayyeh conveys condolences to the Martyr’s father, and holds the occupation (i.e., Israel) responsible for this due to [their] deliberate medical negligence” 

 

“Kamal Abu Wa’er (i.e., terrorist, involved in the murder of at least 4 people), 49, a cancer patient prisoner in the Israeli occupation’s prison, died yesterday evening [Nov. 10, 2020] as a Martyr, as a result of the [Israeli] policy of deliberate medical negligence (sic., see note below). 

[PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh conveyed his condolences yesterday evening to the Martyr’s relatives during a phone call with his father. The prime minister said: ‘We are consoling ourselves, our people, and the Martyr’s family on our loss of a fighter and a pure-hearted son of Palestine, who sacrificed his freedom for the sake of the freedom of his people and his homeland.’ He added: ‘We hold the occupation (i.e., Israel) responsible for Abu Wa’er’s death as a Martyr, due to the prison managements’ deliberate medical neglect of our prisoners.’ Shtayyeh again called on the international institutions and human rights organizations to intervene for the release of the sick [Palestinian] prisoners, elderly prisoners, female prisoners, and child prisoners from the occupation’s prisons. The prime minister prayed to Almighty and Omnipotent Allah that He wrap the Martyr in His great mercies, have him dwell in Paradise, and bestow his family with patience and consolation. 

Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Qadri Abu Bakr accused the occupation (i.e., Israel) of murdering prisoner Abu Wa’er, and [did] this by abandoning him as prey to cancer. In a phone call with [the official PA news agency] WAFA, he added that the medical crime against Martyr prisoner Abu Wa’er is testimony to the racism and the grudge that the occupation feels, and also to its efforts to harm our prisoners in all ways. 

Abu Bakr held the occupation government fully responsible for this crime, which was committed premeditatedly by the [Israeli] Prison Service that knew well the severity of prisoner Abu Wa’er’s health condition, which necessitated his immediate release.” 

Kamal Abu Wa’er – Palestinian terrorist and member of the PA Presidential Security Force 17 who participated in a number of lethal terror attacks including: the murder of Israeli border policeman Madhat Yousef in a shooting attack at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus on Oct. 1, 2000; the murder of Rabbi Benjamin Herling in a shooting attack at Mount Eival on Oct. 19, 2000; the shooting and murder of Arnaldo Agranionic, a guard at the town of Itamar, on May 8, 2001; and the murder of 16-year-old Aliza Malka in a drive-by shooting near the entrance of Kibbutz Meirav on Aug. 9, 2001. Abu Wa’er is serving 6 life sentences.

Libel on medical abuse of Palestinian prisoners - the PA claims that Israel abuses Palestinian prisoners, through medical neglect, medical experiments, and by intentionally infecting them with diseases. However, the International Red Cross regularly visits these prisoners and has not documented or accused Israel of any of these claims. Likewise, lists of demands occasionally issued by the prisoners during hunger strikes - such as during one in 2011 - include no demands relating to these claims. PMW has documented prisoners talking about how they "lack nothing" in the prisons, and that "the worst thing about Israeli prison" is riding in a prison vehicle that has no padding on the seat. When PMW contacted the Israeli Ministry of Health in 2007 regarding PA claims of medical experiments on prisoners, the ministry responded: "Clinical testing on prisoners in prison was never approved, never performed, and is most certainly not taking place at present."