PA libel: “Israeli Prison Service has worked to turn coronavirus into a tool of abuse against the Palestinian prisoners”
“Thirteen new cases of infection with the Coronavirus were recorded among the prisoners in wing 3 of Ketziot Prison. Thus the number of those infected in the wing rises to 44 since last weekend. In total the number of those infected among the prisoners in the occupation’s prison stands at 184…
It should be noted that since the outbreak of the epidemic, the occupation’s Israeli Prison Service has worked to turn it into a tool of abuse against the prisoners through a series of measures whose goal was to impose more isolation and control on the prisoners, which worsened the conditions of imprisonment (sic., see note below).”
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."