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PA libel: Israel is “attempting to assassinate ‎Palestinian prisoners, slowly execute them, and ‎deny them their rights to life and health”‎

Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs ‎demanded that the World Health Organization ‎investigate the medical neglect to which the ‎‎[Palestinian] prisoners are being subjected”‎


‎“The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ‎Expatriates condemned the Israeli occupation ‎government’s refusal to provide [Coronavirus] ‎vaccinations to the prisoners and its increase in ‎its crimes against the prisoners, including ‎leaving them exposed to being infected by the ‎Coronavirus, particularly in the shadow of the ‎rise of infections among the prisoners. The ‎ministry said that the racist and discriminatory ‎policy of Israel, the occupying power, against ‎the prisoners, and the deliberate medical ‎neglect in order to disregard their rights ‎inside the prisons, are attempts to ‎assassinate them, slowly execute them, and ‎deny them their rights to life and health, ‎which constitutes a war crime and a blatant ‎violation of international humanitarian law ‎and international human rights law (sic., see ‎note below regarding the PA libel on medical ‎abuse of Palestinian prisoners).”‎

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."