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Fatah Libel: Cartoon demonizes Israel, claims prisons commit “war crimes” by “torturing” prisoners using the Coronavirus

Cartoon published on the website of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture

Headline: “War crime – torture using the Coronavirus”

Text on cartoon: “The medical neglect in the Israeli occupation’s prisons”

The cartoon shows an Israeli doctor with an army helmet with an Israeli flag on it wearing an assault rifle on his back while holding a stethoscope. Instead of earpieces the stethoscope has two hands plugging up the doctor’s ears with their fingers. The doctor is smiling deviously while approaching a Palestinian prisoner behind bars wearing an Israeli Prison Service prisoner uniform.

See the 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."

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