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PA libel: Israeli prison doctors "are agents of Israeli pharmaceutical factories and companies who find in the Palestinian prisoners’ pain a testing ground for their new products and ingredients"

Headline: “Captain of the prisoners’ ship”




“Two days ago [Nov. 30, 2021], Fuad Al-Shubaki (i.e., senior PA official and weapons smuggler) was taken to the Ketziot Prison clinic, where the doctor diagnosed that he is suffering from stomach cancer.


The prisoners define the prison doctors as ‘butchers,’ because they are no different from the prison guards, except they are agents of Israeli pharmaceutical factories and companies who find in the [prisoners’] pain a testing ground for their new products and ingredients (sic., see note below regarding PA libel on medical abuse of Palestinian prisoners).

Al-Shubaki did not believe the doctor in the clinic. How could he have diagnosed his condition so quickly, without conducting the required tests including a biopsy?


Al-Shubaki rejected the diagnosis of the ‘Ketziot Prison butcher,’ and he insisted that they transfer him to a civilian hospital. The Israeli Prison Service submitted to him, and he was transferred to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva.

After tests were conducted and the required X-ray images were taken, it became clear that there was no basis for the diagnosis that the doctors at Ketziot clinic gave for the condition of ‘the elder prisoner.’ They showed that he suffered from disturbances in the digestive system and severe constipation that caused him breathing difficulties and a drop in heart rate, which reached 57 [beats per minute].


Prisoner Al-Shubaki suffers from prostate cancer, from a disease in his eyes, stomach, and heart, and from high blood pressure.”




Fuad Al-Shubaki - senior PA official serving a 20-year prison term. He was behind the attempt to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons to the Palestinian Authority aboard the Karine A weapons’ ship in 2002.


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."