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Israel has a "policy of slow death," and "medical crimes" against Palestinian prisoners, lies PA

Headline: “Submitting an urgent request for the early release of prisoner Nasser Abu Hmeid”



“Yesterday [Jan. 6, 2022], the national forces, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ [Affairs], the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club, and the prisoners and released prisoners’ union in the Bethlehem District organized a vigil of support for prisoner [Nasser] Abu Hmeid (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 7 people) in front of the International [Committee of the] Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters.

Director of the [PA] National Library Issa Karake said: ‘This vigil comes to convey a call to the world and the international community that [Abu Hmeid] is entering a critical situation, while laying the responsibility on Israel for these medical crimes and the deliberate neglect against the prisoners for years in its prisons, which have become a place where illnesses spread (sic., see note below regarding PA libel on medical abuse of Palestinian prisoners).’

Karake noted that ‘The participants in the vigil demanded an international investigative committee on the medical situation of the prisoners in light of the spread of chronic illnesses among them and the adoption of a policy of slow death against them, which necessitates the human rights organizations and the international community to act and to force Israel to respect the prisoners’ rights according to the international and legal conventions.’”



Issa Karake also serves as PA Parliament Member and former Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs.

Nasser Abu Hmeid

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."