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Israel "uses Coronavirus as a means of oppression and harassment against Palestinian prisoners" lies PA

Headline: “Seven female prisoners in the Damon Prison and prisoner [Hisham] Abu Hawash (i.e., Islamic Jihad terrorist being held under administrative detention) were infected with the Coronavirus”


“It should be noted that since the beginning of the spread of the [Coronavirus] epidemic, the occupation’s Israeli Prison Service has been using the virus as a means of oppression and harassment against the prisoners through a series of measures of harassment, the most prominent of which is double isolation (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."

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