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PLO accuses Israel of medically mistreating prisoners

Headline: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ [Affairs] warned against the immoral and inhumane deterioration in the treatment of the sick prisoners”


“This morning, Thursday [July 21, 2022], the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs warned against the immoral and inhumane deterioration in the treatment of the sick prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, which truly threatens their lives in the shadow of the dangerous tyranny that is being carried out against them every day.

In a statement, a copy of which reached [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan, the commission said: ‘Through monitoring the status of the sick prisoners in the so-called Ramle, Ashkelon, Ramon, Ofer, and Negev (i.e., Ketziot) Prisons, and in all the prisons, we notice they are ignoring diseases and not providing treatment and medicines in a systematic and organized manner (sic., see note below regarding 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."