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During a meeting led by Mahmoud Abbas, PLO accused Israel of intentional medical abuse of prisoners

Headline: “During its meeting led by the [PA] president: The [PLO] Executive Committee emphasized its support for the president’s orientation and his speech at the UN”

 

“The [PLO] Executive Committee held a meeting led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, in which it discussed the latest political developments…

The Executive Committee saluted the resolve of our prisoners behind the bars of the occupation’s prison cells in light of the policy of isolation, torture, and deliberate medical neglect that they are dealing with (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."