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The PLO falsely accuses Israel of committing medical crimes against prisoners

The PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs posted an image and text on its Facebook page

Posted text: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ [Affairs] – updates about the status of prisoner Walid Daqqa (i.e., terrorist, involved in murder of 1)

April 12, 2023 – The Commission of Prisoners’ [Affairs] conveyed that prisoner leader Walid Daqqa, who is suffering from a most severe health condition, entered the operating room this morning, Wednesday [April 12, 2023].

The commission explained that the surgery came as a result of a cumulative deterioration in his health, and that the pneumonia from which he is currently suffering was caused as a result of a medical crime to which he has been subjected in recent years (sic., see note below regarding PA libel on medical abuse of Palestinian prisoners).

The commission conveyed that his wife Sana’a and his daughter Milad were allowed to visit him for 10 minutes before he entered the operating room.”

The image shows terrorist prisoner Walid Daqqa.

Text on image: “The Commission of Prisoners’ [Affairs] holds the occupation authorities fully responsible for the life of heroic prisoner Walid Daqqa, who is in Barzilai Hospital in a severe medical condition, while surrounded by tight security guard.”

[PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Facebook page, April 12, 2023]

Walid Daqqa - Israeli Arab member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). He is serving a life sentence for being part of the squad that kidnapped and murdered Israeli soldier Moshe Tamam in 1984. 

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."