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PA official: Israel has a policy "of medical negligence and medical experiments" against Palestinian prisoners

Official PA TV program Panorama of the Hour hosted the director of the PLO’s Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake:
Director of the PLO Prisoners’ Affairs Commission and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake: “Prisoner Jaafar Awad came out of prison sick and suffering from several dangerous diseases introduced into his body in prison.”
PA TV host: “Why did the Israeli hospitals refuse to hospitalize Martyr (Shahid) Jaafar Awad and treat him?”
Issa Karake: “Israeli hospitals not admitting Palestinian patients is nothing new, hence the Palestinian patient, that is, the Palestinian prisoner, suffers while trying to get treatment… it seems that a deadly virus was introduced into Awad’s body in prison… Prisons have become the source of an epidemic, a source of death and a source of dissemination of diseases in the bodies of the prisoners. There is a policy of medical negligence and medical experiments: In the 1990s, the Israeli Minister of Science (see note) admitted having given licenses to more than a thousand Israeli drug companies to test medications on Palestinian detainees.”
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Note: In the past, the PA has claimed that former Speaker of Israeli Parliament and MP Dalia Itzik asserted that Israel conducts medical experiments on Palestinian prisoners. Reporting on this libel in 2008, PMW checked with then Israeli Parliament Speaker Dalia Itzik and the Ministry of Health. The following are their responses:
Office of Israeli Parliament Speaker Dalia Itzik: "[Israeli Parliament] Knesset Speaker Itzik never made the statements attributed to her. Speaker Itzik is certain that incidents of this kind do not occur in Israel; this is not how Israel conducts itself." [2007]
Ministry of Health's Response: "Clinical testing on prisoners in prison was never approved, never performed, and is most certainly not taking place at present." [2007]

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