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PA government: Death of released prisoner at age 82 shines spotlight on Israel's "policy of medical neglect"

Headline: “The government expressed sorrow over the death of prisoner Sami Younes”
“The [Fatah-Hamas] national unity government expressed sorrow yesterday [June 11, 2015] over the death of released prisoner Sami Younes from the village of Arara in the Triangle (a concentration of Israeli-Arab towns and villages in northern Israel –Ed.) within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel), who died close to the age of 82.
The government expressed the condolences of [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to the bereaved family and its relatives, and [said] ‘that he stressed that the resolve of fighter Younes for over 28 years in the occupation’s prisons, and the fact that he continued to stand firm on his land in his homeland until his death, is proof that the Palestinians adhere to their right to defend their liberty and their right to freedom and independence.’
The government emphasized that the death of Younes, one of the most veteran prisoners of the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel), ‘turns the spotlight on the suffering of the prisoners and the violations they experience contrary to international treaties and laws, and in particular the fourth Oslo accords, especially the policy of medical neglect.’”

Sami Younes
- an Israeli Arab who was serving a 40-year sentence for planning the kidnapping and killing of Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg on Dec. 1, 1980. He instructed his relatives, Karim and Maher Younes, to carry out the kidnapping and commit the murder. He was originally sentenced to life in prison, but his sentence was shortened. In October 2011, Younes was released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas. In that deal, Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.