Sick Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails dies

Nov 26,2019

Israeli occupation refused to release him while he was in coma prior to his death.

Due to maltreatment, sick Palestinian prisoner Sami abu-Dayyak, 36, from occupied West Bank city of Jenin pronounced dead on Tuesday morning.

The Palestinian prisoner, who suffered from cancer, died this morning in the Israeli hospital Asaf Harofeh as a result of “the policy of deliberate and systematic clinical killings by the Israeli Prison Services (IPS),” Palestinian Prisoners’ Commission (PPC) said.

Israeli occupation authorities had rejected several appeals to release him on humanitarian grounds or at least to get proper treatment in hospitals.

Following the announcement of Abu-Dayyak’s death, there was anger and condemnation among the Palestinian prisoners inside the different Israeli prisons.

Prisoners banged on the doors and called out Allah is the Great as the IPS administration rushed to declare a state of alert and shut down all sections.

Abu-Dayyak was detained on 17 July 2002 and was sentenced to triple life terms plus 30 years, of which he spent 17 years behind bars before his death.

He was diagnosed with an intestinal cancer in September 2015 and his condition began to deteriorate as a result of medical mistakes by the Israeli Soroka Hospital where he underwent surgery to remove 83 cm of his intestines.

Later on, he was transferred to the clinic of Al-Ramla Prison where his health deteriorated due to the dismal and unhygienic conditions of the clinic. He was then transferred to Assaf Harofeh, and then returned to Ramla prison.

Abu-Dayyak was unable to walk and would move only on a wheelchair. He underwent four operations to remove tumours from the intestines, and during one of the operations, he went into a coma for one month.

Many petitions were submitted for the early release of Abu-Dayyak in the light of the serious and critical deterioration of his health, but the occupation authorities rejected all appeals, the PPC said.

The PPC held the occupation authorities full responsibility for the death of Abu-Dayyak due to what it said was its racist crimes against Palestinians, such as physical and psychological torture, medical negligence and other violations.

Abu-Dayyak’s last message from his prison reads: "To every person with conscience, I live my last hours and days. I want to be in my last days and hours beside my mother and my loved ones, and I want to die in her arms.

“I do not want to die while my hands and feet are cuffed and in front of a jailer who loves death and nurtures and delights by our pains and sufferings.”

The Palestinian Prisoners Centre for Studies said Abu-Dayyak’s death meant that the number of Palestinian prisoners who have died in Israeli prisons since 1967 has risen to 221.

According to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners' rights group, there are currently 5,250 prisoners in Israeli jails, including 205 children and 44 women.

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics says there have been approximately one million arrests made against Palestinians since 1948.

 

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