Sick Palestinian prisoner dies of medical negligence in Israeli jails

Nov 10,2020

Rights groups reiterated that the Israeli Prison Service maintains a systematic policy of medical negligence toward Palestinian detainees.

Palestinian prisoner, Kamal abu Wa’er, 46, who suffered from cancer, died on Tuesday evening due to intentional medical negligence in Israeli jails, Palestinian Prisoner Society reported.

Abu Waer, from Jenin’s town of Qabatiya, suffered from throat cancer. He was arrested in 2003 and sentenced to multiple life sentences for resisting the Israeli occupation.

He was the first Palestinian prisoner in Israeli detention to have tested positive for the highly contagious virus.

Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the PLO’s Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Commission, held the Israeli authorities fully responsible for the death of Abu Wa’er, slamming his death as a “premeditated crime committed by the Israeli prison service.”

Abu Baker said that the Israeli occupation authorities “were aware of the seriousness of his health condition and refused to release him despite many calls made for his immediate release.”

He stressed that this crime demonstrates the failure of the international community and its institutions to hold Israel accountable, warning that the continued silence on these practices will encourage the Israeli occupation to continue perpetrating crimes against Palestinians.

The death of Abu We’ar brings the number of Palestinian prisoners who died in Israeli jails since the 1967 occupation to 226.

Addameer, Palestinian rights group, reiterated that the Israeli Prison Service maintains a systematic policy of medical negligence toward Palestinian detainees.

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