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Abu Hamdiyeh's death raises tensions in Israeli jails
Published Tuesday 02/04/2013 (updated) 04/04/2013 12:58
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The death of a cancer-stricken detainee on Tuesday raised tensions in Israeli jails as Palestinian prisoners announced a three-day hunger strike.

Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, from Hebron, died in an Israeli hospital on Tuesday from throat cancer which had spread to his spinal cord.

Abu Hamdiyeh had accused Israeli prison authorities of medical neglect and said he was only being given pain killers. He was admitted to Soroka Hospital in late March.

Israel Prisons Service said disturbances had broken out in four prisons as the news spread -- in Ketziot, Eshel, Ramon and Nafha.

On Tuesday, prisoners from all factions announced a three-day hunger strike. Detainees in Eshel prison, where Abu Hamdiyeh had been detained, set fire to bed covers and later refused to return to their cells.

In Nafha jail, where prisoners had protested for Abu Hamdiyeh's release, detainees banged on cell doors at the news of his death.

Abbas, Fayyad condemn medical neglect

President Mahmoud Abbas held Israel responsible for Abu Hamdiyeh's death.

"The death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh shows the Israeli government's arrogance and intransigence over the prisoners," Abbas told reporters at the start of a meeting of his Fatah movement in Ramallah.

"We tried to get him released for treatment but the Israeli government refused to let him out, which led to his death," the president said.

"The Palestinian presidency holds the Netanyahu government responsible for the martyrdom of prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh," his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said.

Palestinian Authority premier Salam Fayyad also condemned Israel's "policy of medical negligence against Palestinian prisoners," in a statement from his office.

"Prime Minister Salam Fayyad expresses his deep sorrow and sincere condolences to the nation and prisoner movement for the death of prisoner Maisara Abu Hamdiya," the statement added.

Fayyad said Abu Hamdiyeh had played a distinguished role in the national struggle and that "his contributions to the just cause of our people will remain alive in our national memory and continued struggle for freedom."

The premier said the delay in treating Abu Hamdiyeh until the cancer had spread throughout his body was a primary reason for his death.

In Hebron, shops closed as Fatah announced three days of mourning for Abu Hamdiyeh.
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1 ) Sick / Healthy
02/04/2013 15:51
I thought that Salam Fayyad was sick himself. Apparently not - it is time for Salam to learn how prison looks from inside, because the correct place for terrorist sympathizers like Fayyad is jail.

2 ) JoeUSA / USA
02/04/2013 16:48
#1 and what place should contain evil hearted Zionists like you? Hell perhaps.

3 ) Mel / USA
02/04/2013 17:52
ARAB/MUSLIM/CHRISTIAN peoples,POWERFUL,wealthy,Israel EQUALLY have the human right,too,to DEFEND THEMSELVES,& be "secure" from ATTACKS by Zionism/Israel,since PRE-1948!An existential,VASTLY bigger, ACTUALITY,daily! thankyou OBAMA! "OBAMA THIS DESTRUCTION". visiting'pretty'compliant sites,where PA leaders hide their Zionist shackles under silk suits &ironed on smiles!Obama this and that! GO to the blood-stained ground to see how'good' our 'US-WEPS-Inc' business is!Pro-Israeli Zionism's latkas

4 ) Kvetcher / Germany
02/04/2013 18:02
old Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh, was a Hamas member from the West Bank who was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 for attempted murder, membership in a banned organization, and illegal possession of firearms. He was charged for his role in planning an attempted bombing of Jerusalem's Kafit Cafe in 2002. Hamdiyeh was diagnosed with cancer in February, and when it became apparent that his disease was terminal the IPS began the process of examining an early release for him. Tough luck.

5 ) Joseph / Ghetto of Palestine
02/04/2013 18:31
I've not heard any sympathetic word from any Israeli about the the war crimes committed by Nazi-Israelis against Palestinians in Israeli prisons. If Israelis and Jews bless these Nazi-prisons they should bless what Hitler did for them as well. Do not serve 2-gods

6 ) Rena / Israel and USA
02/04/2013 21:57
To Number 5 Joseph: The words of anybody who connects Israelis with Nazis cannot be trusted. There is no relation and no comparison between Nazi Germany and Israelis who are defending themselves against Hamas, PLO and Fatah, organizations who wish to wipe the Jews off the map of the Middle East. Jews are willing to live amongst Arabs. Arab leaders tell their people not live amongst Jews. 20% of Israeli citizens are Arabs. 0% of Palestinian Arabs are Jews.

7 ) Harry / Norway
03/04/2013 09:42
#5 The guy was a convicted mass murderer, with throat cancer. And you want sympathetic words lol.

8 ) shusmo / SE cost of the mediteran
07/04/2013 02:40
#4 Maysara was accused of being a hamas member; he has always been a fatah member by the way. #6 of course; monopoly over victim-hood is essential for the Zionist narrative; Hamas (Islamic movement of resistance; for the record: fcuk religious nationalism and religious parties), fatah (Palestine Liberation Movement) and the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization), PFLP (palestinan front for liberation of pales)the names are tailored to trick the world and their members are complicit ; right?
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