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Israel denies freed prisoner entry to Jordan for medical treatment
Published Sunday 05/01/2014 (updated) 06/01/2014 20:46
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities told the Palestinian Red Crescent that newly released Palestinian prisoner Naim Shawamrah would not be allowed to enter Jordan for treatment, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said.

Shawamrah, whose health has been deteriorating since before he was released from Israeli jails, was scheduled to head to Jordan for treatment mid-Sunday, Hebron PPS director Amjad al-Najjar said.

"Everybody was surprised by the decision to reject him," al-Najjar said. "Preparations have been ongoing since Saturday, but the Red Crescent was notified of an Israeli decision to deny him entry to Jordan."

Shawamrah was hospitalized late Wednesday due to serious deterioration in his health condition.

Doctors said his condition was worsening, and transferred him to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron, al-Najjar said at the time.

Minister of Health Jawad Awwad met Saturday with Shawamrah's doctor, along with members of his family and other Palestinian Authority officials, and planned to send the former prisoner to Jordan for treatment, a statement from the Ministry of Prisoners' affairs said.

Shawamrah was released Tuesday morning along with 25 other Palestinian prisoners who were detained before the Oslo Accords. He spent 19 years in Israeli jails and in 2013 was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.

Throughout his final days in prison, he was unable to walk.

Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian veteran prisoners from Israeli jails in conjunction with US-mediated peace talks with the PLO. Tuesday marked the release of the third round of prisoners.
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1 ) hamid amiri / brighton England
05/01/2014 18:54
Israel has more than adequate health system. If he prefers to live in Jordan so be it, but I hear your health system is very overstretched

2 ) jesse / usa
05/01/2014 20:26
Just curious. would maan have a news story thanking israel if they did allow him to go to jordan?

3 ) Mel / USA
05/01/2014 21:02
And of course with Egypt now back in USG-puppet military-We luv Zionism-junta hands, there's not much chance of Egypt showing any humanity now,either? Jordan does as its told by Israel!And now Egypt obeys Zionist commands & FMF from USG! Talk about Adolf and his 'axis' puppet states!What a 'shining example' of loyalty to their fellow Muslim &Christian Arabs.Shame on you Abdullah &Asisi for NOT publically criticizing Israel's cruelty!

4 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
05/01/2014 21:04
Playing G-D again. Shame on you sons of Khazar!

5 ) AKeenReader / UK
05/01/2014 21:08
Palestinians should refer the matter to HRW and the ICC. These Israeli butchers haven't learnt any lessons from their own Holocust experiences. Shame on these idiots.

6 ) My opinion / USA
06/01/2014 17:11
Not a victim, but a violent criminal. State his crimes! He should receive only local medical care. He should never been released from prison.

7 ) Carson / Canada
06/01/2014 20:48
Why does the article fail to mention the crimes he was convicted of ?? You pro - Palestinians are incredibly idiotic. Every Palestinians is innocent to you. 'Palestinians' can do no harm, right ? Pathetic

8 ) Paul Larudee / USA
07/01/2014 02:40
Wow! Israel must be expanding its sayanim compensation program. Even so, they are apparently unaware that Israel's policy is to promote criminals to high office, not to refuse to allow them to leave.
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