Prisoner officials accuse Israel of 'medical crimes'
Published Tuesday 18/02/2014 (updated) 19/02/2014 11:00
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Minister of prisoner affairs Issa Qaraqe said on Monday that the treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails amounted to "intentional medical crimes."
Qaraqe said in a news conference at the Ministry of Information in Ramallah that sick prisoners were being targeted through medical negligence, until they become irrevocably sick.
Qaraqe added that a list of 80 people with serious medical conditions that cannot be kept in prison was given to President Mahmoud Abbas to include in negotiations.
Qaraqe called on the Arab League to request a special UN session to discuss medical negligence of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
Qaraqe declared April 2 as a national day for the support of sick prisoners. It coincides with the anniversary of the death of Maysar Abu Hamdia, who succumbed to cancer in Israeli prison last year.
Prisoners society director Qaddura Faris expressed concern for "murders" of sick prisoners.
“These murders of prisoners are done publicly and with the cover of the Israeli government,” Faris said.
Qaddura warned Israel against continuing this policy, and he called on President Abbas to stop negotiations with Israel if the issue of sick prisoners was not made a priority.