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More than 600 Palestinian political prisoners suffer acute illness inside the Israeli occupation prison system and are at risk of dying, according to a statement released by Human Rights lawyer Abdel Nasser Farwana on 10 September.
Farwana referred to the tragic conditions Palestinians are subjected to, such as brutal treatment, torture, and neglect.
“There are many of these prisoners who suffer from serious diseases such as cancer,” the Human Rights lawyer added.
One such case is that of Nasser Abu Hamid, who is dying inside prison from cancer without receiving the proper care.
“All Palestinian prisoners are held in inhumane conditions, do not receive the necessary medical care, and are subjected to deliberate medical neglect, which exacerbates their suffering and leads to the exacerbation of disease and may be the cause of the death for some of them, as happened before,” the lawyer said.
Due to the dire situation of Palestinians inside Israeli prisons, the Human Rights lawyer has called on all institutions and organizations who are concerned about the well-being of the inmates, as well as the EU to “advocate for the prisoners of Palestine in agreement with each other and develop a common vision for the internationalization of the medical files and to launch a serious international campaign to save the lives of sick prisoners, and protect other prisoners from the severe risk of disease inside Israeli prisons.”
In recent weeks, Palestinian prisoners launched protests of disobedience inside Israeli prisons, as well as a large hunger strike to raise awareness of their plight and an increase in repressive measures by Tell Aviv to drown any form of resistance.
Human Rights groups estimate that Israel has imprisoned over 1 million Palestinians since 1967, including women and children.
Some are held indefinitely without a trial due to repressive laws that enable a police state based on ethnicity.