A Palestinian prisoner, who suffered from cancer, has lost his life in an Israeli jail due to the lack of medical care, as the plight of Palestinian inmates continues in Israeli detention facilities.
Palestinian Minister for Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Monday that medical negligence in the Israeli regime’s custody led to the death of Maisarah Abu Hamdiah. Abu Hamdieh was transferred to a hospital in Tel Aviv after he fell unconscious on Monday. On Sunday, Qaraqe said 17 Palestinian prisoners launched a hunger strike in solidarity with their cancer - stricken fellow. Following the report of Abu Hamdiah’s death, acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas said he held the Israeli regime responsible for the death of the inmate.
Abbas spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeina, said in a statement the Palestinian Authority holds the regime of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “responsible for the martyrdom of prisoner Maisarah Abu Hamdiah today in the prisons of the Israeli occupation. ”
Meanwhile, Palestinian prisoners held a protest following the death of their fellow inmate due to medical negligence in the Israeli regime’s custody. More than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli prisons, many of them without charge or trial. On February 13, Abbas appealed to the international community to intervene in support of Palestinian prisoners on an open-ended hunger strike to protest their detention conditions in Israeli prisons. Several demonstrations have been held across the Palestinian territories to show solidarity with the four men, who are experiencing deteriorating health conditions. The inmates were admitted to hospital on Friday. The prisoners have been on hunger strike for months to protest against their administrative detention, a controversial practice used by Tel Aviv that allows the Israeli authorities to incarcerate Palestinians indefinitely without charging them or holding a trial.