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Israel neglecting health condition of ailing Palestinian prisoner: Report

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows Palestinian prisoner Jamal Amr.

The Israeli prison service (IPS) is neglecting the health condition of an ill Palestinian prisoner in the Nafha prison who suffers from multiple health problems, according to a report.

Palestinian prisoner Jamal Amr, a 49-year-old man from the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, suffers from tumors in the liver and kidneys, stomach and intestinal problems, urinary tract infection and nerve problems, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Commission said in a statement on Sunday, Palestine’s official news agency WAFA reported.

Amr, who has been serving a life sentence in Israeli jails since 2004, is in urgent need of medical treatment, said the commission, adding that the Israeli prison authorities have turned a blind eye to Amr’s case by not allowing him to undergo any medical examinations and diagnosis.

It also accused the Nafha prison administration of practicing medical negligence against Amr, who has only been receiving painkillers from the prison administration.

According to the Palestinian Information Center, Amr recently suspended a hunger strike after receiving Israeli pledges to provide him with appropriate treatment, which the IPS still fails to do.

Last week, a Palestinian prisoners’ rights advocacy group reported that Amr had started to complain of pains all over his body, but the prison administration did not provide him with any proper medical treatment.

In a report published on December 27, Asra Media Office confirmed that the Palestinian inmate suffers from serious kidney and liver problems and is in dire need of medical tests to diagnose the exact problems.

Amr’s family also appealed to international human rights groups to immediately intervene to save his life before it is too late and to ensure his access to appropriate medical treatment, it added.

Earlier this month, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Commission expressed serious concern over the difficult health condition of two Palestinian inmates in an Israeli prison, warning that the pair’s conditions were deteriorating because of deliberate medical negligence.

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners are currently incarcerated in some 17 Israeli jails, with dozens of them serving multiple life sentences.

The regime in Tel Aviv also has an infamous “administrative detention” system, under which it imprisons Palestinians without trial or charge, with some prisoners being held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.

Israel is also notorious for detaining minors for long periods of time.

In 2020, the Israeli regime arrested 4,634 Palestinians, including 543 minors and 128 women, the Middle East Monitor reported on Friday.

Citing a statement issued by institutions dealing with prisoners’ rights, the MEM reported that the total number of detainees in Israeli prisons at the end of the year reached 4,400 detainees, including 40 women and 170 children, while the number of administrative detainees is estimated at 380.

The number of ill prisoners reached 700, including ten cancer patients and 300 with chronic diseases, it added.

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