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Palestinian prisoner dies after deliberate medical negligence in Israeli jail: Advocacy group

Deceased Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Badr Abdullah Abu Ali (Photo via Twitter)

An independent and non-governmental rights organization says a Palestinian prisoner has died from medical complications he sustained during his time in Israeli detention centers.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) announced in a statement that Ahmed Badr Abdullah Abu Ali, a resident of Yatta city in the south of the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil, died at Soroka Medical Center on Friday morning.

The 48-year-old Abu Ali, whose family says was suffering from chronic heart health failure, diabetes and obesity, was admitted to hospital after his health condition sharply deteriorated.

He was detained in 2012, and sentenced to 12 years in prison.  

The PPS held Israeli authorities fully responsible for Abu Ali’s death, and for the fate of all ill Palestinian prisoners being incarcerated at the regime’s detention centers, stating that his death represents yet another crime that the occupying Tel Aviv regime is systematically perpetrating against Palestinians.

It went on to vehemently denounce the Israel Prison Service over its policy of deliberate medical negligence, emphasizing that the practice has been behind the death of many Palestinian prisoners over the past few years.

Hamas reaction

The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement also mourned Abu Ali’s death, lamenting it as a blatant violation of all international principles and humanitarian rules.

Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif al-Qanou said in a statement that his loss brings the number of Palestinian prisoners who have died in Israeli custody since 1967 to 235, stressing that the tragic event clearly points to the criminal and brutal mistreatment of the inmates.

Qanou also called on international human rights organizations and world bodies to break their silence and intervene in order to save the lives of Palestinian prisoners who are at imminent risk of death due to the policy of deliberate medical negligence.

There are reportedly more than 7,000 Palestinians held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have been apparently incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention.

Human rights organizations say Israel violates all the rights and freedoms granted to prisoners by the Fourth Geneva Convention. They say administrative detention violates their right to due process since the evidence is withheld from prisoners while they are held for lengthy periods without being charged, tried, or convicted.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt to express outrage at their detention. Israeli jail authorities keep Palestinian prisoners under deplorable conditions without proper hygienic standards. Palestinian inmates have also been subject to systematic torture, harassment, and repression.

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