Israel medically neglecting Palestinian prisoner, says Prisoner’s Commission

RAMALLAH, Sick Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails Mahmoud Abu Kharabish, 54, who is serving a life sentence, has been medically neglected by Israeli prison authorities, according to the Detainees Affairs Commission.

Abu Kharabish is suffering from heart problems, irregular heartbeat, blood pressure, which he suffered while in prison, high cholesterol and severe stomach pains, the Commission said in a press release.

Despite his illness, Abu Kharabish has not received any suitable treatment for many years, added the Commission.

Abu Kharabish has spent more than 25 years in Israeli jails and is serving a life sentence. He is considered the longest serving prisoner from Jericho district in the occupied West Bank.

Israel demolished his home in the same year he was arrested.

Deliberate medical negligence is a common punitive measure used against Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails. It is one of the commonly cited motivations for hunger strikers protesting the dismal and cruel conditions endured by detained Palestinians.

In 2016, the Palestinian Information Center said that an estimated 207 Palestinian prisoners had died in Israeli custody since 1967, 126 of whom as a result of medical negligence.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency