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Palestinian emerges in harsh and shocking health condition after months in Israeli detention

RAMALLAH: Palestinian prisoner Ma’zuz Abayat Tuesday evening emerged in harsh and shocking health condition after serving months in Israeli detention, according to the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS said in a press statement that Israeli occupation authorities released 37-year-old Abayat, a resident of Bethlehem, from the an-Naqab desert prison in very poor and shocking health condition after serving nine months under administrative detention.

It added that during his term of imprisonment since October 2023, Abayat was subject to severe beating, particularly to the feet, and as well as to a series of torture, starvation and medical crimes, which manifested and evidenced in his appearance upon his release. Such torture, starvation and crimes have been the central reasons for the death of Palestinian prisoners after October 7.

The first words Abayat uttered after his release was that he was ‘subjected to attempted murder’ more than once, the PPS added.

Before his current detention, PPS elaborated,
the father-of-five was detained twice and had not suffered from any health problems, at a time when thousands of detainees are at the risk death in Israeli custody and such risk is increasing over time due to continued torture of unprecedented level and intensity.

PPS pointed out that the Israeli occupation have stepped up the policy of administrative detention, placing at least 3,380 Palestinians, including children and women, under administrative detention and subjected to mock trials under the pretext of undisclosed evidence, noting that hundreds of administrative detainees are sick who are mostly former detainees.

It held the occupation authorities fully responsible for Abayat’s health condition and reiterated its call to international human rights organizations to shoulder their responsibilities vis-à-vis the ongoing Israeli genocidal war on the Gaza Strip and crimes against Palestinian prisoners.

Israel’s widely condemned practice of administrative detention that allows the detention of Palestinians
without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

The US State Department has said in past reports on human rights conditions for Palestinians that administrative detainees are not given the ‘opportunity to refute allegations or address the evidentiary material presented against them in court.’

Amnesty International has described Israel’s use of administrative detention as a ‘bankrupt tactic’ and has long called on Israel to bring its use to an end.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy, which violates international law.

Source: Palestine news and Information Agency – WAFA