On Tuesday 11 February activists from Nablus held a solidarity demonstration in the city’s square for Palestinian prisoners. The activists demanded the International community and particularly the Red Cross take action to secure the release of all Palestinian prisoners and particularly sick prisoners.
There is currently around 5000 Palestinians being held in Apartheid prisons, with nearly 1000 estimated to be sick, 177 suffering from serious conditions. Sick prisoners regularly do not receive any medical treatment other than standard painkillers (paracetamol). In addition, the conditions prisoners are held in often mean their medical health declines or illnesses are exacerbated.
In 2013 three prisoners died as a result of medical neglect in Apartheid prisons. In November 2013 Hasan Turabi died of Leukemia, attributed to his lack of proper medical care. On 2 December 2013 sick prisoner Alaa al-Hams was beaten by the prison infirmary doctor in Eshel prison, after attending with severe stomach pains, paralysis of the limbs and foaming at the mouth. Following the attack Alaa had to undertake a hunger strike for almost a month before he was transferred to Ashkelon prison where he could receive some treatment.
These horror stories are all too common for Palestinian prisoners, many of whom have also contracted diseases such as Hepatitis C following operations by prison authorities. Not only is the detention of Palestinian prisoners outside the West Bank and Gaza area of Palestine a direct violation of international law, Apartheid Israel implements a policy of medical neglect, amounting to torture.
SFP has been supporting prisoners and their families and will continue to do so until they are all free. We ask our international friends to please keep writing to their respective representatives demanding they apply pressure to Apartheid Israel to cease arrests of Palestinians, and free all prisoners, particularly those that are critical sick. In addition, and in the absence of the application of international law, we ask all supporters of justice to abide by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) request from grassroots Palestinian society. For more details on how to boycott and how to raise awareness of BDS please click here.
اليوم تضامنا مع الاسرى الفلسطينيين دعت الفصائل الوطنيه ونادي الاسير والمؤسسات الفلسطينيه الى الوقفه التضامنيه مع الاسرى وخاصه الاسرى المرضى وطالبو بضروره التحرك لانهاء معاناه اكثر من خمسه الاف اسير يقبعون في سجون الاحتلال