On Tuesday Palestinians gathered in Nablus’s Martyrs Square to show their solidarity with sick prisoners and demand the release of the remaining 32 pre-Oslo Accords prisoners.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society estimates there is over a hundred seriously ill Palestinian prisoners, receiving no or very little medical care from Apartheid Israel. Fuad Shobaki, 76 years old, and the oldest Palestinian prisoner, has been diagnosed with cancer of the kidney. Fuad was imprisoned in 2002 by Apartheid Israel.
As previously reported by SFP in cases such as Shadi Jazmawi, imprisoned in December and diagnosed with cancer, prisoners receive relatively no proper medical care, receiving only paracetamol for illness ranging from the minor to terminal. In the last 6 months 3 Palestinian prisoners have died as a result of inadequate medical care while imprisoned.
As well as medical neglect of prisoners, Apartheid Israel is now gesturing that it will refuse to release the remaining 32 Palestinian prisoners held since before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. They were due to be released in the next week. The release of all the pre-Oslo prisoners was part of the framework agreement, pushed by the Americans, to restart so called negotiations between Apartheid Israel and the Palestinian Authority last year. However, the release of these prisoners was stipulated in the Accords in 1993 and was not honoured by the Israelis.
Since these negotiations have begun Apartheid Israel has increased illegal settlement building by over 100% and murdered 61 Palestinians. SFP asks all people of conscience around the world to join the Palestinian struggle for freedom and abide by the Palestinians request for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Apartheid Israel. To find out how to boycott and help in the campaign against companies, such as the British/ Dutch owned company G4S that supplies equipment and personnel for Apartheid Israeli prisons, please click here.