SALFIT (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian prisoner Haitham Jabeir from Salfit in the occupied West Bank is notreceivingproper care from Israeli prison services for his seriously deteriorating health, according to a local NGO serving prisoners and their families.
Ayalon prison in Ramle near Tel Aviv on Feb. 14, 2013. (AFP/Jack Guez)
The 40-year-old is suffering fromsevere headaches and frequent vomiting, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said after visiting Jabeir at Remon Prison on Thursday.
While Jabeir has been given a medical examination, his condition has not been diagnosed.
The Israeli prison service has provided Jabeir solely with painkillers regardless of requiring serious medical treatment, Jabeir's lawyer said.
In 2002 Jabeir was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
According to the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR), poor conditions in Israeli prisons have lead to the deterioration of health for a large number of Palestinian prisoners.
"Prison clinics have become renowned for offering only aspirin for all health treatments and physicians within the clinics are all soldiers," CEPR said in a report
Nearly 6,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in Israeli jails, with prisoners' rights group Addameer estimating that 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has been detained at some point.