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Committee: Health of Palestinian prisoner deteriorates in Israeli custody

Oct. 23, 2016 10:53 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2016 10:45 A.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The health condition of Palestinian prisoner Ali al-Rashayda has deteriorated due to medical negligence in the Israeli prison of Ktziot, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs reported on Sunday.

The committee said that al-Rashayda has been suffering from ulcerative colitis since 2009, when he was being detained in the Ashkelon detention facility, and also suffers from stomach and joint pains.

The committee went on to say that al-Rashayda has been medically neglected by the Israel Prison Service and has not received appropriate medication to treat his condition.

Rights groups have widely condemned Israel for its medical negligence of Palestinians in its prisons, which Addameer has called a "deliberate policy of neglect."

In August, a number of Palestinian rights organizations established a committee to follow the cases of Palestinians in poor health being held in Israeli prisons.

Rights groups have accused the Israel Prison Service (IPS) of practicing a policy of medical neglect on Palestinian prisoners, leading to at least 17 Palestinian prisoners dying in Israeli custody as a direct result of medical negligence from the beginning of the Second Intifada in 2000 until 2008, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

In addition to deliberate medical negligence, Addameer has cited the environment in Israeli prisons, which is reportedly far below international standards, the tendency for the Israeli prison administration to ignore their responsibility for the well being of Palestinian prisoners, and the overcrowding in Israeli prisons as all factors that adversely impact the health of Palestinians in Israeli custody.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer 7,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prison as of August.
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