RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The Israel Prison Service (IPS) transferred Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Abd al-Fatah Awad to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, Israel on Sunday, after he suffered from a dysfunction in his heart, the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said.
Awad is from the northern occupied West Bank town of Tulkarem.
Rights groups have accused IPS of practicing a policy of deliberate 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 Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prison as of October.