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Israeli pharmaceutical firms test medicines on Palestinian prisoners

Feb. 26, 2019 4:43 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 27, 2019 2:27 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Professor, Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, said that the Israeli authorities issues permits to large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian prisoners, according to Middle East Monitor news outlet.

Shalhoub-Kevorkian spoke at the Columbia University in New York City and revealed that while conducting a research project for the Hebrew University, she collected data confirming Israeli authorities permit large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian prisoners.

However, the Hebrew University “distanced” itself from claims made by the professor.

“Palestinian spaces are laboratories,” she stressed.

She continued, “The invention of products and services of state-sponsored security corporations are fueled by long-term curfews and Palestinian oppression by the Israeli army.”

In her recent talk, entitled “Disturbing Spaces – Violent Technologies in Palestinian Jerusalem,” she quoted a Palestinian child, who said “They check for which bombs to use, gas bombs or stink bombs. Whether to put plastic sacks or cloth sacks. To beat us with their rifles or to kick us with boots.”

Shalhoub-Kevorkian also revealed that Israeli military firms tested weapons on Palestinian children and carried out tests in Palestinian neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem.

It is noteworthy that last week, Israeli authorities refused to hand over the body of Fares Baroud, 51, who died due to medical negligence while in Israeli prison, raising suspicion that he possibly underwent such tests, which could be revealed through forensic investigations.

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