Days of Palestine

Wednesday, May 31

Bahar: Israeli Occupation Implements Ben-Gvir Threats, Uses Medical Negligence to Kill Palestinian Prisoners

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The vice president of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmed Bahar denounced on Tuesday, 2 May 2023 the Israeli occupation crime against the Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan who died in the Israeli jails due to deliberate Israeli medical negligence after an 86-day-long hunger strike.

In a statement, Baher said that Israeli occupation implemented the far-right Israeli minister Ben-Gvir’s threats and used medical negligence to deliberately kill Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

Baher added that Israel’s killing of Sheikh Khadr is a heinous crime, noting that Adnan was an icon of the struggle for freedom.

The vice president called on the international community and human rights organizations to intervene and protect the Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

The Palestinian detainee Adnan hailed from the Palestinian village of Arraba near Jenin. He launched his 86-day-long hunger strike immediately after he was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on 5 February.

The father of nine — his youngest is just 18 months old — was detained by the Israeli occupation authorities twelve times and spent eight years in Israeli jails, mostly in administrative detention.

Israel’s illegal policy of administrative detention is a pre-emptive measure that allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for lengthy periods of time based on disclosed allegations that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

Israeli occupation is currently holding more than 1,000 Palestinian detainees without charge or trial, the highest number since 2003, according to the Israeli human rights group HaMoked.

Palestinian detainees have constantly resorted to hunger strikes as a method to oppose their administrative detention, demanding an end to this illegal policy that violates international law and Human rights accords. 

The Israeli occupation uses deliberate medical negligence as a common punitive measure against Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

73 Palestinian prisoners lost their lives inside Israeli occupation prisons since 1967 due to a systematic policy of deliberate medical negligence, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club.