The Israeli occupation has rejected the early parole of cancer-patient Palestinian detainee Walid Daqqa despite his deteriorated health, Wa’ed Society for Detainees and Ex-Detainees stated Wednesday, May 31, 2023.
It reported that the Israeli Early Release Authority refused to release the detainee Daqqa, who has been detained since 1986, saying that it is not within its jurisdiction and will refer it to the Supreme Committee.
Wa’ed said that Israeli occupation slowly kills Palestinian detainees, especially sick detainees, by procrastinating in meeting their urgent basic needs and providing them with necessary medical treatment.
Days ago, the Israeli public prosecution announced that it would oppose the early release of long-term Palestinian detainee Walid Daqqa on the grounds that he suffers from terminal cancer.
Daqqa was diagnosed with a rare type of bone marrow cancer several months ago and has been suffering successive health setbacks.
The 60-year-old detainee is currently in intensive care receiving intensive antibiotics to treat a new lung infection, Sana Salama, Daqqa’s wife said.
Earlier, after diagnosing him, the Israeli prison administration’s medical department stated that “his days are numbered and there is an immediate risk to his life”.
Medical Negligence Takes Detainees’ Lives Away
Like other Palestinian detainees, Daqqa, who was previously diagnosed with leukemia in 2015, has suffered from medical negligence during his 37 years in prison, which has worsened his health.
Daqqa’s deteriorated health has put a strain on his family, driving them to apply a request to the Israeli court for early parole.
On Tuesday, May 23, extremist Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir wrote on social media that he has ordered the Israeli prison administration to examine how the request was admitted to the “ordinary parole committee” instead of the “parole committee for security prisoners”.
Ben-Gvir said detainee Daqqa “should end his life in prison”.
Daqqa is not the first story of Palestinian detainees suffering from Israeli occupation’s racial violations and systematic attacks.
On Tuesday, May 2, the Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan died inside Israeli prisons after going into an 86-day hunger strike against the unjust administrative detention by the Israeli occupation.
In a report on May 6, Amnesty pointed out that Adnan’s death is a reminder of the deadly cost that Palestinians pay for challenging the Israeli apartheid and a military justice system rigged against them.
The death of the Palestinian detainee Adnan raised the number of slain Palestinian detainees inside Israeli prisons to 237.