The Palestinian Prisoner Club expressed Saturday, July 15, 2023, grave concerns about the deteriorating health of Khalid Al-Nawabite, a 44-year-old administrative detainee from the town of Burqa in southeast Ramallah.
Al-Nawabite has been suffering from heart problems since before his arrest, and his condition has recently worsened, manifesting in symptoms such as shortness of breath, overall weakness, and irregular heartbeats.
In a press statement released today, the Palestinian Prisoner Club accused the Israeli prison administration of delaying the necessary medical examinations for Al-Nawabite in a civilian hospital.
The club cited a doctor from Hadassah Hospital who affirmed that the tests provided by the prison administration were insufficient and insisted on conducting new examinations in the hospital to reach a definitive diagnosis.
Each time Al-Nawabite is transferred to the prison clinic, the doctor there claims he is not experiencing any health issues, further confirming the prison administration’s manipulation of his necessary treatment.
The Israeli occupation authorities have compounded their actions by issuing a new administrative detention order against Al-Nawabite in May, extending his detention for an additional six months.
It should be noted that Al-Nawabite was arrested in November of last year and placed under administrative detention, despite his precarious health condition and urgent need for open-heart surgery, which had been scheduled prior to his arrest.
Despite numerous appeals for his medical treatment and, more importantly, an end to his arbitrary detention, the Israeli occupation authorities persist in their crime by justifying his continued imprisonment under the pretext of a “secret file,” while also neglecting his medical needs.
The Palestinian Prisoner Club holds the Israeli prison administration fully responsible for the fate and life of the administrative detainee Al-Nawabite.
The club also renews its demand for the immediate cessation of his arbitrary detention so that he can pursue the necessary medical treatment before it is too late.
Al-Nawabite, a former prisoner, has spent approximately eight years in Israeli prisons in multiple periods of detention.
He is married and a father of four children. Currently, he is being held at the Negev Desert Prison.
The number of Palestinian administrative detainees has now reached 1,132, including three female prisoners and 18 children, marking the highest figure since 2003.