The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society stated that 15 ailing Palestinian prisoners in the Ramle Prison Clinic will be embarking on a three-day hunger strike from Thursday to Saturday to display their discontentment with the hard confinement they are experiencing, in addition to the number of sick detainees escalating and medical negligence being practiced upon them.
Furthermore, they criticized the prison organization for their sluggishness in meeting their minimal needs and not considering their critical needs.
The Prisoners’ Society noted that this decision, which was the most challenging to make on behalf of ill prisoners, was the result of many requests and efforts from the Palestinian prisoners during the recent period, which included protest actions such as boycotting meals until the Israeli Prison Service’s headstrong position drove them to the action of a three-day hunger strike.
The Prisoners’ Society emphasized that delaying treatment for patients should end immediately, and that more medical attention and monitoring should be given to those with chronic conditions.
The recent transfer of Commander Walid Daqqa to Assaf Harofeh Hospital, as well as prisoner Asif Al-Rifai’s battle with cancer, and a group of wounded, plus those who have been in Ramla Clinic for more than two decades such as Mansour Muqada, Nahed Al-Aqraa, and Mutasim Raddad, who all have detrimental medical conditions, have all jointly pushed forward the decision.
The Israeli Prison Service has deliberately employed multiple restrictions for the newly-transferred prisoner to Ramle, including the limitation of access to public telephones, which prevent them from contacting their families for three months, as well as denying the arrival of any clothing during visits.
A plea was issued by Palestinian inmates to all authoritative entities and to their countryfolk to voice their backing and solidarity in the face of the ever-growing criminal acts and abuses committed against them. They said that it is not sufficient to strive to ameliorate their confinement circumstances; liberation has to be the main objective.
The situation of the Palestinian prisoners held in the Israeli occupation prisons is extremely worrying, with over 700 detainees, with 200 prisoners pronounced chronically ill. Especially concerning are the cases of Commander Walid Daqqa and Asif Al-Rifai, the most difficult ones today.