The Permanent Representative of Palestine to the United Nations, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, announced on Thursday, September 16, 2022, that he delivered a message from the family of the Palestinian cancer patient prisoner in the Israeli occupation prisons, Nasser Abu Hamid, to the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG), Antonio Guterres, regarding his serious health condition.
Mansour said, in a press statement, “I received a letter from the family of the great fighter Nasser Abu Hamid addressed to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the dangerous situation of their son, and I, in turn, handed it over to the Director of the Secretary-General’s Office, who handed it to the Secretary-General.”
Mansour added, “Today, I called the mother of the heroic fighter Nasser, to check on his health condition after she visited him this morning. I assured her to do everything we could at the United Nations to defend him and all the Palestinian prisoners and to release him quickly.”
After his family visited him, last Thursday, the Palestinian prisoner, Nasser Abu Hamid, sent a message in which he said, “I bid farewell to my great Palestinian people and I am to join the journey of the martyrs of Palestine, and a large part of them are my companions, and I am happy to meet them – after death.”
Abu Hamid spent more than 30 years in the Israeli occupation’s prisons, as he has been detained since he was a child. He was also subjected to several severe injuries and was chased and pursued.
Abu Hamid was detained again during the Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2002, and the Israeli occupation sentenced him to life imprisonment 7 times and 50 years in prison.
Over the years, the prisoner Abu Hamid was subjected to the crime of medical negligence (slow killing) by the Israeli occupation, and his health began to deteriorate clearly in August of last year. At that time, it was lately discovered that he has lung cancer, due to the Israeli prison administration’s delay in conducting medical examinations for him until he has reached a critical health stage.
It’s noteworthy that the prisoner Abu Hamid has four other brothers inside Israeli occupation jails who are serving life sentences: Muhammad, Nasr, Sharif, and Islam, and his fifth brother, Abdel Moneim, was killed by the occupation forces.