MAPIM Condemns the Death of Palestinian Prisoner in Israeli Jail

Kuala Lumpur, MINA – Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organization (MAPIM) condemned the death of a Palestinian prisoner Bassam Al Sayyeh in Israeli Prison.

“We condemn in the strongest term the medical neglect by israel authorities leading to the recent death of a Palestinian prisoner, Bassam Al Sayyeh,” MAPIM said in a written statement on Monday (9/9).

The organization holds the Israeli government fully responsible for racist crimes committed against Palestinians, including physical and psychological torture and medical negligence of detainees, among other violations, which call for an investigation into these crimes.

“Palestinian prisoner hit by cancer Bassam Al-Sayyeh, from the northern West Bank Nablus district, died in an Israeli prison, due to medical negligence,” said the Palestinian Detention Commission and Former Prisoners.

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Al-Sayyeh was arrested on August 10, 2015, he was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2011 and blood cancer in 2013.

According to Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights organizations, “With regard to adequate medical care, Article 91 (Fourth Geneva Convention) emphasizes that” every prison must have an adequate hospital … “and that” Imprisoned persons should not be prevented from going to the authorities medical examination. “

In addition, Article 92 states that “Medical inspection of detainees will be carried out at least once a month …”. It is clear that cutting medical treatment, or access to a medical professional, is a violation of this specific provision, and therefore a violation of international humanitarian law. “

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Since the Six Day War in 1967, Israel has imprisoned more than 700,000 Arabs, mostly because they are thought to have political crimes. Most of these prisoners are Palestinians. Some died while in detention, while others remained in prison.

In jail, Palestinian prisoners live in appalling conditions and are subjected to harsh treatment. Human rights groups have documented various forms of physical and psychological abuse: arbitrary beatings, excessive use of solitary confinement and the denial of family visits. The UN has concluded some techniques used by the Israeli Shin Bet (General Security Service) during prisoner interrogation constitute torture. (R/Ast/P2

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)