A desperate Palestinian mother’s plea to save her cancer-stricken son
The mother of cancer-stricken Palestinian prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid, who was deprived of visiting him for years, announces hunger strike until her son’s release.
The mother of cancer-stricken Palestinian prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid, Latifa Abu Hamid, launches a hunger strike until her son Nasser is released, drawing the world's attention to the plight of Palestinian prisoners.
On her heartfelt visit, Abu Hamid's mother stated that her son was handcuffed to the bed while being unconscious, as the Israeli occupation forces did not allow her to see him except from a distance.
🇵🇸#Palestine | The mother of the Palestinian political detainee Nasser Abu Hamid who suffers from cancer and medical negligence behind Israeli bars says:"I dreamed to hug him throughout the past 20 years when I went to visit him,I saw him cuffed,I started to shout"Nasser I’m here pic.twitter.com/sfaRrUVFxM— Aya Isleem 🇵🇸 #Gaza (@AyaIsleemEn) January 9, 2022
She said that she could not hug her son, describing the hospital as a military barrack and that the Israeli occupation forces assaulted and humiliated her son Bassil prior to the visit.
Nasser Abu Hamid was taken to the hospital last week after his health deteriorated due to deliberate medical negligence by Israeli occupation authorities, pushing him into a coma.
The mother of Nasser Abu Hamid desperately hopes to see her sick son free.— Eman𓂆🇵🇸 (@Emannajee) January 10, 2022
Free him IMMEDIATELY before it is too late!#FreeThemAll #FreePalestine pic.twitter.com/LPy2vJc2r3
The health condition of Abu Hamid began to deteriorate last August when he experienced excruciating pain in his chest before discovering a lung tumor. The tumor was removed along with 10cm of circumference, before being transferred again to the prison, leading his conditions to worsen. Although the doctors stressed that chemotherapy for Abu Hamid is a dire necessity, yet the Israeli prison authorities are deliberately neglecting his treatment thus jeopardizing his life.
The Palestinian National Council called on international human rights institutions, led by the Red Cross, to intervene for the immediate release of prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid, who has entered a critical stage of lung cancer and is in need of urgent care outside the Israeli prison hospitals.
The Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC) reported on Sunday that prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid's health condition is experiencing a new decline.
Head of the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission, Qadri Abu Bakr, to Sanad Agency:— JENEEN 𓂆 🇵🇸||. (@Jeneen_fayyad) January 9, 2022
A new and noticeable deterioration in the health of prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid, and the occupation prisons administration refuses to transfer him to another hospital.#انقذوا_ناصر_أبو_حميد pic.twitter.com/NOvRXzPn8w
In a press statement on Wednesday, the National Council considered that the occupation's refusal to release Abu Hamid and the rest of the sick prisoners and allow them to receive medical care is a violation of the prisoners' human rights.
The Council also stressed that this constitutes a flagrant violation of Articles 13 and 15 of the Geneva Convention, (Humane treatment of prisoners, and Maintenance of prisoners.)
It called on parliaments in the world to take necessary measures to pressure their governments to intervene in order to stop the suffering of the prisoner Abu Hamid and all sick prisoners in occupation prisons and to release them.
The Council detailed that more than 600 prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons are facing medical neglect, including 4 cancer patients, and at least 14 prisoners with varying tumors.
Nasser Abu Hamid, from Al-Amari camp, Ramallah, is one of five brothers who were [all] sentenced to life by the Israeli authorities. They are Nasr, Nasser, Sharif, and Mohammad, as well as Islam, who was arrested in 2018. The sixth brother is a martyr, Abdel Moneim Abu Hamid. Their mother was deprived of visiting them for years, they lost their father during detention, and their family home was demolished 5 times - the last of which was in 2019.