Captive Movement launches new steps to confront Israeli prison admin
The National Captive Movement says that it will escalate the confrontation against the Israeli prison administration for punitive policies against Palestinian prisoners.
The Supreme National Emergency Committee of the National Captive Movement announced the formation of a special sub-committee for administrative prisoners called the National Emergency Committee in the Israeli occupation prisons.
The Supreme National Emergency indicated that this comes within the framework of working to "escalate the confrontation of the punitive policy of administrative detention against the Palestinian people, which ends with an open hunger strike," noting that the date of the strike and the number of participants will be announced in the coming days.
In a statement, the committee called for "supporting the prisoners in their strike in loyalty for the blood of martyr Khader Adnan, and sounding the alarm not to repeat the crime of execution against any prisoner on hunger strike."
The statement also called on legal, human rights, and media institutions inside and outside Palestine to "stand up to their responsibilities to confront this unjust detention, and to support the administrative prisoners in their struggle against this criminal policy pursued by the occupation authorities against them."
It also called on the free people of the world to launch the largest campaign of solidarity with the prisoner Walid Daqqa and to pressure the occupation to release him before it is too late.
Deliberate medical neglect
Walid Daqqa has been detained since 1986 and was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of resisting the occupation. His sentence was later decreased to 37 years.
The health condition of Palestinian cancer-stricken prisoner Walid Daqqa, 60, continues to deteriorate in light of the medical neglect that he is exposed to by the Israeli occupation's so-called prisons authority.
The reporter of the Prisoners Information Office said the Israeli occupation is still practicing the crime of slow killing against Daqqa, keeping him in the "Ramla" prison clinic despite the deterioration of his condition.
The reporter underlined that Daqqa needs urgent healthcare, but the Israeli occupation refuses to release the prisoner despite his continuous suffering from cancer in the bone marrow, as well as successive health setbacks following the lung-resection operation that he underwent more than a month ago.
In addition to Daqqa, prisoner Asif Al-Rifai, 20, is considered one of the most severe medical cases in Israeli prisons. Recent tests revealed that cancer spread to the majority of his body and that he is suffering psychologically in light of a destroyed morale.
The committee's steps come after the Waed Prisoners' Affairs Association reported last Thursday that over 750 Palestinian prisoners are suffering from chronic and serious illnesses while behind bars, including 23 cancer-stricken patients.
The association stated that the number of sick prisoners increasing is confirmation that "the deliberate medical neglect against them has reached its worst stages, especially in recent months."
The Waed association underlined that the so-called "clinic" in Ramla prison has become the worst and most brutal place inside the prisons. Sick prisoners prefer not to stay there despite their urgent need for treatment and care. However, the practices in the clinic clearly indicate that there are instructions to harm the prisoners in the most efficient ways possible.
Numerous reports have spoken about the Ramla prison clinic, which Palestinian prisoners describe as a "slaughterhouse," as it lacks all basic health standards and is considered worse than the prison itself.