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Bassam al-Sayeh, Faris Baroud and the Slow Murder of Palestinian Prisoners  

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19.09.2019

Bassam al-Sayeh was the latest victim of medical negligence in Israeli prisons. The 47-year-old Palestinian from Nablus died on September 8.

The last of such tragic cases is that of Faris Baroud who passed away in Nafha prison on February 6.

In 2011, al-Sayeh was diagnosed with bone and blood cancer, according to Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network, Samidoun. A few years later, he was arrested by Israeli occupation soldiers. In 2015, an Israeli military court sentenced him to life in prison for his alleged role in the killing of an Israeli officer in the West Bank.

Organizations and rights activists who have been following the case had repeatedly warned that al-Sayeh’s life was in jeopardy, as the cancer patient was held under extremely harsh conditions in Ramleh prison with little medical attention, before being transferred to Afuleh hospital. By that time, al-Sayeh’s condition had irreparably deteriorated. Little could have been done to save his life.

In a statement issued on September 9, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) held Israel responsible for al-Sayeh’s death. Other groups highlighted the fact that medical negligence is a tool used by Israeli prison authorities to further punish Palestinians who resist the Israeli occupation, even after their arrest and sentencing.

According to the prisoners’ rights group, Samidoun, “Al-Sayeh is the 221st Palestinian prisoner to........

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