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Another Palestinian political prisoner dies in Israeli prison due to deliberate medical negligence

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Yet another Palestinian political prisoner has died in an Israeli prison due to the medical negligence of the Israeli prison administration.

75-year-old Saadi Al-Gharably was the latest victim in a series of similar cases, bringing the total number of victims to 233 since 1967. The Waed Society for Palestinian Detainees confirmed that Al-Gharably died at the Israeli Kaplan Medical Centre, while he was still handcuffed with his feet bound to his bed until his last breath.

Despite many humanitarian appeals by his family for his release, their calls fell on deaf ears. It seems that his family will have to submit new appeals as his body is still being detained even after his death, for Israeli authorities to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. There has been no comment from Israeli prison authorities on Al-Gharably’s death. Negligence has become the norm in Israeli prisons, with five prisoners having died in the past two years alone. The family have demanded the return of the body, and have refused for an autopsy to be conducted. “We have learnt that my father was in the intensive care unit on ventilators. The last time we visited him was in the year 2000 due to denial of family visitation by Israeli authorities. We demand the urgent return of his body so that we put him to his final rest,” Suhail Al-Gharably, the son of Saadi Al-Gharably told the press.

The prolonged policy of medical negligence is well-known and documented by numerous human rights organisations specialising in prisoners’ affairs. There have been weekly sit-in protests organised by the prisoners’........

© Middle East Monitor