Open letter of support for sick Palestinian prisoners

We invite you to join us in condemning Israel’s inhumane treatment of Palestinian prisoners and calling for proper medical care.

Community Peacemaker Teams – Palestine
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CPT-Palestine expresses our concern for the lives of Palestinian suffering from health complications in Israeli prisons. We invite you to join us in the campaign condemning Israel’s inhumane treatment of Palestinian prisoners. We demand proper medical care be provided and, ultimately, their release from prison.  

In recent days, several Palestinians have lacked proper medical care in Israeli prisons; many of them are at imminent risk of being murdered by the Israeli government. Their situations are as follows:  

Nasser Abu Hamid from the Amari Refugee camp is currently in critical condition. A cancerous tumour was detected in his lungs in August 2021. The Israeli authorities stalled his treatment causing his health to decline. He has been in a coma in the ICU for the past week, with his hands and feet shackled. 

Abdel-Baset Maatan is 49 years old and suffers from two types of cancer in their final stage. The Israeli occupation has detained him without charge or trial since October 2021, refusing to provide him with the medical treatment he needs. The Palestinian Prisoners Club says there is a real fear that the cancer has spread to his lungs.

Fikri Mansour has been on hunger strike for over 50 days, but there has been no recent news regarding his condition. His strike condemns the abuse against him, including the practice of constantly transferring him to solitary confinement.

‎The prisoner ⁦‪Eyad‬⁩ ⁦‪Hrebat‬⁩ is living with acute health conditions and needs surgery. He has been detained since 21 September 2002. ‎Eyad recently contracted a prostate infection, which led to his inability to excrete urine. He was subsequently transferred to the hospital to insert a catheter. ‎Upon his return to prison, the tube ruptured, leading to a laceration in the bladder and prostate, after which he was transferred back to the hospital. 

These are only a few stories of many Palestinian prisoners who need adequate medical treatment and care; access to medical care is not a luxury, it is a basic human right. 

CPT-Palestine joins a broader movement for justice for Palestinian prisoners. We appreciate your support of Palestinian prisoners and human rights, and we encourage you to share their stories to put pressure on the occupying government. We call on the international community to hold Israel accountable for their actions and to protect the lives of prisoners, under the precepts of justice, human rights, and international law.


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