• The occupation authorities continue to neglect the health condition of the detainee Abu Kharabish

    The occupation authorities continue to neglect the health condition of the detainee Abu Kharabish

  • Qaraqe' calls to a public participation in the central march on Tuesday at Ramallah

    Qaraqe' calls to a public participation in the central march on Tuesday at Ramallah

  • Very difficult conditions of sick detainees at the clinic of Al-Ramlah prison

    Very difficult conditions of sick detainees at the clinic of Al-Ramlah prison

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    The committee of early release at "Damoon" prison decides to free the detainee Abu Aisheh

  • The Commission of Detainees' Affairs: the world should not believe the Israeli lies and deception

    The Commission of Detainees' Affairs: the world should not believe the Israeli lies and deception

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The occupation authorities continue to neglect the health condition of the detainee Abu Kharabish

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The occupation authorities continue to neglect the health condition of the detainee Abu Kharabish
The lawyer of the Commission of Detainees' Affairs, Kareem Ajweh, stated that the occupation authorities continue to neglect the health condition of the detainee Abu Kharabish (53 years old) from Ein Al-Sultan refugee camp/ Jericho, who is imprisoned since 30 years.
Ajweh pointed out that Abu Kharabish suffers from abdominal pain and high level of cholesterol, after having a surgery in the gall bladder before seven months, and he is only given painkillers.

Qaraqe' calls to a public participation in the central march on Tuesday at Ramallah

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In rejection of the law of retaining the money of Palestinian people, supporting the hunger strike of administrative detainees and demanding the release of martyrs' bodies,

Qaraqe' calls to a public participation in the central march on Tuesday at Ramallah

The chairman of the Commission of Detainees Affairs, Issa Qaraqe', calls Palestinians to participate in the central march next Tuesday in July 17, 2018. This march comes in a protest against retaining the money of Palestinian people under the pretext of helping the families of detainees and martyrs. Moreover, it demands to release the martyrs' bodies and supports the hunger strike of administrative detainees and the boycott of the administrative detention courts.
Qaraqe' stated that the issue of detainees is targeted and needs a real stand to defend them against the arbitrary racist laws which aim to delegitimize the struggle of the Palestinian people.
Qaraqe' also pointed out that continuing the hunger strike by administrative detainees and boycotting the administrative detentions courts is a step to  expose the Israeli judiciary, which has become a tool suppression.
The central march coincides with the hearing of the Israeli Supreme Court on handing the bodies of 8 martyrs retained by the occupation authorities, where more than 254 martyrs' bodies are still held in the Israeli cemetery of figures.

Very difficult conditions of sick detainees at the clinic of Al-Ramlah prison

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The Commission of Detainees Affairs stated in its report yesterday that the life conditions of sick detainees at the clinic of Al-Ramlah prison is getting worse day by day, due to the policy of medical negligence and depriving them of proper medical treatment.
The lawyer Mu'taz Shqairat stated after visiting Al-Ramlah prison that the detainees' suffering increases with the inspections conducted by Israeli forces which last for hours, where sick detainees are treated in a degrading way without paying attention to their health conditions.
Shqiarat monitored many cases in the clinic, including the detainee Iyad Hraibat (53 years old) from Dura/ Hebron, whose health condition is getting worse. He suffers from neurological disease which causes him a continuous shiver in his body. He also cannot sleep due to severe pains, though the medical team at the clinic gives him painkillers only.
As for the detainee Saleh Abdulraheem Saleh from Balata refugee camp/ Nablus, his health condition deteriorated during the past few days. He is disabled and uses a wheelchair due to his injury with four bullets when he was arrested.
Regarding the detainee Sami Abu Dyak (35 years old) from Jenin, he suffers from tumors in the intestines, and his health is constantly deteriorating after having three surgeries. 80 cm of his intestines were removed at Soroka Hospital aboust two year ago. During the past few days he lost 4kgs of his weight due to the chemotherapy.
There are 14 sick detainees in the clinic: Khaled Shaweesh, Mansour Mukade, Mo'tasem Raddad, Ayman Kurd, Yousef Nawaj'a, Ashraf Abu Alhuda, Nahed Al-Akra', Saleh Omar Saleh, Muhammad Abu Khdair, Ahmad Al-Masri, Sami Abu Dyak, Muhammad Salem Ezz-Aldeen Karajat and Iyad Hraibat.

The committee of early release at "Damoon" prison decides to free the detainee Abu Aisheh

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The lawyer, Ali Al-Sa'di, from the Commission of Detainees' Affairs, stated today that the so-called committee of early release at Damoon prison accepted the request of the commission related to releasing the detainee Ataya Khalil Abu Aisheh (32 years old) from Kufr Akab/ Jerusalem.
Al-Sa'di pointed out that the committee in its session, which was held yesterday, decided to freeze the order of release for 7 days under the pretext of giving the Israeli prosecution extra period of time for appeal.
He also mentioned that the occupation authorities have arrested Abu Aisheh in 15/12/2015, with the charge of committing stabbing attack at Jerusalem, claiming that she had a screwdriver. She was transferred to Maskoobya interrogation center and then to Damoon prison.
Al-Sa'di stated that the Central Court of occupation at Jerusalem has issued a sentence of 5 years of imprisonment against Abu Aisheh in 2016. After few months, the court agreed to mitigate the sentence to 4 year of imprisonment.

The Commission of Detainees' Affairs: the world should not believe the Israeli lies and deception

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After the Australian announcement of stopping the financial support to the Palestinian Authority under the pretext of "Detainees' salaries"
The Commission of Detainees' Affairs: the world should not believe the Israeli lies and deception
The Commission of Detainees' Affairs announced today in a statement that the countries of the world should not believe the Israeli lives and deception and its failed attempts to criminalize the legitimate Palestinian struggle to reverse the facts, especially the attack on the allocations of the martyrs, wounded and detainees' families.
Israeli is an occupying state that practices the worst policies of oppression and murder against Palestinian people, and represents terrorism in the region and the world. However, the Australian position was consistent with the perspective of the repressive occupation state.
The Australian government announced on Monday the suspension of the financial aid of the Palestinian Authority under the pretext of "fearing to use it to help Palestinians who are convicted of politically motivated violence", referring to the PA's allowances for detainees in Israeli jails.
The Commission stated that the world has to stand by the victim against the occupying entity that enacts racist laws that allow the suppression of Palestinians. A case in point is the law of execution of detainees, the law of retaining the martyrs' bodies and the law of force-feeding.
The Commission pointed out that the Israeli government allocates a huge budget for supporting the Israeli prisoners who committed murders and assaults against Palestinians. With refusing the comparison between Jewish terrorist prisoners and Palestinian detainees, the Palestinian detainees are freedom fighters and legitimate strugglers, who fought for the right of self-determination, as guaranteed by the resolutions of the United Nations and the International law.
The statement also pointed out that caring of the families of martyrs, detainees, disabled and wounded is stipulated in article 22 of the Basic Law of Palestine, which is considered a constitution of the Palestinian state since the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority. It also stipulates that what is paid to the families of these freedom fighters does for food, housing, education and health care.
The commission also stated that caring of families affected by the occupation is one of the legal, regulatory and administrative components of the Palestinian political system. Accordingly, the Ministry of Detainees' Affairs was established, which was later turned into a commission. Caring of detainees' families was regulated by Law No. 19 of 2014 and Law No. 1 of 2013 regarding the amendment of the aforementioned law of detainees, where five executive regulations have been approved to apply this law.
Moreover, the commission added that caring of the detainees and martyrs' families began in 1965 with the outbreak of the modern Palestinian revolution. That was established through the institution of detainees and martyrs before the establishment of the PA. Thus, caring of detainees and martyrs' families is a genuine ideological part of the Palestinian history and the march of the Palestinian struggle. 

Report to the Chairman and Members of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices in the Occupied Territories

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“The Moral And Legal Responsibility Of The Doctors Of The Administration Of The Prisons Of The Occupation In Treating Sick Prisoners And The Policy Of Medical Negligence Against Them”

Amman, Jordan


Issa Qaraqe
Head of Commission of Detainees & Ex- Detainees - Palestine

Repeatedly, the Israeli occupation has violated and bypassed the simplest of international laws and international community decisions. In violation of the provisions of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention relating to the protection of the civilian population in time of war, Israel has continued to detain Palestinians inside its own territory. The Occupation has also repeatedly ignored the health rights of Palestinian detainees, guaranteed to them by the Convention. According to the FGC, the occupying authorities must provide medical care to the detainees, including:

• To provide appropriate care in every detention center supervised by a qualified doctor, in which detainees receive the medical care they require.
• Work to secure a healthy diet.
• To transfer detainees with serious illnesses or who require special treatment, surgery or hospital treatment to a facility where appropriate treatment is available.
• Detainees must not be prevented from presenting themselves to the medical authorities for examination. The medical authorities of the detaining power shall provide each detainee upon his or her request with an official certificate indicating the nature of the illness or injury and the period of treatment and care provided to him or her.
• The Geneva Convention obliges the treatment of detainees as well as the installation of any devices or health equipment necessary to maintain their health in good condition.
• The Occupying Power must conduct medical examinations of the detainees at least once a month to monitor the general health, nutrition and hygiene situation as well as to detect any diseases that may have infected detainees.
• Provide special medical care for women, especially pregnant women, and take into consideration their health needs.
• Enable Palestinian detainees in general and patients in particular to communicate with their families and promote regular visits to the families of detainees.

The Israeli occupation authorities have not met these obligations, and their treatment of prisoners continues to contradict the basic principles of the treatment of prisoners adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1978 and 1990. This code of conduct is meant to affirm the protection of prisoners' health and medical care of detained persons. This code classified any violation of the basic health needs and requirements of the detainees by the detaining power to be inhumane treatment, thus violating basic international law.

The prisoners were subjected to systematic physical and psychological methods of torture, which hurt and weaken the bodies of many of them. These methods include: denial of real medical care, deliberate delay in providing treatment to sick and wounded prisoners, and the oppression, humiliation and torture by the detention and interrogation teams.

The methods of weakening the will and the body form a potent and tragic pairing that is implemented routinely by the Israeli occupation, which claims to be democratic. Their political and judicial systems have legalized torture and psychological pressure against Palestinian and Arab prisoners and detainees, in a way unseen in the rest of the world, in violation of many international treaties and conventions.

By monitoring the health situation of the prisoners, it became clear that the level of health care for the prisoners is very bad; it is insubstantial and almost non-existent. We can conclude this through the testimonies of the prisoners, the rise of the numbers of martyrs among them, the increasing number of patients and the reports of local and international institutions concerned with human rights. These sources have repeatedly indicated that the Israeli Prisons Authority have used health treatment as a bargaining tool in its dealings with Palestinian detainees in violation of articles 29, 30 and 31 of the Third Geneva Convention, and Articles 91 and 92 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. These articles provide for the right of treatment and medical care, the provision of appropriate medicines for sick prisoners, and periodic medical examinations of the detainee population.

Medical clinics in Israeli jails and detention centers have also been found to lack the minimum standard of health services, equipment, medical supplies and specialist doctors in order to examine and treat the multitude cases. This understaffing meant that the detonation authorities have continuously prescribed the only magic medicine available to it Acamol (the Israeli equivalent to Ibuprofen). Acamol is prescribed as treatment for every disease and illness in side prisons. Prison authorities have also repeatedly delayed the transfer of difficult cases to hospitals. Worse still, the transfer of sick and wounded prisoners is carried out by an unhealthy closed car, rather than by ambulances. Their hands and feet are often handcuffed, not to mention the harsh and cruel treatment they undergo during the transport process.

In this context, it is necessary to review a number of health violations by Israeli prison authorities against Palestinian and Arab prisoners and detainees in their prisons and detention centers. Many of these violations are based on a policy of deliberate medical negligence, procrastination and medical crimes. These even include surgical procedures for many illnesses and injuries that do not meet the basic aspects of the ethics of the medical profession; which caused the death of many sick and injured prisoners. Theses can be summarized as follows:

1. Repeated medical negligence and procrastination in providing treatment and refraining from conducting surgical operations for sick prisoners, except after the patient's fellow prisoners used forms of protest methods in order to meet their demands. This includes the failure to provide appropriate treatment for the sick prisoners, each according to the nature of his illness. Israeli doctors in detention centers are the only doctors in the world who treats all diseases with a painkiller or a cup of water.

2. Lack of specialized doctors in the detention centers, such as ophthalmologists or Otolaryngology which caused many medical errors that led in turn to a serious deterioration in the health of sick prisoners. This extended to the lack of specialist and on call doctors during the night to treat emergencies.

3. Lack of psychotherapists to treat the many psychological cases, which require special medical supervision.

4. The absence of medical devices to assist people with special needs, such as prosthetic limbs, medical glasses, respirators and inhalers for asthma patients and chronic respiratory infections. In cases where such devices have been provided, the prison authorities oblige the detainees to pay for them.

5. Not providing healthy meals suitable for prisoners to suit chronic diseases such as diabetes, pressure, heart, kidney and others.

6. Lack of quarantine rooms for patients with contagious diseases, such as acute viral infections, infection and scabies, which risk the rapid spread of the disease among the prisoners. This problem is only magnified due to overcrowding in prisons. The issue extends to the absence of special rooms for prisoners with psychiatric and neurological diseases who could pose a threat to the lives of their fellow detainees.

7. The transfer of sick prisoners to hospitals while handcuffed in freight cars without ventilation, instead of transporting them in ambulances that equipped and comfortable.
8. Deprivation of prisoners with chronic diseases from receiving their medication, as a form of punishment inside the prison. This can be extended to the examining of the detainees simply by looking at them without touching them or talking to them mostly from behind the barred and locked cell doors.

9. The sick prisoners suffer from poor conditions of detention and inappropriate places of detention: lack of ventilation, extreme humidity and overcrowding. This is in addition to the severe shortage of general cleaning materials, pesticides, and extreme heat in summer and extreme cold in winter. In its decision of June 13, 2017, the Israeli Supreme Court recognized that prison authorities do not guarantee humanitarian conditions and dignity for prisoners, ergo the Court ruled to increase the area allocated to prisoners and detainees in Israeli prisons.

10. The use of violence and abuse against prisoners, including patients. This includes the use of tear gas to suppress them; which exacerbates the seriousness of their health issues. It also includes punitive measures against prisoners causing the further deterioration of their psychological condition. Other measures include: procrastination in providing treatment and transportation to external hospitals, confining visitation rights, sudden night inspections, solitary detention, and forcing prisoners to take off their clothes in a humiliating manner.

11. The Ramle prison hospital, where sick prisoners are most often transferred, is in need of medical and health supplies. It is no different from the prison in the procedures and cruel treatment of the sick prisoners.

12. The female prisoners suffer from the absence of a specialist or a female gynecologist, thus they are often treated by a general practitioner. The need for a specialist is most pronounced among the women prisoners who were arrested while pregnant and in need of health follow-up, especially during pregnancy and childbirth.

 13. Provision of expired medicines to prisoners.

14. Exploitation of the detainee's health as interrogators pressure sick or injured prisoner to extract confessions.

15. Failure to provide treatment for the injured and sick prisoners and detention in unhealthy conditions, which aggravate their suffering and increase their pain, while putting their lives in jeopardy.

16. Prohibiting the entry of external doctors into prisons to conduct independent examinations and treatments of sick prisoners.

17. The majority of requests for the early release of sick prisoners with serious health conditions were rejected. Worst still is the refusal of the GoI to consider the majority of complaints from prisoners or human rights organizations about the medical negligence of prisoners of patients.

18. Leave the wounded prisoners who are injured during detention without treatment for long periods of time. This was the case with the martyr Raed Salhi, who was left to bleed for more than an hour and a half before being transferred to hospital to die on 3/9/2017. Another example was what happened with the martyr Yassin Saradih, who was shot from point blank and was severely beaten without being provided with medical treatment until he died on 22/2/2018.

19. Isolation of prisoners in solitary cells for long periods, including sick prisoners, which aggravate their health and psychological suffering. As well as the isolation of prisoner with mental diseases in the cells and not transfer them to specialized hospitals, which leads to the severe deterioration of their health

20. The enactment of the Law on Forced Feeding in July 2015 against hunger strikers, in violation of the Tokyo Declaration and the principles of the World Medical Association, which it considered to constitute torture, cruel, and inhumane treatment and a threat to the life of the prisoner.

21. The use of violent and cruel means against the hunger strikers, as was the case in the prisoners' strike on 17/4/2017, which lasted for 42 days. This led to the serious deterioration of health conditions for a number of prisoners.

According to the statistics of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs (CDA) the number of sick prisoners held in Israeli prisons reached 1,800 prisoners, constituting 27.7% of the total number of prisoners. (700) prisoners are in need of urgent therapeutic intervention, including cancer patients, and dozens of prisoners who suffer from various disabilities (physical, psychological, mental and sensory). These figures, despite their sheer magnitude, refer only to those prisoners who have developed diseases and have undergone testing. It is estimated that the number is even higher and may be doubled if comprehensive checks were carried out on the rest of the prisoner population; especially in light of the continuation of the conditions and factors that have led to the emergence and spread of diseases. It is common to find diseases such as cancer of the lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, stomach and intestines, as well as diabetes, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, and skin diseases. The latter form of diseases represents a danger to the patient and his colleagues in captivity. These can also be accompanied by pain that the prisoner would suffer from throughout the period of imprisonment, and even remains associated with them post-liberation; and in many cases could cause of the deaths of hundreds of them. The martyrdom of hundreds of prisoners inside the prisons of the occupation as a result of disease, or after their release by a short period of time gives a dangerous indication that the occupation made the prison a place to inflict diseases. These diseases tend to linger and haunt the prisoners after the liberation; they cause their death slowly and painfully.

According to the statistics of the CDA, the number of sick prisoners held in the so-called "Ramla Prison Clinic" was 15 sick prisoners suffering from severe health and life-threatening conditions. Some of them had been in this clinic for more than 10 years. The Israeli occupation authorities have often delayed making decisions with regards to their well-being. The Israeli authorities have often also delayed their transfer to specialized hospitals for the necessary tests or for urgent operations. Among the most serious cases are: Mu'tasim Raddad, Khaled Shawish, Mansur Muqada, Ayman al-Kurd, Yousef Nawaja, Ashraf Abu al-Huda, Nahd al-Aqra, Saleh Omar 'Abd al-Rahim Salih, and Maha Dhaik, Ahmed Al Masri, Ahmed Zaqzouq, Ayad Haribat, Riad Al Amour, Mohammad Braash, Yusri Al Masri, Raja'i Abdul Qader, Fuad Al Shobaki, Esraa Jabais, Abla Al Adam and others.

According to the CDA, 215 prisoners have been died in Israeli jails since 1967, including 62 prisoners due to medical negligence and the lack of treatment. The last of them was Aziz Awaisat, who was martyred on May 20, 2018. His body is still being held by the occupation forces.

During the years 2017 - 2018, the CDA submitted 150 complaints to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) regarding the medical negligence of sick prisoners. Only 15 cases were replied to and the responses claimed that these prisoners were being treated for their illnesses.

During the same period, the CDA submitted 15 requests for the early release of prisoners with serious medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease, paralysis and mental illness. All applications were rejected and some prisoners died inside the prison after refusing their release for health reasons.

The Ethical Responsibility of IPS Physicians in Treatment of Detainees:

Physicians are responsible for the health and safety of prisoners and before the ethics of the medical profession and international codes of conduct. They are obliged to prevent, expose and report on torture, and obligated to perform their professional duty to provide treatment for patients and those who suffer among them.

The doctors of the IPS have routinely violated international laws and norms in the treatment of sick prisoners and turned into of soldiers, torturers and therapists at the same time. They betrayed their Hippocratic Oath and turned into active partners in neglect and ill-treatment of prisoners and part of the tool of repression against prisoners. They have constantly neglected medical and professional duties or abstained from reporting on medical negligence and abuse as well as torture or violence. Thus they have become participants in repression and concealment.

Israeli doctors have violated the 1955 World Physicians' Declaration on the Role of Physicians in Armed Conflict, the Universal Declaration of Civil and Political Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Tokyo Declaration of 1956, which defined the role of doctors as discouraging or condemning participation in torture or inhumane or degrading treatment, regardless of the guilt committed by the victim. The doctors of the IPS have also violated the United Nations Declaration 1982, which established the principles of medical ethics and the role of doctors in the protection of prisoners and detainees from torture and inhumane treatment. These violations are highlighted in the following facts:

1) The consent of doctors to torture and the exercise of psychological pressure as well as the application of the theories of psychology to be used in torture and persecution instead of being a means of treatment.

2) Doctors' approval of torture and psychological pressure on detainees during interrogation, including wounded and injured detainees as well as the participation of doctors in trading treatment in return for confessions.

3) Providing consultations and reports on the situation of detainees that allow torture to be practiced against them.

4) The condoning of doctors of arbitrary laws and legislation that violate the ethics of the medical profession such as the law of forced feeding.

5) Failure to submit reports and complaints to the responsible authorities or to the medical unions about cases of failure to treat or ill-treatment of detainees.

The Case of Martyr Aziz Awaisat:

Martyr Aziz 'Awaisat, 52, resident of Jabal al-Mukaber in Jerusalem, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He has been in captivity since 2014. He was subjected to an open heart operation prior to his arrest in 1998 to remove a heart tumor and in 2013 he underwent cardiac catheterization.

Despite the knowledge of the doctors of the prison administration of his health and that he was sick, he was brutally assaulted to death on 2/5/2018 in the cells of the prison of Ishel by the jailers under the pretext of spraying one of the jailers with hot water. Awaisat was transferred to Ramle prison and then to Assaf Harofeh Hospital, where he was in serious condition with several severe heart attacks.

The CDA requested the urgent release of the prisoner Owaisat due to the seriousness of his health condition. The court a hearing for him on 25/5/2018 at the Magistrate's Court in Ramleh, but the serious condition of the prisoner led to his death before the meeting date on 20/5/2018.

According to the testimony of the prisoner Firas Mohammed Omri, a resident of the village of Sandala inside the Green Line, who reported that he met with the martyr Awaisat during his transfer in the bus to the hospital after the attack on 7/5/2018, he noticed blue bruises around the eyes of the prisoner Awaisat that stretch up in the middle of his nose with blood clots around his lips.

The prisoner Omar said that the martyr Awaisat said that 10 jailers attached him in the cell and beat him brutally and harshly.

Omari said he noticed that the Awaisat was breathing heavily, gasping and complained of pain in his chest and difficulty in breathing and that his throat was dry constantly.

In another testimony, the prisoner Eyal Ben Moshe, who was sentenced to 61 months, said that there was a small window in the cell room and saw the prisoner being taken to room 6, the jailers tied him to the bed by the hands and feet. He was then attacked with loud blows and he heard a voice screaming in Arabic at one time.

I asked one of the jailers, Oren Bunker about it, he said “the fate of whoever assaults a soldier and pours hot water upon him is death).

According to the report of the medical autopsy at the Israeli Forensic Medical Center Abu Kabir on 25/5/2018 with the participation of the Palestinian physician Ryan Al Ali, a forensic medical consultant and the director of the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Palestine, the cause of the death of the martyr Awaisat was a drop in the heart muscle caused by the exhaustion, calcification of the arteries, enlargement of the muscles and size of the heart, blocked valves and pneumonia.

The autopsy report said Aweysat suffered from trauma to the heart with signs of organ failure.

The Case of the Prisoner Hassan Al-Tamimi:

Prisoner Hassan Abdul Khaliq Mezher al-Tamimi 18 years old, resident of Deir Nizam, Ramallah, was arrested on 7/4/2018. He was ill before his arrest. He suffers from kidney and liver problems due to impaired protein absorption. He has suffered from this condition since childhood. He requires a specific diet and constant treatment to cope with this condition. Failure of adherence to these conditions could cause significant health risks.

During his stay in Ofer Prison, beginning with his arrest, he was subjected to medical negligence by the prison administration and doctors who failed to provide him with the necessary medication and food. This led to the deterioration of his medical condition, which forced the IPS to transfer him to a private Israeli hospital on 27/5/2018.

According to his lawyer, Ahmed Safiya, Tamimi stayed for two hours in the hospital without treatment. The lawyer had to intervene with the doctors to attend to him due to the state of his health. Tamimi was transferred immediately, under the artificial respirators, to the intensive care unit.

The lawyer had asked for his early release before his health deteriorated while he was in prison, but the prison administration did not set a date to consider this the request. Safiya said that the prison administration, after the deterioration of the health of Al-Tamimi and after being transferred to the hospital, decided to release him. Before they did, unfortunately, Tamimi lost his sight.

Attorney Safia said that the doctors of the Israeli prison Ofer, where the prisoner Tamimi was being held, knew about his health and about his medical reports and the type of medicines and food needed for him were handed over to them since his arrest. However, they neglected to implement these instructions.

• Work to release all sick prisoners with serious health conditions, especially those with cancer, people with disabilities and paralysis, so that their families and their families can take care of them.

• Forming a fact-finding committee of the signatories to the Geneva Convention or the Human Rights Council to visit detention centers and prisons and to review the conditions detention and treatment of the Israeli occupation of detainees and its accordance with international standards in providing health care for detainees.

• Call on the World Health Organization and the International Red Cross to activate their role in visiting sick prisoners and follow up on their health, as well as to work towards improving the conditions of their treatment.

• Call on the United Nations and international parliaments to move to repeal the forced-feeding law against striking prisoners, approved by the Israeli government, and to repeal a bill that would bar Palestinians from filing complaints with the Israeli Supreme Court.

• Call on the International Criminal Court to expedite the opening of investigations into the martyrdom of prisoners in prisons because of medical negligence and failure to provide the necessary treatment for them as well as hold Israeli officials and doctors in Israeli prisons responsible for these crimes committed against the sick prisoners.

• Call on the United Nations to raise the issue of the health situation of prisoners in prisons at all levels and hold a special conference under its auspices on the rights of prisoners in Israeli prisons and the violations and the responsibilities of the international community, associations and medical institutions in this regard.

Postponement of the hearing of considering the request of early release for the sick detainee Raja'y Abdulqader

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The lawyer, Yousef Nasasreh, from the Commission of Detainees Affairs, stated that the so-called "early release committee" at Negev prison decided to postpone the hearing of considering the request of early release for the sick detainee Raja'y Abdulqader, until they appoint a new date for the hearing.
The hearing was supposed to be held tomorrow on 25/6/2018, but was postponed due to transferring the detainee to Ishil prison.
Nasasreh pointed out that the detainee was transferred since two weeks from Negev prison into Ishil prison in order to be close from Soroka Hospital to have chemotherapy.
It is worthy to mention that the detainee Raja'y Abdulqader is from the city of Ramallah. He has liver and lung cancer and his health condition has recently worsened with losing 6 kg of his weight. He suffers from pains in the chest and liver and has dizziness. 

Extending the period of detention for the detainee Safa' Abu Hussain until next Monday

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The lawyer, Kareem Ajweh, from the Commission of Detainees Affairs stated on Thursday that the Israeli occupation court at Ashkelon decided to extend the period of detention for the detainee Safa' Abu Hussain under the pretext of continuing the interrogation until next Monday.
He also stated that the decision of extending the period of detention is to be for five days, in addition to prevent her from the lawyer's visit until the end of the day.

Israeli violations against Palestinian detainees

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The Israeli state of occupation still practices clear violations against Palestinian detainees, whether during arrests, interrogation, house inspections or later inside the prisons.
These violations increased during the last three years, especially through arresting Palestinian children, the change in laws and military regulations and the spreading in the administrative detention policy.

In this summery the focus will be on three axes of the total Israeli violations against detainees.
First: administrative detention is an alternative of the regular criminal procedures and a tool of torture and collective punishment.
Administrative detention is a detention without charge or trail based on secret file and confidential evidences. According to the Israeli military orders, it can be renewed once or many times without fixing the date of release, where there are many Palestinians who served long years inside Israeli jails under the administrative detention without knowing the reason of their detention.
Administrative detention is an extreme measure. However, it is allowed to use for security reasons and under set of judicial proceedings and strict restriction, if implemented. As the Israeli occupation authorities have misused the exceptional international approval and did not comply with the stringent restrictions set by the international law. It made the administrative detention a consistent policy in dealing with Palestinians, and resorted to it as an easy option to justify the detention of citizens without charges or trails based on the so-called "secret file". Moreover, the Israeli authorities made the administrative detention as a collective punishment for tens of thousands of Palestinian citizens, which violates the rules of international law.
The Israeli occupation authorities have issued more than 52.000 administrative detention orders since 1967, where there are 450 administrative detainees in jails. They entered a strike in which they boycott the Israeli military courts since 15/2/2018, and they are likely to conduct a hunger strike very soon.
Second: child detention
The Convention on the Rights of the Child stipulates that no child shall be deprived of his freedom unlawfully or arbitrarily, and that the child should be arrested or detained in accordance with the law and the detention may be exercised only as a last resort and for the shortest possible period of time.
There many international laws applicable to the case of Palestinian children, such as: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Model Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners of 1955, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, the Convention against Torture of 1985, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989.
Although Israeli ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, the implementation is stopped, where Israel's methods of detention contradicts the provisions of the convention to which it is a party.
While the Convention on the Rights of the Child considers every person under the age of 18 to be a child, the Israeli military law applicable to Palestinian children defines a child as a person under the age of 12.
The Israeli government has enforced a series of laws enabling the detention of minors and prosecuting them in military courts, such as: the law of raising the punishment of imprisonment for children who throw stones for 10 years as well as the law of imposing real imprisonment against children from Jerusalem for 2-4 years. In addition, they withdrew the national insurance benefits, forcing them to pay compensation to the injured Israelis.
On November 25, 2015, the Israeli Knesset passed a draft bill allowing children under the age of 14 to be tried and imprisoned, where it is related to children from Jerusalem who are subordinate to the Israeli Civil Juvenile Law.
Third: transferring detainees to prisons inside the occupied territories
The Israeli military law and the emergency regulations authorize transferring Palestinian detainees from the occupied territories to the state of Israel. The military law also permits detention trials within the jurisdiction of the occupying stat, not just in occupied territories.
Palestinian detainees are currently distributed in 18 jails inside the occupying state, except for Ofer prison, the only prison which exists in the occupied Palestinian territories. The number of detainees reached to 6400 according to the last statistics in 1/3/2018.
However, transferring Palestinian detainees to inside the occupying state constitutes a flagrant violation to the International Humanitarian Law and the constitutional standards adopted by the Israeli court. Despite the Israeli court's recognition of the International Law, it found a legal way in which it is convinced that transferring Palestinian detainees is a Palestinian interest. 
Violating the International Humanitarian Law
International humanitarian law and the Fourth Geneva Convention of (1949) specifically prohibit the arbitrary transfer of civilians and detainees.
(Article 49) of Geneva Convention
"The collective or individual forcible transfer of protected persons or their exile from the occupied territories to the territories of the occupying state shall be prohibited. Moreover, the occupying state shall not deport or transfer part of its civilian population into the territories it occupies".
Article (66) of Geneva Convention explains that the occupying state may adjudicate those who breach their laws, under the condition that these courts be held inside the occupied country. This contradicts the Israeli situation in which detainees are held and prosecuted in courts inside Israel.
Clause 76 of the aforementioned convention stipulates that protected persons accused of committing a misdemeanor must be detained in the occupied country, and if convicted, they should be punished within the occupied country.
Although the clauses and articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention cited above shall be respected by the occupying state, the state of Israel continues to breach the provisions of this convention within the approval of the Israeli Supreme Court.
Violating the International Law of Human Rights
It is worth to address the grave violation caused by the transfer of detainees and prosecuting them inside the Israeli territories. It is represented in violating the detainees' rights, the right to family communication and the right to adequate legal representation.
Reports of human rights organizations pointed out the violations caused by transferring detainees from occupied territories into Israel. The most prominent violation is depriving them of the right to have an adequate legal representation and a fair trial. The violations resulting from transferring detainees constitute a clear violation of the United Nations conventions on human rights, especially the Convention on the Defense of Political and Civil Rights.
Human rights organizations submitted two petitions to the Israeli Supreme Court against transferring detainees in prisons inside Israel on 8/11/1988, and on 28/3/2010. However, the Supreme Court rejected the petitions, arguing that Israeli Law is superior to the International Humanitarian Law.
Laws and legislations against detainees' rights
2017, 2016 and 2015 witnessed an escalation in legislating racist and arbitrary laws by the Israeli government in support of the occupation and settlements, which contradict detainees'' rights and principles of Human Rights. 185 laws and draft bills were drafted by the Israeli Knesset since 2015, which targeted the rights of Palestinian people and their right of self-determination, including;
The law of detainees' execution
The Israeli Knesset passed its first reading on January 3, 2018 to the so-called (bill of execution for those who perform operations), which was submitted by 3 extremist deputies in 30/10/2017.
The draft law stipulates that the Defense Minister orders the commander of the army to sentence the execution without requiring the consensus of the Commission, but only by regular majority, and that no court is entitled to mitigate the sentence issued by the military court, and that the law is applicable only to Palestinians. This law violates the international and legal obligations of Israel which require fair trials and respect the dignity of detainees.

Draft bill to deduct allocations of martyrs and detainees from the dues of the Palestinian Authority
 On 11 June, the Israeli Knesset approved the first reading of the draft bill to deduct the allowances of detainees and the returns of martyrs and wounded people from the tax revenues transferred by the Israeli authorities to the Palestinian Authority.
Draft bill to prevent the visits of those detainees who belong to factions that hold Israelis
On June 18, 1977, the Knesset member Oron Hazan submitted a bill that bans the visit of Palestinian detainees belonging to a Palestinian organization that holds Israelis and preventing visits by lawyers and Red Cross representatives.
Draft bill to allow retaining martyrs' bodies
The Israeli Minister of the Internal Security, Gilad Erdan, and the Minister Justice, Shakid, announced on January 3, 2018 that they will submit a bill to the Israeli Knesset enabling the detention of the bodies of the martyrs for the purpose of bargaining and negotiations and reducing the powers of the Israeli Supreme Court and subjugating them to the will of the government.
Arbitrary field execution instead of detention
Extrajudicial execution against Palestinians continued in 2017, and the deliberate killing became a normal act and a systematic policy of the occupation authorities. The soldiers turned to judges and executioners at the same time, and the martyrs who were executed did not pose any threat to the lives of soldiers, as the Israeli government claims, but they could have been arrested. This was encouraged by the Israeli prime minister, where the killers are not punished, but only subjected to unreal prosecution. A case in point is what happened with the Israeli soldier Azaria, who executed the martyr, Abdul Fattah al-Sharif, on 24/3/2016 in the city of Hebron after the martyr was wounded.  The soldier was sentenced to 18 months and his sentence was reduced to 14 months.
Another case in point is executing the disabled Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, 29 years old, from Al Shate' refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.


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