Statement: Medical negligence has become a systematic Israeli policy used against Palestinian prisoners


Last November 26 of 2019, Palestinian prisoner Sami Abu Diyak died in the clinic of the Israeli prison in al-Ramleh for medical negligence.

Abu Diyak was arrested in 2002, and was subjected to intensive interrogations in the prison, where he also suffered various types of physical and psychological torture and was taken to the hospital three times as a result of torture. Afterwards, the military occupation court sentenced Sami Abu Diyak to three life sentences and 30 years in prison.

Before his death, he had turned 17 years, many of them being transferred between prisons, clinics and hospitals, due to his stomach cancer. A disease that appeared in 2015 but was not treated or diagnosed properly in the clinics of the Isarelí prisons.

His critical medical condition was exacerbated by the incorrect diagnosis, and after an operation, he went into a coma for 34 days. Later, Sami was transferred to the al-Ramleh prison clinic, where he began chemotherapy and continued treatment for 8 months. In the last two weeks, Sami was transferred again to the Prison Clinic, which lacks adequate standards of medical care, where he later died.
This is not an isolated case, more than 222 prisoners have died in Israeli prisons since 1967, and 67 of them due to medical malpractice. Currently, the number of sick prisoners amounts to 700.
Medical malpractice has become a systematic Israeli policy used against Palestinian prisoners that should force international organizations, including the ICRC and WHO, to press for Israeli occupation authorities to account for their crimes.

From NOVACT we condemn the systematic violation of Human Rights by the state of Israel, and we join the request of the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council to demand that it comply with international standards.
The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council has also condemned the death of prisoner Sami Abu Diyak in Israeli jails for medical negligence.