Ref: 108/2013

 

The
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) calls for an immediate and
independent investigation into the circumstances of the death of a Palestinian
prisoner, Hassan al-Turabi, in Affoula Hospital inside Israel on Tuesday, 05
November 2013. PCHR is deeply concerned that the Israeli authorities may have
delayed offering Abu Hamdiya timely and adequate medical treatment for his
condition. Furthermore, PCHR further condemns Israel’s ignorance of repeated
calls to release al-Turabi who was suffering from leukaemia.

 

Hassan
‘Abdul Halim ‘Abdul Qader al-Turabi, 23, from Surra village near Nablus, died
on Tuesday morning, 05 November 2013, in Affoula Hospital inside Israel where
he was receiving medical treatment for leukaemia. 

 

Israeli
forces arrested al-Turabi from his house in Surra village on 07 January 2013
although they knew that he was suffering from leukaemia.  The Israeli military prosecutor accused
al-Turabi of being a member of Islamic Jihad and joining and one of its armed
cells.  His health condition deteriorated
3 weeks ago in Mageddo Prison inside Israel as a result of a burst of blood
vessels and severe blood vomiting, so he was evacuated to ‘Affoula
Hospital.  He was admitted into the
intensive care unit, where it was found that he was suffering from 3 clots in
the neck, the chest and the abdomen.  Two
days later, Israeli forces cancelled the order of his detention, but he was
kept in the hospital because his condition was critical.

 

Al-Turabi’s
death highlights the deterioration of detention conditions of Palestinian
prisoners in Israeli jails, including repressive measures against them, medical
negligence they are subject to and the failure to provide necessary medical
treatment to hundreds of patients, especially those who suffer from serious
diseases.

 

With
al-Turabi’s death, the number of Palestinian prisoners who died in Israeli
jails in 2013 has risen to 3.  On 02
April 2013, Maisara Abu Hamdiya, 64, from Hebron, died in Soroka Military
Hospital in Israel, where he was receiving medical treatment for throat cancer;
and on 23 February 2013, Arafat Jaradat, 30, from Hebron, died as a result of
torture methods he was subjected to during interrogation in Mageddo Prison
inside Israel.  

 

PCHR holds Israeli authorities fully
responsible for al-Turabi’s death, and:

 

1. Calls for an immediate and independent
investigation into al-Turabi’s death;

2. Calls upon the international community to
compel Israel to respect international law and humanitarian law, in particular
the Fourth Geneva Convention and the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the
Treatment of Prisoners; and

3. Expresses concern regarding the
deterioration of health conditions of hundreds of Palestinians who are
currently detained in Israeli prisons and detention centres due to medical
negligence, and calls for immediately transferring prisoners who suffer from
serious diseased to hospital in order to receive adequate medical treatment.