Ramallah, occupied West Financial institution – Calls are rising for Israel to right away launch a Palestinian prisoner affected by most cancers who’s in a essential situation and believed to be dealing with loss of life.
Nasser Abu Hmaid’s household and prisoner teams stated late final week that the 49-year-old was dealing with “his final days” based mostly on an Israeli medical report they obtained from the Assaf Harofeh hospital close to Tel Aviv, which really useful his quick launch from jail.
Israeli jail authorities transferred Abu Hmaid from the hospital again to Ramla jail clinic, some seven kilometres away, on Thursday, after the hospital stated there was nothing extra it may do.
Protests calling for the prisoner’s launch have been held in a number of cities throughout the occupied West Financial institution and the blockaded Gaza Strip, in addition to in entrance of Ramla jail.
“Everybody who can assist him be launched in his final days is accountable,” his brother, Naji Abu Hmaid, told Al Jazeera Arabic on Friday, including that the household had been asking for his quick launch in order that he can die by their aspect.
“How can I consolation my brother who’s dying from behind the glass, and see my mom disadvantaged of embracing him for the final time?” requested Naji.
Abu Hmaid hails from the al-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah. He has been imprisoned since 2002 and was sentenced to life after an Israeli court docket discovered him responsible of collaborating in assaults throughout the second Palestinian Intifada, or rebellion.
Abu Hmaid was identified with lung most cancers in August 2021 after Israeli authorities delayed the availability of medical examinations and therapy, based on prisoner teams.
He was “affected by ache for an extended time period earlier than they agreed to do medical checks on him”, Amany Sarahneh, spokesperson for the Palestinian Prisoners Society, advised Al Jazeera.
“By August the chest ache had develop into very intense, which is after they transferred him for checks and so they discovered the most cancers. It’s clear that the illness was found at a late stage,” she added, noting that it unfold rapidly inside only one yr.
“Nasser was uncovered to a sluggish loss of life operation. Each time Nasser wanted to be despatched to hospital the jail administration would postpone. His fellow prisoners would protest to strain authorities to switch him,” she continued.
“That is a part of a scientific coverage of medical negligence and delays in offering therapy, which all of the prisoners are uncovered to, not simply Nasser,” stated Sarahneh, who talked about different prisoners who had related experiences and had lately died in Israeli custody, equivalent to Sami Umour, Kamal Abu Waer and Hussein Masalmah.
Abu Hmaid’s well being severely deteriorated on the finish of final yr, and he was transferred to Barzilai hospital, the place he entered right into a coma.
He was then transferred to Ramla jail clinic the place he started chemotherapy therapy for a number of months, earlier than it was stopped when the hospital stated it could not have any influence.
“Nasser has suffered all through his life. He was ‘needed’ for a very long time, and he was shot at immediately by Israeli forces and had severe accidents. He’s 49, and he has spent over 30 years of his life in jail,” stated Sarahneh.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society has stated that it’s submitting an attraction for Abu Hmaid’s quick launch with an Israeli medical committee for prisoners.
“Israel is insisting on its crime towards prisoner Nasser Abu Hmaid, and his launch should happen with worldwide intervention,” Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the Palestinian Authority’s Fee for Detainees Affairs, stated on Tuesday.
In a press release, he demanded that Israel conduct routine medical examinations for Palestinian prisoners each six months.
On Friday, Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, renewed its supply to Israel to barter the discharge of Israelis held in Gaza in change for the discharge of sick and aged Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
There are actually roughly 4,450 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, based on Palestinian prisoners teams.
This determine contains 600 prisoners who’re in poor health with numerous illnesses and require therapy, in addition to 23 who are suffering from most cancers.
In the meantime, about 743 prisoners are held below “administrative detention”, a coverage that permits Israel to carry detainees with out cost or trial.