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Former prisoner dies of medical complications

May 9, 2015 5:46 P.M. (Updated: May 10, 2015 10:07 A.M.)
Women gathered in solidarity for prisoners held in Israeli jails. (AFP/Saif Dahlah)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Former Palestinian prisoner, Rami Kamal Shalamish, 33, from the Birqin town of Jenin died on Saturday, prisoners' committee said.

Head of the Prisoners and Former Prisoners' Affairs Committee, Issa Qaraqe, held Israel and the Israeli prisons services responsible, citing Shalamish's death a result of medical negligence by Israel against Palestinian prisoners.

Qaraqe called upon the international community, the UN's Security Council, and the World Health Organization to form a committee for an investigation into the conditions leading to Shalamish's death, as well as those faced by ill prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Shalamish was released in 2006 in critical condition from complications related multiple sclerosis after being given the wrong medications, the committee added.

Shalamish's death comes a month after the death of former prisoner Jaafar Awad, 22, who died shortly after being released due to pre-existing health complications that rapidly deteriorated while being held in Israeli jails.

Palestinian factions condemned Awad's death and accused Israeli Prison Service's of carrying out "dangerous policies" in attempt to dispirit prisoners, and held Israel responsible.

Awad was reportedly given incorrect dosages in insulin shots and was released from Eshel prison after 14 months. At the time of release, Awad suffered from pneumonia, heart problems, and thyroid and pancreas complications, Qaraqe told Ma'an at the time.

Director of the Palestinian Prisoner's Society in Hebron, Amjad al-Najjar, said that the number of prisoners "killed by Israel" had hit 209 at the time of Awad's death, pointing out that Awad "is not and will not be the last one killed" by the policies of "medical neglect" carried out by the Israeli authorities against prisoners.

Outlier / USA
Without details regarding the purported "negligence," this is just another Palestinian claim, one of hundreds made over the years. Lots of people die of complications and no negligence is needed.
09/05/2015 21:38
spb / usa
he died of old age
10/05/2015 12:16
@Outlier / world
The complications are because of negligence. @spb what about Awad who died at 22,is that also "old age"? Some many Palestinian lives are deteriorating due to Israel's treatment. Its enough that they were imprisoned for just being Palestinian, now incorrect doses of certain drugs is just ridiculous.
10/05/2015 18:46
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