YOUNG MAN DENIED MEDICAL TREATMENT IN ISRAELI PRISON, FAMILY APPEALS TO MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres)

(Jenin) Ali Samoudi
Saturday, 03 February 2007

Four years after his arrest the health of political prisoner Qasim Ghalib Ayad is worsening due to negligence on the part of the Israeli administration. The 22 year old is being refused medical treatment with two years left to go on his six year sentence, imposed for membership in Islamic Jihad.

When Qasim Ayad was arrested, explains his father, Israeli forces shot him in several places including his head, side, back and foot.

Despite the deterioration of his health, Israeli forces continued to use torture during interrogations in Jalameh Prison,
situated in a military installation near Jenin. Lawyers petitioned the Israeli courts in order to procure medical treatment, but with little success.

His father told PNN, “For more than six months the occupation forces continued to chase Qasim and during an ambush by special forces in the city of Jenin they managed to arrest him.”

The western Jenin family is appealing to humanitarian institutions to intervene, including Medecins Sans Frontieres, to save the life of their son.

Ayad was allowed one operation after a great deal of procrastination when he had lost nearly half his weight. He finally underwent surgery in the Ramle Prison Hospital, but suffered complications that required further treatment, which he was refused.

His father added, “The last medical tests showed that Qasim is not doing well. He suffered a ruptured small intestine and a tear in the prostrate among other things. The Prisons Department still puts off treatment and is not allowing operations, despite the recommendations of doctors that Qasim needs continuous treatment and several surgeries.”

The young man’s family says it will not give up the fight for his life. After being allowed to see their son only two times since he was arrested four years ago, the Ayad’s place full responsibility for their son’s life on the heads of the Israeli administration.

See: PRISONER’S RIGHT
See: HUMAN RIGHTS

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