Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail
Published on 05 November 2013 Written by Alternative Information Center (AIC)
Hasan Turabi, 22 year old Palestinian prisoner died at Afula Medical Center
A 22 year old Palestinian prisoner died this morning at the Afula Medical Center in northern Israel. Hasan Turabi, from the Nablus-area village of Sarra, had suffered from leukemia. Attorney Hiba Masalha of the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, recently warned of Turabi's critical condition after he suffered a burst blood vessel.
Masalha added that Turabi had been transferred to the prison’s intensive care unit only after he was found vomiting blood.
Turabi was arrested in early January 2013 and released due to his medical condition on October 17. He was immediately transferred to the Afula Medical Center for further treatment after finding evidence of blood clots in his neck, chest and abdomen.
During Turabi's medical treatment, Israeli prison services informed his family that Israel would not pay his hospital bills because he arrived there after his release.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, Turabi said before his death that for two weeks he suffered severe pains and a swollen abdomen, often feeling dizzy. Nevertheless, the prison’s clinicians provided him with only minor painkillers. Turabi added that ten days before he was transferred to the hospital he had vomited large quantities of blood, but did not receive treatment from the prison’s medical staff.
Following the news of Turabi’s death, the Palestinian Authority’s Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe stated that the Israeli prison service was directly responsible for the death of Turabi due to gross negligence.
"Prison medics treated the case recklessly and did not give him medicine until he collapsed and lost consciousness," said Qaraqe.
Qaraqe described the case as a new "war crime" committed against Palestinian prisoners. Turabi's death, added the minister, brings the death toll among Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody to 205 since 1967. Five Palestinian prisoners have died in Israeli jails during 2013 alone.
In response to Turabi’s death, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have declared a hunger strike, returning their food and refusing to take break times. Meanwhile, a number of lawyers are boycotting the Israeli courts in protest of Turabi's death.