'Medical treatment' dream of Palestinian detainee in Israel

Halahla has contracted hepatitis C inside an Israeli jail when dentists allegedly used unsterilized teeth equipment in treating him.

'Medical treatment' dream of Palestinian detainee in Israel

World Bulletin/News Desk

The sole dream of Palestinian prisoner Tha'er Halahla is not to be released, but to be given a medical treatment to end his pains.

Halahla has contracted hepatitis C inside an Israeli jail when dentists allegedly used unsterilized teeth equipment in treating him.

Now, Israeli authorities are reluctant to give him medicines, the thing that puts his life in jeopardy.

"I do not want to be released," Halahla said in a petition, a copy of which was obtained by Anadolu Agency.

"My only wish is to receive medication to cure my disease."

The Palestinian detainee says that Israeli prison authorities had given him more than 30 types of painkillers that caused his health to deteriorate.

Halahla was released from Israeli jail on June 5 last year under an Egyptian-brokered deal after a 78-day hunger strike in protest at his administrative detention.

But he was later detained in April on his membership in the Islamic Jihad group.

Last week, Halahla was moved to Soroka Medical Center, the largest medical facility in Beersheba, south of Israel. But he was later returned to Eshil detention facility without receiving medication.

The Palestinian prisoner says that Israeli judges had recommended that he receives medication seven times before.

"Despite this, I go back to my prison cell from hospital without receiving any medication or examination," he says.

There is a total of 4,660 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention camps, including 3,822 from the West Bank, 449 prisoners from Gaza and 152 from al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), according to the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs.

Most of the detainees face charges of carrying out activities that harm Israel's national security, the ministry says.

There are 1,500 sick Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including 12 who are being treated at the Remla hospital.

On Wednesday, the Palestinian Authority launched an international campaign for the release of sick Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

"The campaign aims to inform the international community and human rights organizations about the catastrophic conditions of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails," Palestinian Prisoners' Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqe said.

Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2013, 09:17
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