Shafaqna – The Palestinian prisoner in the occupation prisons, Musa Haroun Abu Mahamid, died on Saturday, September 3, 2022, after he was transferred to an Israeli hospital after his health deteriorated days ago, while Palestinian factions held the occupation “full responsibility for his death.”
The Palestinian Prisoners Club (non-governmental) said that Abu Mahamid (40 years), a detainee from the Bethlehem area in the southern West Bank, “was martyred in the (Israeli) Assaf Harofeh Hospital, on Saturday morning,” blaming the Israeli occupation for responsibility.
“The crime of willful medical negligence”
The club quoted the Abu Mahamid family as saying that he was arrested a short time ago (not specified) “on the background of his entry to work in occupied Jerusalem without a permit.” He added, “The targeting of Palestinians under the pretext of entering the occupied Palestinian territories has escalated since the beginning of this year, not only through arrests, but also through shooting at them.”
The prisoner’s club statement indicated that the prisoner’s health has deteriorated significantly “recently, as he was transferred to (Asaf Harofeh) Hospital, until he rose to prominence this morning.” Considering that “what the detainee Mahamid was subjected to is a crime in addition to the continuing crimes of the occupation, including the crime of deliberate medical negligence.”
Occupation is responsible for his death
In the context, Palestinian factions, in separate statements, held the Israeli occupation responsible for the death of the prisoner Abu Mahamid, while Hamas said that what happened was “the result of deliberate medical negligence.”
The movement’s spokesman, Hazem Qassem, said that “medical negligence is a complex crime and a violation of all humanitarian norms and laws, and reflects the criminality of the occupier (Israel) and the sadism of the jailer.”
In turn, the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine” held Israel fully responsible for the death of “Abu Mahamid”. She said that “the prisoner Abu Mahamid rose as a result of the policy of medical negligence.”
She pointed out that “this racist and inhuman policy threatens the prisoners, especially the sick among them in the families’ castles.”
For its part, the Palestinian Mujahideen Movement said that “the enemy (Israel) is responsible for this crime against the prisoner Abu Mahamid, and he must bear the consequences.” She added that “the policy of systematic and deliberate medical negligence practiced by the prison administration against our prisoners is a flagrant violation of all international conventions and norms relating to prisoners.”
It also called on international human rights organizations to “urgent and immediate intervention to protect our prisoners, and to stand up to their legal and humanitarian responsibilities.”
Palestine calls for an international investigation
In a related context, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded “the opening of an international investigation into the circumstances of the death of the detainee, Musa Abu Mahamid.” In a statement, the ministry held “the occupation authorities fully responsible for his death, as a result of the medical negligence policy pursued by the occupation prisons administration against sick prisoners.”
It also called on the Red Cross, the international community, and all relevant UN institutions, organizations and councils, including the Security and Human Rights Councils, to “assume their legal and moral responsibilities” towards what the prisoners are exposed to.
While it called for “taking the necessary measures to ensure that they are provided with protection, that they be treated as prisoners of war, in accordance with the Geneva Conventions, and their immediate release.”
It is noteworthy that the number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in the prisons of the Israeli occupation is about 4550, including 31 female prisoners, 175 minors, and 700 administrative detainees (without trial or charge).