kidney failure

kidney failure

Palestinian Prisoners Day London 17 April 2014

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Letter from the family of critically sick Palestinian detainee Yusri El Masri is read out on #PalestinianPrisonersDay in #London outside #G4S HQ #StopG4S Introduction: We are here today on Palestinian prisoners day to show our solidarity with more than 5000 Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israeli occupation prisons today. In total, 208 Palestinian Prisoners have died in Israeli Custody since 1967. The most common reason for their deaths is cold blooded execution after their arrest. 74 Palestinian prisoners have been murdered like this. Following closely is "tortured to death" - 71 prisoners have been tortured to death since 1967.. After this is deliberate medical neglect. Israel has a cold calculated policy of deliberate systematic medical negligence towards Palestinian prisoners. This has directly resulted in the death of 56 prisoners in the prisons of the occupation since 1967. It is indicative of Israel's total disregard for the lives of prisoners and failure to provide necessary treatment which is appropriate for them. Prisoners are left with diseases which eat away at their bodies; already weakened by the difficult prison conditions, lack of food and ill quality, and total absence of hygiene. The Fourth Geneva Convention Article (92) demands that " medical examinations of detainees must be conducted at least once a month, for objective monitoring of the health status and overall nutrition and hygiene within the prisons. These tests will also be used to detect infectious diseases and review the weight of each case. A radiographic examination must be done at least once a year for every detainee. ". Israel ignores all the conventions and the doctors are actually involved in the torture of sick prisoners. They do not prescribe the necessary medication to them or provide a true diagnosis. Aspirins are provided as a cure for all diseases, including those which are very serious. The doctors turn a blind eye to torture - even when prison guards thrown their patients out of hospital beds on to concrete floors and kick them unconscious. The doctors are actually part of the process, they hide evidence of torture from the medical records and examine torture victims during interrogation to determine if they can withstand further abuse. As a result 71 prisoners have been tortured to death. The latest prisoner to be be tortured to death was Arafat Jaradat, a young father of two children with a pregnant wife. Accused of throwing a stone, he died in Israel's G4S secured Megiddo prison after 5 days of torture in Israel's notorious G4S secured Al-Jalame interrogation centre. His son, who Arafat never got to hold, bears his name - Arafat. There are over 1000 prisoners suffering from different diseases. Some with very serious diseases such as different types of cancer, kidney failure, heart disease, diabetes, pressure, and stroke, and about half of them need emergency surgery, which the occupational forces purposely delay until its too late. We would like to thank the Ministry of Detainees Affairs in Gaza for their generous help in this Campaign for Palestinian Sick Detainees.