Ramallah, 21 Jumadil Awwal 1434/2 April 2013 (MINA) – Palestinians held in Israel’s Nafha jail will go on hunger strike on Tuesday in solidarity with Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a detainee with cancer, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Monday.
      Prisoners are planning to escalate protests in solidarity with sick detainees, the PPS said in a statement.
      Abu Hamdiyeh is being treated at Soroka prison for cancer, which has spread from his throat to his spinal cord, Maan reported as quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA) in Jakarta.
      Abu Hamdiyeh was moved to Soroka jail, Israel. He was detected had an esophageal cancer that has spread from the throat to his spinal cord.
      Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqe said that Abu Hamdiyeh’s condition right now got worsened. It is due to the delay in providing medical threatment intentionally committed by the Israeli prison.
     “Israel must release Abu Hamdiyeh as soon as possible. He needs medical threatment immediately so that his lives can be saved. The Israeli government will never give maximum medical aid to him, “said Qaraqe.
      “The other prisoners who are still in Nafha jail plan to increase their further protest in a larger scale to support solidarity with other prisoners,” PPS added in a statement.

      According to the Human Rights Institute and the Palestinian Prisoner Affairs, Addameer, in 2013 the total ammount of Palestinian prisoners who are in Israeli prisons are around 4812 people. The majority of those arrested are residents of the West Bank (82.5 percent), 9.6 percent from Gaza Strip, and the others comes from the city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as well as those who live in occupied Palestinian territories.

       The number does not include 330 people who are in “administrative detention” without any trial and 13 old female prisoner in Israeli jail for 11 years. In addition, there are 219 children under the age of 18, including 31 children under the age of 16. 28 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, three of them are former ministers and a large number of Palestinian officials.

       Palestinian prisoners are now spread in 17 Israeli prisons and detention centers such as al-Naqab, Ofer, Nafha, Gilbo’a, Shata, Ramon, Askalan, Hadarim, Eshel, Ohalei Kedar, HaSharon, Ramla and Megiddo. (T/P04/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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