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40-year-old Palestinian detainee dies in Israeli custody

Jerusalem24 – A Palestinian prisoner has died in Israeli custody after what the Palestinian Prisoners Club has called medical negligence.

40-year-old Musa Haroun Abu Mahameed, from Bethlehem in the southern West Bank, died yesterday morning at the Asaf Harofeh hospital in Israel.

He was arrested two months ago as he tried to cross from the occupied West Bank into Jerusalem, beyond the separation wall, to his place of work. Israeli authorities said he did not have a work permit for Jerusalem at the time.

According to his family, Abu Mahameed’s health condition deteriorated rapidly and significantly before he was transferred to Asaf Harofeh hospital.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club stated that Abu Mahameed was initially in good health, and then was hospitalized at the beginning of August.

Palestinian organizations and factions condemned what they described as “the killing,” calling it “a crime of medical negligence against Palestinian prisoners.”

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said that “it will follow up on the crime of execution of the captive Abu Mahameed with the criminal court and the relevant international institutions, holding the occupation authorities fully responsible for his martyrdom.”

The Ministry added that the policy of medical negligence pursued by Israeli authorities against prisoners is a part of its violations and crimes against the Palestinians, and called for an international investigation into the circumstances of the death of Abu Mahameed.

Nadeen Alshaer

Alshaer is a Palestinian journalist, a Birzeit University graduate with a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting Journalism. Alshaer has 6 years of experience in journalism. She currently works as a reporter, editor and presenter/producer for PBC-Palestine TV and Jerusalem24 radio. She’s a UN and Kelley School of Business alumna.

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