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Medical Neglect in Israeli Prisons

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On January 22, Addameer headlined "Medical Neglect Leads to Death of Ashraf Abu Dhra." In May 2006, he was sentenced to six and half years in prison. Recently he was released.

His crime was wanting to live free on his own land in his own country. He was one of thousands of Palestinian political prisoners. Israel treats them ruthlessly.

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Predating his incarceration, Ashraf had numerous medical problems. They included muscular dystrophy. In 2008, he became disabled.

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In detention, he contracted several illnesses. They included lung failure, immunodeficiency, and a brain virus. Deplorable medical neglect killed him.

According to Addameer, he "suffered a slow and painful death that was exasperated by neglect and the prison service's refusal to provide court-ordered treatment."

"Ashraf was held in captivity despite his failing health for the entirety of his sentence, rarely seeing an independent doctor."

On November 15 he was released. Ten days later he lapsed into coma. On January 22 he died. Proper medical care would have saved him.

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Since 1967, over 200 prisoners died in captivity. Medical neglect took one-fourth or more.

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