[Pnews] Palestinian dies in 28th year of Israeli imprisonment

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Fri Feb 8 16:09:18 EST 2019


  Palestinian dies in 28th year of Israeli imprisonment

February 8, 2019

A Palestinian prisoner from Gaza City died in Israeli detention on 
Wednesday after years of medical neglect.

Faris Baroud, 51, spent 17 years in isolation following his arrest in 
1991, after which he was given a life sentence for killing an Israeli 
and injuring three others earlier that year.

During the years he was held in isolation as punishment for his role in 
a collective hunger strike, Baroud told lawyers 
with the prisoners rights group Addameer that he was denied medical care.

A tumor and part of Baroud’s liver was removed last year, the prisoner’s 
family told Addameer.

Months before the surgery, Baroud had participated in a hunger strike to 
protest the Palestinian Authority’s cutting of prisoners’ stipends.

Addameer stated that the family’s knowledge of Baroud’s recent health 
situation was “very limited,” and that his condition deteriorated two 
days before his transfer to hospital, where he died.

The family’s communication with Baroud was also very limited, as he had 
been banned from receiving visits for 12 years, according to Addameer.


Baroud spent more than half of his life in Israeli prison.

He was set to be freed as part of a deal brokered by the US in 2013 to 
release more than 100 Palestinians serving lengthy prison sentences 
handed down before the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel 
signed the Oslo accords in 1993. The deal was frozen by Israel before 
the release of the final group of 30 prisoners, including Baroud.

Baroud was reportedly one of many Palestinians 
<https://twitter.com/asranews/status/1093174753169424386> serving life 
sentences whose monthly stipends were cut by the Palestinian Authority 
earlier this week.

Palestinians held in Israeli prisons protested following Baroud’s death.

Prisoners reportedly declared 
<https://twitter.com/asranews/status/1093174316148158465> a mass strike 
<https://twitter.com/asranews/status/1093479482655154176>, stating 
<https://www.facebook.com/ppsmo/posts/2135355213195833> they will not 
perform daily tasks, such as meal distribution.

Palestinians held at Ramon prison in southern Israel can be heard 
protesting in this video upon the announcement of Baroud’s death:

    تكبيرات غضب وهتافات في معتقل "ريمون" بعد سماع الأسرى نبأ استشهاد
    الأسير فارس بارود. pic.twitter.com/yl5LU3zcq7 <https://t.co/yl5LU3zcq7>

    — شبكة قدس | الأسرى (@asranews) February 7, 2019

Palestinian detainee Malik Hamid reportedly poured hot water on a guard 
in Ramon prison on Wednesday after Baroud’s death.

Israeli prison authorities placed 
<https://twitter.com/asranews/status/1093430555482513408> Hamid in 
isolation soon after.

Hamid, 23, was sentenced to life in prison after he allegedly ran over a 
sergeant in the Israeli military’s Golani Brigade 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/golani-brigade>, killing him, near 
the Ofra settlement in the central West Bank during April 2017 

    Ill prisoners

With Baroud’s death, there are now 26 Palestinians held by Israel since 
before the Oslo accords, according to Addameer.

Some 160 Palestinians held by Israel have chronic illness and are in 
need of intensive medical care, according to the Palestinian Prisoners 
Club, including 15 held long-term at the Ramle prison clinic.

Baroud is the 218th Palestinian prisoner to die in Israeli detention 
since 1967, more than 60 of them due to medical negligence.

Qadura Fares <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/qadura-fares>, head of 
the Palestinian Prisoners Club, stated 
<https://www.facebook.com/ppsmo/posts/2135295719868449> that Israeli 
occupation authorities bear full responsibility for Baroud’s death.

Students at Birzeit University in the West Bank protested Baroud’s death 
on Thursday:

    وقفة احتجاجية في جامعة #بيرزيت
    تنديداً باستشهاد الأسير فارس بارود في سجون الاحتلال.
    pic.twitter.com/sIVYeRceEl <https://t.co/sIVYeRceEl>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) February 7, 2019

That same day Palestinians in Gaza protested Israel’s medical neglect of 
Palestinian prisoners and Palestinian Authority cuts of prisoners’ stipends:

    وقفات في غزة ضد سياسة الإهمال الطبي وقطع رواتب عائلات الأسرى
    والمحررين. pic.twitter.com/zuwTiDr38a <https://t.co/zuwTiDr38a>

    — شبكة قدس | الأسرى (@asranews) February 7, 2019

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