[Pnews] Bassam al-Sayeh is the Third Palestinian Prisoner to Die in Israeli Prisons in 2019

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  Bassam al-Sayeh is the Third Palestinian Prisoner who Dies in Israeli
  Prisons in 2019

September 9, 2019

On 8 September 2019, Palestinian prisoner and journalist Bassam al-Sayeh 
died in prison.

Bassam was arrested on 8 October 2015 from Salem military court when he 
was attending his wife's court session. Bassam was suffering from bones 
and blood cancer, a weakness in his heart muscles and medical 
complications in his liver. Despite of his medical situation the Israeli 
occupation forces transferred him to Petah Tikva interrogation center, 
at that time Bassam informed Addameer's lawyer during a visit that he 
was interrogated daily for long hours, he also informed the lawyer that 
he fainted and lost his consensus several times during the interrogation 
sessions and in the cell he was kept in. He was left for around 20 days 
without any medical care or treatment which led to a serious 
deterioration in his health.

Due to torture, medical negligence, and stalling in giving him the 
medical care he needed, his health deteriorated and led to 80% failure 
in his heart and inability to move or speak. Still, he was detained 
waiting a trail until his death was announced.

With al-Sayeh's death, the number of prisoners who died become (221) 
prisoners since 1967. Three out of those prisoner died in 2019. Faris 
Baroud (51 years old) who spent 28 year in prison including 17 in 
isolation and he died because of medical negligence. Nassar Taqatqa who 
died due to torture and the difficult circumstances he suffered from 
during interrogations.

With Bassam's death, the number of withheld bodies of Palestinian 
prisoners becomes five out of 52 Palestinian bodies since 2015. Those 
five prisoners are Aziz Ewisat, Saleh al-Barghouthi, Faris Baroud, 
Nassar Taqatqa and Bassam al-Sayeh.

The number of sick prisoners is around 750 and they suffer from 
different illnesses. Addameer's documentations shows that there are 
around 26 female prisoner who suffers sickness and around 160 make 
prisoner who is in need of constant medical care. Several of those 
prisoners had their medical files closed with the argument that there 
are no treatments from their medical situations.

Prisoner Sami Abu Diak is one of those many medical cases in Israeli 
prisons who suffer medical negligence. This prisoner suffered from the 
delay in giving a diagnosis to his case, even though he was not sick but 
injured when he got arrested. At the beginning when Sami started 
suffering severe pain in his stomach he was only given pain killers. 
Even after he was transferred to a hospital he suffered from a medical 
flaw during the surgery which led him to go into a long comma.

Medical negligence have become a systematic Israeli policy used against 
Palestinian prisoners which should force international bodies including 
the ICRC and WHO to pressure towards holding the Israeli authorities 
accountable to their crimes.

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