The Ramallah office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, PPS, reported on Saturday that detainee Abdul-Ra’ouf Mustafa Ismail, 38, from Silwad near Ramallah, is suffering from critically deteriorating health conditions, in Ohaly Qidar detention in Be’er Shiva.

Lawyer of the PPS Fawwaz al-Shalloudi, said that he visited Ismail, who suffered a heart stroke and apoplexy since 1995, in addition to suffering another stroke in 1995 which paralyzed him, causing neurological problems in his face, right hand and leg.

Al-Shalloudi added that Ismail was given expensive medications by humanitarian organizations, but the soldiers threw them away and started providing him with the minimum needed medication instead of the required daily dosage.

The medication which was thrown away by the soldiers has an estimated cost of 2500 Jordanian Dinars, (1JD = 4.53USD)

“Even the minimum medication provided to Ismail, are not helpful in his case”, al-Shalloudi added. 

“Ismail was not examined by any doctor since he was arrested; he needs special care, special food, and private accommodation, the temperature and pressure in the room is negatively affecting his health condition”, al-Shalloudi stated, “he is placed now in a room with eight detainees, they help him in his daily needs, such as helping him shower and dress”.

Several detainees in Be’er Shiva detention told lawyer Shalloudi that prison administration is deliberately neglecting their medical needs.

“This is considered a sort of assassination”, al-Shalloudi stated, “they are executing the detainee but without a guillotine, they are slowly killing them”.

Several detainees in Be’er Shiva are suffering from critical health conditions, such as detainee Mohammad Salhab, from Hebron, who was injured in his leg, and lost the ability to move his toes.

Detainee Ibrahim abu Ma’rouf, from Gaza suffered an injury in his lung and foot, Naim abu Sneina from Hebron, is suffering from a skin disease, and detainee Riyadh Issa, from Ramallah, is suffering from high blood pressure, kidney failure and slipped disc.

Medical References,

A slipped disc is when the soft part of the disc bulges through the circle of connective tissue. This prolapse may push on the spinal cord or on the nerve roots. However, it is worth noting that 20 per cent of the population have slipped discs without experiencing any noticeable symptoms.

The term ‘slipped disc’ does not really describe the process properly – the disc does not actually slip out of place, but bulges out towards the spinal cord.

A slipped disc occurs due to the breaking down of the circle of connective tissue with advancing age. This causes a weakness allowing the soft part to swell.

Slipped discs most often affect the lower back and are relatively rare in the chest part of the spine.

It is possible that hard physical labour can increase the likelihood of a slipped disc. They are also occasionally seen following trauma such as an injury from a fall or a road traffic accident. (Net Doctor)

Apoplexy: A venerable term for a stroke, a Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA), often associated with loss of consciousness and paralysis of various parts of the body.

The word ‘apoplexy’ comes from the Greek ‘apoplexia’ meaning a seizure, in the sense of being struck down. In Greek ‘plexe’ is ‘a stroke.’ (MedTerms)