Head of Prisoners Committee Issa Qaraqe said, Monday, that some 1,500 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails are suffering from various diseases, including 25 cases of cancer.Mr. Qaraqe says that medical negligence has been a systematic policy by the Israeli Prison Service, according to WAFA correspondence. He notes that three prisoners recently warned to launch a hunger strike against their deteriorating health conditions — this in addition to several others who are also engaged in ongoing hunger strikes.

The official demonstrated cases of deliberate medical negligence, including urgently needed surgery, as well as cases of numbness and paralysis.

More than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners are still detained in Israeli prisons, of whom dozens are serving a life sentence.

The number of sick prisoners detained in Israeli jails has now reached 1,500, WAFA reports, of whom 80 are suffering from serious health problems and do not receive adequate treatment.

See IMEMC Special Report: 04/16/14 “800,000 Palestinians Imprisoned By Israel Since 1967”