The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Tuesday, that detainee Samer Abu Kweik is currently facing a serious health condition in the al-‘Afula Israeli hospital, suffering very sharp pain in his abdomen and kidneys after being given wrong medications.Lawyer Hanan al-Khatib of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said she managed to visit Abu Kweik in Afula after the soldiers moved him from Gilboa prison following his severe pain, and that he was moved to the surgery ward.

Khatib added that the detainee was not receiving the needed medical treatment, and instead, he was given wrong medications that caused serious complications to his health condition.

She also said that the detainee is tied and shackled to his bed, and that there are three soldiers guarding his room and are treating him in very bad, humiliating, manners.

The lawyer further stated that Kweik accused the Israeli Prison Authority of being responsible for his seriously deteriorating health condition since 2002 when he first complained of severe pain in his intestines and abdomen, but prison doctors said it was “an ordinary infection,” and gave him the wrong type of medicine.

Since then, the detainee has been facing a deteriorating health condition and was never seen by a specialist.
Nearly 14 days ago, he was moved to the hospital, and underwent a surgery, especially after he suffered a partial intestine blockage. After he was hospitalized, his feeding has only been administered via intravenous infusion.

‘The doctors told me I needed a surgery to remove 10-20 centimeters of my intestines,’ he said, ‘I can barely stand or walk, yet the soldiers keep me shackled, even when I need to use the toilet, and they do not allow me to close the door.’

Abu Kweik is from the al-Am’ari refugee camp, in Ramallah; he was taken prisoner 14 years ago and was sentenced to three life terms and additional 25 years.