Palestinian Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, from Jerusalem, has revealed that Israeli occupation authorities issues permits to large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian and Arab detainees, the Felesteen news site reported, according to Al Ray.
The Hebrew University lecturer also revealed that Israeli military firms are testing weapons on Palestinian children and carry out these tests in the Palestinian neighbourhoods of occupied Jerusalem.
Speaking at Columbia University, in New York City, Shalhoub-Kevorkian said that she collected the data while carrying out a research project for the Hebrew University.
â€śPalestinian spaces are laboratories,â€ť she said. â€śThe invention of products and services of state-sponsored security corporations are fueled by long-term curfews and Palestinian oppression by the Israeli army.â€ť
In her talk, entitled â€śDisturbing Spaces â€“ Violent Technologies in Palestinian Jerusalemâ€ť, the professor added: â€śThey check for which bombs to use, gas bombs or stink bombs. Whether to put plastic sacks or cloth sacks. To beat us with their rifles or to kick us with boots.â€ť
Last week, Israeli authorities refused to hand over the body of Fares Baroud, who passed away inside Israeli prisons after suffering from a number of diseases. His family fears that he could have been used for such tests and Israel is afraid that this could be revealed through forensic investigations.
In July 1997, Israeli newspaperÂ Yedioth AhronothÂ reported remarks for Dalia Itzik, chairman of a parliamentary committee, acknowledged that the Israeli Ministry of Health had given pharmaceutical firms permits to test their new drugs of inmates, noting that 5,000 tests had already been carried out.
Robrecht Vanderbeeken, the cultural secretary of Belgiumâ€™s ACOD trade union, warned in August 2018 the population of the Gaza Strip is being â€śstarved to death, poisoned, and children are kidnapped and murdered for their organs.â€ť
This follows previous warnings from Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour who said the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces â€śwere returned with missing corneas and other organs, further confirming past reports about organ harvesting by the occupying power.â€ť
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.