The Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights “Hurryyat” offers the project “Contributing to Providing Health Services to Ailing Prisoners in Israeli Prisons” funded by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. This project comes as a patriotic and humanitarian initiative towards the sick prisoners in the Israeli prisons after the significant rise in their numbers. The statistics collected by “Hurryyat”, the Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club and other human rights organizations, the number of sick prisoners in Israeli prisons have reached 1007 prisoners, both male and female, who suffer diverse health problems and diseases. 140 prisoners are suffering critical health conditions related to serious illnesses and the lack of proper health care. 40 prisoners are in a critical stage 19 of whom are permanent residents of the Ramlah Prison Clinic due to the deterioration of their health condition. 12 prisoners are suffering from cancer, and 11 are suffering partial or permanent paralysis while over 20 prisoners suffer psychological diseases and are put in solitary confinement.
The policy of medical negligence practiced by the Israeli Prison Services (IPS) against the prisoners is evident through the lack of proper treatment and procrastinating the execution of the needed operations, along with the lack of basic needs and standards that are not in harmony with international treaties. The absence of proper health care, the limited number of doctors and the absence of specialists, not to forget the quality of the limited food, the bad ventilation, the limited exposure to the sun, banning sport exercises, the suffocating over-crowded rooms, the limited space available for every prisoner, in addition to the policy of physical abuse and tear gas spraying are all part of a suppressing and subjugating policy committed against prisoners aggravating their circumstances, especially the suffering of sick prisoners.
it should be noted that 58 prisoners have lost their lives in prison due to the policy of medical negligence (according to statistics in 2016) while tens have died after their release.