Arab League condemns Israel’s killing of Palestinian prisoner

Cairo, The Arab League late Tuesday condemned the death of Aziz Awaisat, a 53-year-old Palestinian who died in Israeli custody due to what the league described as “deliberate medical negligence”.

In a statement, the Cairo-based league held the Israeli authorities “fully responsible” for Awaisat’s death, slamming Israel for its “gross violations of the most basic rules of human rights law”.

The league also criticized the harsh conditions inside Israeli prisons, which lack basic amenities and in which Palestinian prisoners are subjected to various forms of torture, deprivation and medical negligence.

It called on the international community to compel Israel to respect the international and humanitarian laws, especially the Fourth Geneva Convention. It also called on Israel to abide by the rules of treatment of Palestinian prisoner in a manner consistent with the “Nation Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners” and other relevant international standards.

The League also reiterated calls on the establishment of a commission of inquiry into the crimes of Israeli occupation, and to hold it responsible for its crimes and to follow up with the perpetrators before international justice.

Awaisat was arrested in March 2014 and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He suffered from a severe stroke and a heart attack after he was badly tortured in an Israeli prison until he suffered a coma. His health condition deteriorated and he died at the hospital. Last Sunday, the Palestinian Prisoners Association announced the demise of Awaisat after he suffered a stroke in the Ramleh prison’s clinic on 9 May.

Source: Jordan News Agency