Palestinian prisoner, 68, dies in Israeli jail | Israel-Palestine Conflict News

Saadia Farajallah, the oldest Palestinian prisoner, died six months after Israeli forces arrested her in Hebron.

A 68-year-old Palestinian woman has died in an Israeli prison, six months after she was arrested by Israeli forces near a military checkpoint in Hebron in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Wafa news agency.

Saadia Farajallah, who reportedly suffered from multiple chronic illnesses, including high blood pressure and diabetes, has been held in Israel’s Damon Prison since her arrest in December 2021.

Farajallah was arrested near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron for allegedly attempting a knife attack.

Palestinian factions and human rights organizations denounced Farajallah’s death, saying that he died as a result of Israel’s policy of medical negligence practiced against Palestinian political prisoners.

The Palestinian Authority (PA), which governs the occupied West Bank, has demanded an autopsy of Farajallah, a mother of eight, from the city of Idna in the southern West Bank, reported Wafa.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club, a human rights group that defends Palestinians in Israeli custody, said the circumstances behind his death are unknown. Detainees said she lost consciousness after performing ablutions on her for morning prayers, after which she was immediately transferred to the prison clinic, where she died, according to the Prisoners’ Club.

On June 28, Farajallah attended a court hearing in a wheelchair when the prosecution requested a sentence of five years in prison and a fine of 15,000 sheqalim ($4,200), according to the Prisoners’ Club.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayya denounced Farajallah’s death and held the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible.

Shtayya called on international human rights organizations to open an investigation into the circumstances of her death and put pressure on the occupation authorities to release all prisoners and sick people.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry also called for an international investigation.

Farajallah is the 230th Palestinian to die in Israeli prison or detention since 1967.

There are currently 4,700 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, including 32 women and 170 children, according to the Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

Some 640 prisoners are held in “administrative detention,” a policy that allows Israel to hold detainees without charge or trial.

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