On November 4, Palestinian political prisoner Hassan al-Turabi died in Afula hospital of leukemia. Maysara Abuhamdieh died in April of cancer. Both did not receive sufficient medical treatment in Israeli prisons prior to his death.
Some of the most urgent cases of seriously ill prisoners currently held in Israeli prisons include: Mansour Mowqada, who has cancerous tumors, a “plastic stomach” and uses colostomy bags; Nahed al-Aqra, who has had four parts of his leg amputated; Moatassem Raddad, whose bowel cancer has spread throughout his body; Salem Kassab, who lost sight in his left eye in October after prison doctors refused to perform surgery on him; Suleiman Abu Ruwais, who was denied treatment for an ulcer for four years; Ismail Abu Alafa, who is not receiving proper treatment since having portions of his stomach removed; Murad Abu Muliq, who has lost nearly 20 pounds due to intestinal disease; and Omar Abu Saada, who has tumors in his throat.
Approximately 25 Palestinian political prisoners have been diagnosed with cancer. Palestinian imprisoned leader Ahmad Sa’adat called for urgent international action to support the sick prisoners, saying the situation ”requires urgent action at all levels to prevent the occupation from executing prisoners through the slow death of patients, with a policy of punishment and a program of revenge.” Prisoners in Nafha prison have announced they plan to launch protests in solidarity with the sick prisoners.
Palestinian-American community activist and beloved womens’ rights advocate Rasmea Yousef Odeh will be arraigned in the U.S. District Court, 231 W Lafayette Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday, November 13th at 1:00 p.m. She’s battling an immigration charge that carries a possible 10 year prison sentence, and we’re urging supporters from across the Midwest to pack the courtroom in her support. We’ll gather in front of the court building in Detroit at 12:00 on November 13 — join us!
Chicagoans are leaving by car for Detroit at 5:00 AM on Wednesday, November 13.
If you can’t make it to Detroit, please consider donating to Rasmea’s legal defense here: http://www.stopfbi.net/donate or organize a local event. Events are taking place in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Oakland, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and more. Get more details - or submit your own event at stopfbi.net or uspcn.org.
Please also hold banner drops, federal building pickets, and other local events to support Rasmea!
The Prison administration has refused to pledge in writing to date to either release him or deport him.
On May 2, 2013, he launched, along with four other Jordanian prisoners, a hunger strike calling for action from the Jordanian government to move to release them or deport them to Jordan to complete their sentences, and to reveal the locations of missing or martyred Jordanians. Four of the prisoners ended their strike after 100 days and serious health deterioration; an agreement was concluded with the prison administration for family visitation and improvement in conditions of confinement, which has been violated since that time by occupation authorities.