Researcher says detainees used in medical experiments
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Former detainee and researcher Abdul-Nasser Farwana said Monday that Israel performs medical experiments on Palestinians held in Israeli detention centers.
Speaking at a workshop in Algeria, Farwana said more than 5,000 experiments had been performed in Israeli jails, and that this number was increasing.
Many prisoners left Israeli jails with unique diseases and skin infections which were related to the tests, he said.
Prisoners are tortured and denied medical attention and food, he said, adding that around 1,500 detainees need urgent treatment for cancer and other illnesses.
Using prisoners' bodies for experiments to benefit other nations was humiliating, the researcher said.
Farwana said in a research paper presented at the Algerian conference for support of Palestinian prisoners that the Israeli health ministry was granting permits to medicine companies to perform those tests on 15% of prisoners.
He said that the tests explain the increasing number of prisoners who suffer from various illnesses and the emergence of strange and malignant diseases among the prisoners, which endanger their health.
Most of the Palestinian prisoners face health problems while 1500 of them need urgent medical treatment including tens suffering from serious and chronic diseases, the researcher underscored.
Farwana recalled that the Nazis were the first to experiment drugs on prisoners, pointing to a big similarity between them and the IOA.
He noted that around 3,000 Palestinian prisoners (45% of the total prisoners) in the IOA jails of Nafha, Raymond, and Negev are subjected to biological tests en masse, referring to the presence of the Dimona nuclear reactor and the impact of its poisonous refuse.
The former prisoner stressed the importance of activating the World Health Organization's decision last May that condemned the IOA for ignoring the Palestinian prisoners' medical conditions.
He finally advocated catering for the liberated prisoners and checking them on periodical basis especially when many of them suffer diseases after their release most probably because of the drug tests or the effect of incarceration.