Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Palestinian prisoner blinded in Israeli jail

[ 27/05/2009 - 04:43 PM ]

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- Saadi Al-Najar, a 25-year-old Palestinian held in administrative detention, without trial or charge, in Israeli occupation jails, has lost eyesight in his left eye due to deliberate medical neglect, the Palestinian prisoner's club said on Wednesday.

Amjad Al-Najar, the director of the club in Al-Khalil, held the administration of the Negev prison fully responsible for the loss of Najar's eyesight.

H explained that the administration refused doctors and legal societies' requests for the treatment of Najar.

The detainee ever since his detention two and a half years ago was suffering from a health problem in his left eye, the director elaborated.

He noted that Najar was now in need of a speedy cornea transplant operation, and called on legal and international societies to pressure the IOA into releasing Najar to enable him undergo the surgery and restore his eyesight.

Hebron prisoner loses eye due to medical neglect
Date: 28 / 05 / 2009 Time: 20:26

Nablus – Ma’an – A Palestinian has lost his eye due to medical neglect in an Israeli prison, according to the Detainees' Society in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday.

Sa’dy Atiyeh An-Najjar, a 25-year-old Palestinian being held at Israel's Madedo Prison, lost his left eye following a condition that required prompt medical attention, but was not provided, according to the society.

An-Najjar, who has been held without trial for a year and a half, is from Al-Fuwwar Refugee Camp south of Hebron. He is yet to be charged with a crime.

The head of Detainees’ Society in Hebron said An-Najjar has suffered from the debilitating eye condition since before he was originally seized and still requires surgery that has yet to be provided.

The official called on human rights associations to intervene for An-Najjar's release so that he can receive proper treatment.

The society's lawyer, Loay Akka, who visited the Negev prison, reported that its administration had refused the prisoner access to medical papers supposed to be signed by An-Najjar in order for him to get permits for doctors to access the prison.