According to the Palestinian rights groups, Abu Mahamid was detained more than one month ago while attempting to get into Israel for employment.
Human rights organizations have blamed the state of Israel for medical malpractice in the death of the Palestinian prisoner.
According to the Palestinian Prisoners Club, the 40-year-old was imprisoned two months ago while intending to travel to Jerusalem for work from the occupied West Bank (PPC). He allegedly didn’t have an authorization to work in Jerusalem at the time, according to Israeli forces.
His family said that he had a neurological problem before being arrested, and that it got worse while he was being held in custody. At the start of August, he was sent to Assaf Horveh Medical Center.
According to the PPC, the family of Abu Mahamid was notified by Israeli officials that their loved one’s remains will be transferred for burial later on Saturday.
The PPC stated in a statement that “Abu Mahamid was the victim of the crime of willful medical incompetence.”
According to the statement, harassment of Palestinians on the pretense that they had entered Israel illegally has “got out of control” since the start of the year, including both incarceration and murders.
The family of Ahmad Harb Ayyad, a 32-year-old Palestinian worker who was killed in July after being physically assaulted close to the security barrier in the West Bank city of Tulkarm, accused the Israeli army of being responsible for his murder.
The assault, which occurred two weeks after Israeli soldiers murdered 53-year-old Nabil Ahmad Ghanem when he was on his way to his job inside Israel near the separation wall in the south of Qalqilia city, was not reported by the Israeli army.
After Israeli prison authorities gave in to their requests to lift the severe restrictions that had been implemented throughout jails for months, almost 1,000 Palestinian detainees halted their hunger strike. Abu Mahamid’s death occurred few days after that.
The prisoners’ requests that Israel overturn actions taken against them after six inmates escaped from the Gilboa prison in September of last year were met with Israeli resistance starting in February, leading to a series of intensifying actions, including the strike.
The harsher tactics included reducing yard time, tightening rules for individuals serving lengthy terms—particularly those serving life sentences who are placed in solitary confinement—and often moving inmates between prisons, which creates an unstable environment within cells.
According to the PPC, there are presently 4,550 Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, including 175 minors, 32 female inmates, 730 administrative detainees, and 551 people who are serving life sentences.
Palestinian rights organizations accuse the Israeli jail system of applying a purposeful, systemic policy of medical neglect to Palestinian inmates.
” The majority of the demands are linked to basic necessities that detainees have been refused since last September, including electrical appliances, some food items, and cleaning supplies,” according to Qadri Abu Bakr, the director of the Palestinian Authority’s prisons committee.
According to Abu Bakr, the Palestinian Authority has apparently been striving to raise awareness of the problem on a global scale, and prisoner organizations have also planned solidarity events that will be held in the majority of Palestinian cities.
The inmates had been briefed by the IPS that the political community had agreed on the steps taken and that they would be addressed there. Nevertheless, despite the inmates’ ongoing requests, the Palestinian Authority has not taken any significant action to put pressure on Israel or raise the matter on a global scale.