Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network mourns the death of Daoud al-Khatib from Bethlehem, who died of a heart attack in Ofer prison after over 18 years in Israeli prisons and with just less than six months remaining in his sentence.
His imprisonment itself was fundamentally unjust, like that of his over 4,700 fellow Palestinian political prisoners, imprisoned for their just resistance to colonization, occupation and oppression.
Daoud al-Khatib’s death also reflects the systematic policy of medical neglect practiced against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, the denial of adequate health care and the damaging conditions of daily life.
Over 225 Palestinian prisoners have lost their lives in Israeli prisons, many due to medical neglect and mistreatment. All of them are martyrs in the struggle for justice and liberation.
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joins with his fellow Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian people in our anger and our demands for justice and the liberation of all of the prisoners – and of all of Palestine, from the river to the sea.
The following calls of protest were recorded in the Negev desert prison: