The International Commission to Support Palestinians' Rights (ICSPR)


Date: 23 Sep 2021



Press release,


ICSPR: The Israeli Prison Administration bears the responsibility for the death of the Palestinian released prisoner Hussein Masalma.



The International Commission to Support Palestinians’ Rights (ICSPR) follows up with great concern and denunciation the death of the Palestinian released prisoner Hussein Masalma (40 years), who suffered leukemia, where the consultive Hospital in Ramallah announced his death yesterday, Wednesday, September 22, 2021, due to determination in his health condition as a result of the policy of medical neglect practiced against Palestinian prisoners in the occupation prisons.


The prisoner Hussein Masalmeh, was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to 20 years in prison, and was released in February 2021 before the end of his sentence due to the deterioration of his health due to leukemia.


ICSPR reminds all of the death of more than 226 Palestinian prisoners and detainees inside Israeli prisons, and stresses that the number of sick prisoners in the prisons of the Israeli occupation has reached 1,800 patients, of whom more than 600 Palestinian prisoners suffer from difficult and dangerous diseases and in need of urgent medical intervention. Therefore:

  • ICSPR holds the Israeli occupation authorities responsible for the death of “Masalma”, and considers the continuation of the policy of deliberate medical neglect against Palestinian prisoners as a full-fledged crime that requires punishment in line with the idea of ​​international justice.
  • ICSPR calls on the international community and its various organizations, for the necessity of conducting an immediate and impartial investigation into the death of Masalmeh, in light of the availability of dozens of evidences of systematic Israeli practices that deliberately subject Palestinian prisoners and detainees to the worst forms of medical neglect and delaying diagnosis and treatment.
  • ICSPR calls on the international contracting parties to the Fourth Geneva Conventions to carry out their legal duties, in order to pressure the Israeli occupation state to ensure that it respects the rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in its prisons, in accordance with the provisions of international humanitarian law and human rights law.