Ofer - Health Problems, Women

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Vivi Sury, Nitza Aminov (reporting)

Translation: Marganit W.


The medical treatment of prisoners at Damon Prison


Judge: Major Kamal Zaharaldin

Defendant: Safaa Abu Snine/ Abu Hassin

Defense: Attys. Ismail Tawil and Akram Samara


Safaa Abu-Snine was arrested on 18.6.18, for being a member of the “Hebron Women’s Council.”


Safaa has several health issues, which only exacerbated in jail. Her attorney testified that she does not get the necessary medication in prison, and when she does, that the dosage is too low. The state of her health was raised in an earlier hearing on 24.3.19.

The judge’s decision was included in the protocol: “In view of the defense’s claim that she does not receive the appropriate medication, the court will give a copy of the protocol to the prison health authorities where the accused is held.”

It is three months later and a similar comment is included in the protocol.


Safaa Abu Snina reported that on the night of 23.5.19 she had severe problems. It took several hours until a medic was summoned from the clinic. She testified that the medic gave her three types of medication, which caused her severe stomach pain and put her to sleep for a full day. She assumed they had given her sleeping pills. She claims that this is the treatment she gets every time she complains of stomach pains (a condition she had before her incarceration).


Now it says in the protocol: “a copy of the protocol is to be given by the court to the medical authorities in the prison where she is held, in view of her complaints about inadequate medical treatment.”


Safaa has long renounced her right to medical confidentiality, but her medical record has yet to reach the attorneys.

The next hearing is set for 1.7.19.


And here’s some more news from the court: above the separation barrier between the defendants’ bench and “the hall” they now erected a Perspex barrier about half a meter high. This added obstacle makes it harder for detaineesinfo-icon and their attorneys to communicate, but it mostly prevents the detainees to converse with their families.

The court authorities will surely claim that this is done for security reasons.