Palestinians demand the release of a seriously ill detainee

A spokesman for Israel’s prison service told AFP that Dakka is currently being held at the Shamir Medical Center in central Israel.

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  • A Palestinian serving time for the kidnapping and murder of an Israeli soldier is seriously ill with cancer.
  • The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club calls for his release.
  • He should be released in March 2025.

A Palestinian prisoners’ club pressed Thursday for the release of a critically ill detainee held by Israel for decades.

Palestinian man Walid Dakkah, who is serving time for the kidnapping and murder of an Israeli soldier, has cancer, an advocacy group said.

“He is now on artificial ventilation and his lungs and kidneys are in great distress,” the statement said.

A spokesman for Israel’s prison service told AFP that Dakka is currently being held at the Shamir Medical Center in central Israel.

Daqqa identifies as Palestinian, although he holds Israeli citizenship, which identifies him as Arab-Israeli.

Palestinians gathered in the Jordan River city of Hebron on Thursday to show solidarity with Dakka and other Palestinians in an Israeli-led demonstration.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said it had sent a letter to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Hebron and nearby Bethlehem, calling on the organization to intervene in the Dacca case.

An ICRC spokesman told AFP it had received the letter and the organization had previously visited Dhaka.

Dakka, 61, was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare type of blood cancer, in December, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said.

He was also diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 and is currently scheduled to be released in March 2025, the organization said.

Israeli judicial authorities did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for an early release on medical grounds.

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