Palestinian prisoner after 17 years in Israel loses his memory

Palestinian Mansur co-Shahatit (35), who had not yet turned 18 when he was sentenced to prison by Israel, lost his health and memory in the prison where he spent 17 years.

Mansur, who lives in the village of Hursa in the south of the West Bank, was detained in 2003 for allegedly injuring an Israeli in the Bir’us Sebi region. Mansur, who spent most of his 17-year prison sentence in solitary confinement, was released from Negev Prison a few days ago.

His family and relatives who came to the Bir’us Sebi checkpoint in the south of the West Bank to welcome their sons were surprised when they saw Mansur’s situation.

The welcome moment that had been dreamed of for years turned out to be a little different than expected. Mansur, who did not know his mother during a visit while in prison, could not recognize most of his relatives who came to meet him now.

The young man could not even meet the guests who came to their home to convey their wishes, due to health problems.


Mansur’s father, El-Haj Yusuf Şehatit, said in his statement, “When I saw my son, his condition was deplorable, it was very difficult, but I tried to control my nerves. Mansur was a young man weighing about 75 kilograms, he had an extraordinary mind. I was astonished when I saw it. ” he told in words.

Noting that the young man was detained in 2003 for injuring an Israeli in the Bir’us Sebi region and was sentenced to 17 years in prison after a harsh investigation process, father Şehatit continued as follows:

“My son was transferred to different prisons. But he spent his most difficult days in solitary confinement. He spent about 13 years in solitary confinement for the first 3 years continuously, and then intermittently. He was often handcuffed on his hands and feet.”

Father Şehatit stated that they were able to obtain a limited number of visitation permits during the detention period and stated that his son suffered from medical negligence and health problems that caused him to partially lose his memory.

Stating that his son was not treated in prison, his health deteriorated and he had problems with his memory, Şehatit said, “On the one hand, isolation, on the other hand, the bad behavior of the prison staff, took Mansur from his health and memory.” he spoke.

Şehatit described the neglect of his son’s treatment as a “execution” and accused the prison staff of giving Mansur some unknown drugs and causing his health condition to deteriorate.


Şehatit noted that they could not visit his son for 7 years, and in other years he was only allowed once a year.

Noting that Mansur’s health has deteriorated since 2010, Şehatit stated that his son is now at a stage where he will not recognize his mother who visited him.


Noting that they wanted the solitary confinement to be terminated, the father said at the court that his son asked Israel not to make any demands.

Stating that he participated in all kinds of activities organized within the framework of supporting Palestinian prisoners for 17 years, Şehatit stated that he tried to make his voice heard but failed.


Şehatit stated that his son’s release should be on March 11, and even that his mother went to visit for this, but his son was released with a delay of one month.

The painful father, stating that he is disturbed by his son’s heart and will initiate the treatment process, said, “How can I leave my liver in this state. There is negligence of the authorities about my son’s health, at least I want to draw the attention of the world to this issue.” said.

Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammed Istiyye visited Mansur and his family yesterday. During his visit, Prime Minister Istiyye conveyed the decision of President Mahmud Abbas to be transferred to a hospital in Beytullahim for the treatment of Mansur.


Munkiz Abu Atvan, researcher on Palestinian prisoners, said, “What happened to Mansur co-Shahatit is due to the constant torture of the prison administration and the solitary confinement in solitary cells.” he spoke.

“Israeli prisons were prepared with scientific and engineering studies to destroy the psychological and physical infrastructure of Palestinian prisoners,” he said. used the expressions.

Saying that the occupation forces destroyed the physical health of Palestinian prisoners with various diseases and tried to disrupt their mental health, Abu Atvan stated that he would return to society as a sick individual and therefore he could not take part in the construction of society and in the fight against the occupation forces.

PALESTINIAN Prisoners in Israel’s Prisons

According to official Palestinian sources, there are still 4,450 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, 365 of whom are administrative prisoners.

Israel can detain Palestinians for 1 to 6 months, based on intelligence, with what it calls “administrative detention”.

If it is decided that the detainee “poses a threat to Israel’s security”, the military judge can extend his detention up to 5 years without even being charged.

According to the reports of the non-governmental organization, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Association, Israel deliberately uses medical negligence on Palestinian prisoners or leaves them to “slow death”.

The Society reported that by the end of 2020, the number of sick prisoners in prisons belonging to the occupation forces reached 700, 300 of them had chronic diseases and their health status should be closely monitored.

The Prisoners Association also noted that approximately 10 prisoners were also cancer patients.

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