Palestine) -- Released Palestinian prisoner Murad Ahmad Abu Sakoot, 29, died in
a Jordanian hospital of a cancer he has been fighting for a long time.
Sakoot, who died on
January 13, was sentenced by Israeli Occupation Forces to 25 years imprisonment
for accusations of membership in Al Aqsa Brigades, the military wing of Fatah.
Several local, Israeli, and international human rights organizations pressured
Israel to release him after his right lung and part of his left lung were
extirpated because of cancer, which led to a severe deterioration in his
health. He was released in August 2005, after serving five years in Israeli
Raja Zaidat, a
relative of Sakoot, said that "Israel refused to release him at the
beginning, doing that it was possible to treat him." He added,
"Israel put a precondition to release him: once he takes the suitable
treatment, we (Israel) will arrest him. They waited until his situation
deteriorated knowing that he will die in order to release him."
released, Sakoot was admitted to the Al-Ahli hospital in Hebron for treatment.
He stayed the most time in that hospital before being transferred to Jordan for
"Murad wished to die in his homeland of Bani No'aim [a town near Hebron,
south of West Bank] close to his parents and friends, but it seems he will
return dead and only if the Israeli authorities give their permission to bring
his body back from Jordan."
The issue of Sakoot
cast a shadow on Palestinian prisoners that wait a lasting peace agreement in
order to be released from Israeli jails. The Palestinian prisoners, who number
about 10,500, play an important role in the Palestinians' internal life or to
any political negotiations with Israel.
The Palestinian prisoners who drew up and signed the
prisoners' National Accord Document in May 2006, on Sunday engaged in a day of
fasting in protest against the inter-Palestinian fighting. The prisoners who
signed the document, which was adopted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
as a base for national dialogue, were Marwan Barghouthi representing Fatah,
Abdul-khaliq An-Natshah representing Hamas, Bassam As-Sa'di representing
Islamic Jihad, Ahmad Sa'adat representing the Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine (PFLP) and Mustafa Badarnah representing the Democratic Front for
the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). They called for unity and rejection of
internal fighting and condemned every assault against Palestinian targets,
including assassinations, abductions, arson attacks and incitement campaigns.
perspective, Palestinian prisoners were upset because Israel didn't release
Palestinian prisoners after the meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last December. Olmert promised to
release Palestinian prisoners as goodwill gestures to Palestinians. Despite the
fact that Israel didn�t uphold any of its decisions, Palestinian prisoners hope
that a prisoners' exchange deal with abducted Israel soldier Gilad Shalit will
free some of them to rejoin their families and to get suitable medical
Mar'i is a journalist based in Ramallah, Occupied Palestine. He can be reached