Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on the EU and the Human Rights Watch to investigate the suspicious circumstances which led to the death of Palestinian prisoner, Nassar Majed Taqatqa, in an Israeli prison.
Speaking from Strasbourg, Martina Anderson said:
“Nassar Majed Taqatqa was detained by Israeli authorities on the 19th June 2019, following the raiding of his family home in the south of the occupied West Bank.
“He was moved to the Israeli prison of al-Jalameh for interrogation, after which he was put in solitary confinement in Nitzan prison, where he was declared dead today.
“Jawad Thawabteh, a member of the Fatah movement in Bethlehem, told WAFA the Israeli forces brought Taqatqa handcuffed to his family house about two weeks ago to search it and that he was severely beaten before taking him back to prison.
“Yet again we’re seeing the Israeli forces acting with impunity and flouting International Human Rights laws, in relation to Palestinian prisoners, with allegations of torture, brutality and isolation, which is suspected to have led to the death of Nassar Majed Taqatqa.
“Nassar’s family has stated that he had no medical or health issues, which only make the circumstances surrounding his passing more suspicious.
“The EU and Human Rights Watch need to investigate the circumstances which led to his death fully and hold the Israeli authorities to account on their treatment of Palestinian prisoners.
“I also call on the EU to suspend the EU-Israeli association agreement due to the ongoing human rights violations carried out by Israel on the Palestinian people.”