Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Israel Delays Parole Hearing for Writer Walid Daqqa


An Israeli court has delayed a parole committee to consider the early release of terminally ill Palestinian prisoner Walid Daqqa, 61, who was recently transferred to hospital. Daqqa, who is suffering from advanced bone marrow cancer, was moved to the intensive care unit at the Assaf Harofeh hospital south of Tel Aviv on Monday due to further health complications. He was sentenced to 37 years in prison in 1986 for involvement in the killing of an Israeli soldier and completed his sentence in March 2023. However, Israeli authorities extended his sentence by two years in 2017 over charges of smuggling cell phones into prison. Dozens of Palestinians protested in Ramallah on Tuesday for Daqqa’s immediate release.

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