JERUSALEM – In yet another violation of Palestinian rights, the Israel occupation authorities issue permits to large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian and Arab prisoners, according to a report by Israeli Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian issued yesterday.
In addition, the Hebrew University lecturer also revealed that the Israeli military firms are testing weapons on Palestinian children and carry out these tests in the Palestinian neighborhoods of occupied Jerusalem.
During her speech at Columbia University in New York City, Shalhoub-Kevorkian revealed that she collected the data while carrying out a research project for the Hebrew University.
“Palestinian spaces are laboratories,” she said. “The invention of products and services of state-sponsored security corporations are fueled by long-term curfews and Palestinian oppression by the Israeli army.
“They check for which bombs to use, gas bombs or stink bombs. Whether to put plastic sacks or cloth sacks. To beat us with their rifles or to kick us with boots,” she added during her discussion speech entitled “Disturbing Spaces – Violent Technologies in Palestinian Jerusalem.”
The AANews talked to University of Detroit Mercy Law professor and Palestinian-American activist Amer Zahr about this report.
“This is sadly just the latest example of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as subhuman,” he said. “We have seen this for over 70 years. Hopefully, the world is shocked by this revelation.
“We Palestinians are not surprised at all,” he added.
Last week, Israeli authorities refused to hand over the body of Fares Baroud, who passed away inside Israeli prisons after suffering from a number of diseases. His family fear that he could have been used for such tests and Israel is afraid this could be revealed through forensic investigations, the Middle East Monitor reported.