Palestinian prisoner given 30 minutes to visit dying son

Palestine

Published: 2017-11-01 13:33

Last Updated: 2017-11-01 15:11


Majd before being diagnosed with cancer (Alaraby)
Majd before being diagnosed with cancer (Alaraby)
Roya News Source

A Palestinian prisoner was allowed to see his son, who is battling cancer, for 30 minutes on Monday, Wafa reported.

Rajab Tahhan, who is currently serving a life sentence in an Israeli prison, was able to see Majd, 19, who has leukemia, at an Israeli hospital where he is being treated.

Rajab was not able to see any other family members during the visit at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. During the 30-minute visit his hands and feet were cuffed, according to Maan.

The hospital ward was reportedly shut down during the short visit.

Rajab reportedly did not initially recognize Majd, and he had to ask his son his name, siblings’ names, and about uncles and grandparents, before realizing his features had changed from his sickness, Palestine News Network (PNN) wrote.

“The father and the son cried during the entire visit, which, according to Tahhan family members, was mixed with feelings of joy and sadness at the same time,” Wafa said.

According to prisoner’s rights group Addameer, 6279 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of August 2017, 465 of whom are under administrative detention and 300 are children.