RAMALLAH (Anadolu) – The last days of the so-called administrative detention for Palestinian prisoner Nabil Rajoub in the occupied territories were too tormenting that caused him to lose his memory.
A father of four, 40-year-old Rajoub was thrown by Zionist prison authorities near the Sabaa crossing in the southern West Bank after he was released from Negev prison south of the occupied territories.
He was then picked by a Palestinian ambulance to the Al-Khalil hospital as pictures of him lying helplessly on the ground went viral on social media.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency from his home in the village of Al-Koum west of Al-Khalil, Rajoub recalled the harsh conditions he was subjected to in the last days of his eight-month “administrative detention”.
Rajoub said he was put in solitary confinement on December 5-9 and was left without food or drink until the day of his release.
“I was dragged from among the prisoners, taken to a solitary confinement cell and my feet were chained together”, he said, adding that his shackles hanged from a nearby small bed.
Moreover, he explained, his hands were tied behind his back which made him cry in agony. “They did not give me even water to drink.”
Rajoub said he was left in that situation for five days.
He explained that the jailers would often step on his feet cuffs, which caused marks still apparent on his hands and feet.
The policy of administrative detention allows Zionist regime authorities to detain Palestinians without charge or trial.
In his solitary confinement, Zionist jailers lied to him that his children died in a car accident, which exacerbated his suffering.
Besides, he was deprived of medical care and from taking his daily medication despite showing the prison authorities his medical reports.
After five days in tormenting conditions in his solitary cell, Rajoub said he suffered “a nervous breakdown” as evident in the videos circulated on social media to the extent that he did not recognize his children, mother, other family members, and friends.
Rajoub’s plight raises concerns about the treatment of Palestinians in the Zionist regime’s prisons.
Now free, Rajoub has appealed to Palestinian officials and the free world “to intervene to save the prisoners and to bring their case to the International Criminal Court” before it is too late.
There are around 4,500 Palestinian detainees in the occupying regime’s prisons, including 520 administrative detainees, according to institutions concerned with prisoners’ affairs.