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Palestinian women prisoners to launch protests against mistreatment of family visitors

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Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network – August 20, 2016

Palestinian women prisoners are declaring their intention to launch a series of protests over mistreatment of their relatives during family visits, Ma’an News reported on Thursday.  In particular, Riyad al-Ashqar of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies noted that family visits are frequently denied, cut short or delayed and visitors forced to undergo strip searches.

Lena Jarbouni, the elected representative of the 42 women held in HaSharon prison, stated that the women will protest so long as their families continue to experience lengthy waits in the sun, humiliating strip searches, repeatedly altered visitation schedules and prohibition of clothing for the prisoners and other necessary items. Several women prisoners, including Ansam Shawahneh, 19, have been completely denied family visits. There are currently approximately 60 Palestinian women held in HaSharon and Damon prisons.

On Thursday, Ofer Military Court ordered Taghreed al-Faqih, 44, from Dura near al-Khalil, imprisoned for two months and fined 5000 NIS (approximately $1100 USD) for “incitement.” Al-Faqih, the sister of Mohammed al-Faqih, extrajudicially executed by Israeli forces who bulldozed and fired a missile into his home, was arrested after her brother’s killing on 12 July 2016.

On Monday, 15 August, Randa Ahati of al-Khalil was released on bail to house imprisonment in her home in Yatta until her next court date. A former prisoner held for nearly four years in Israeli prison, she was arrested by occupation forces while traveling between Bethlehem and al-Khalil.

Sana Abdelrahman Nayef Abu Sneineh, 24, from Dura near al-Khalil, was released on 15 August after six months in administrative detention. She was arrested on 17 February by Israeli occupation soldiers invading her home in a pre-dawn raid, accusing her of posting “inciting” material on Facebook. She was ordered to three months’ administrative detention without charge or trial, which was then renewed for an additional three months.

Two women remain in administrative detention without charge or trial, among nearly 750 Palestinians in total: Sabah Feroun, imprisoned since 19 June after an invasion of her Jerusalem home by Israeli occupation forces and ordered to six months in administrative detention, and Haneen Abdelqader Amer, 39, from Tulkarem, imprisoned since 27 March and accused of “incitement” on social media but ordered imprisoned without charge or trial.

August 20, 2016 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Subjugation - Torture | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that I support the Heroic Palestinian Women Prisoners in their fight against the mistreatment of their relatives by the Apartheid Israeli Gov’t.These women shouldn’t be in prison to begin with.These women are Political Prisoners and got the support of the majority of people in the world.
    A few days ago there was a Palestinian Film shown here called:Open Bethelem. The film was made by a Palestinian Woman named Leila Sansour.It is a good film about the daily life of Palestinians in Bethlehem under Israeli Occupational Forces.Palestinian Women are known around the world for their fight against Israeli Apartheid.At the present time a boat just left Italy on its way to Gaza.It has a crew of all Women from different parts of Europe,Canada and the USA.This boat will try to break the Blockade of Gaza.This kind of support will continue until Israeli Apartheid is overthrown.

    Comment by Stan Squires | September 28, 2016 | Reply


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