[News] On International Womens Day, stand with Palestinian women prisoners
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On International Womens Day, stand with Palestinian women prisoners
Submitted by Maureen Clare Murphy on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 01:18
The Palestinian prisoner rights group
out a statement today marking International
Womens Day (March 8), calling for the release of
all Palestinian female
Israel currently holds seven Palestinian female
prisoners in detention, including
al-Shalabi, who is being held without charge or
trial and has been on hunger strike since 16
February. Al-Shalabi vowed to continue her hunger
strike today as a military judge postponed the
decision in the appeal of al-Shalabis four-month
administrative detention order.
an update on al-Shalabis case today, Addameer reported:
Addameer lawyer Mahmoud Hassan noted that Hana
appeared to be very weak in todays hearing, and
was handled roughly by soldiers. The military
judge only allowed four of Hanas lawyers to be
present in the room and asked all others to
leave. After hearing the legal arguments of her
defense team and the military prosecution, the
judge requested that the prosecution consider
revising its position before he made a decision.
He stated that he would make his decision on
Sunday, 11 March, or Monday, 12 March.
Hanas father arrived at Ofer military base at
8:00am in order to see Hana, but the military
judge and Israeli soldiers made every effort to
ensure that he would not be able to see her even
from a distance. Furthermore, the door of the
courtroom in which the hearing took place was
locked so that no one would be able to open the
door for him to look through from outside. The
military judge repeatedly rejected all of Hanas
lawyers inquiries related to this matter.
Prior to this afternoons hearing, members of the
Nahshona special escort and intervention unit of
the Israeli Prison Service known for its
particularly brutal treatment of Palestinian
prisonersarrived to transfer Hana from Hasharon
Prison to Ofer. Hana stated that prior to her
transfer to the court, a female soldier informed
Hana that she would be conducting a strip search
in front of the other female prisoners. After
arguing, the female soldier agreed to conduct the
strip search in the bathroom. After the strip
search, Hana was told that she would be punished
upon her return to Hasharon. Hanas arms and legs
were then shackled in a very strict manner.
Calls for solidarity with Hana al-Shalabi
In Palestine, International Womens Day is always
an occasion to highlight the particular way that
Israeli occupation impacts Palestinian womens
lives, but this year the day is being focused around Hana al-Shalabi.
an interview published today on The Electronic
Intifada, the Union of Palestinian Womens
Committees leader Khitam Saafin reiterates that
Women must have solidarity [with Hana
al-Shalabi] and support Hana in her strike.
similar call was made in a statement by
Palestinian feminist and activist
Abdu, whose husband, civil society leader
Makhoul, is currently held in Gilboa prison. In
her statement, Abdu calls on international
womens and feminist organizations to stand in
solidarity with Hana al-Shalabi and other
Palestinian women prisoners, as well as the women
family members of male Palestinian political prisoners.
Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations
also made a statement in support of al-Shalabi on
the occasion of Womens Day, calling for international action:
PCHRO urges the international community to stand
in solidarity with Hana, today of all days, as a
first step towards ending its longstanding
inaction in the face of Israels disregard for
international law. Hana should not be forced to
wait 66 days before the world sits up and takes
notice. Given that Israel does not grant due
process and humane treatment to Palestinians, she
must be released immediately. By failing to do
so, the international community will only
contribute to the perpetuation of such violations
and add to the climate of impunity that currently prevails in the OPT.
International solidarity groups have also made
calls in support of Hana al-Shalabi on
International Womens Day. The Palestine
Solidarity Group-Chicago (with which I am
supporters to send messages of support to Hana
al-Shalabi and put pressure on Israel release
her. The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
has put out a similar
in support of Hana al-Shalabi and against
Israels violations of Palestinian womens rights.
International Womens Day statement follows:
Calling for the Release of All Palestinian Female
Political Prisoners on International Womens Day:
Free Lina Jarbuni, Wurud Qassem, Salwa Hassan,
Alaa Jubeh, Hana Shalabi, Yusra Qaadan and Manal Suwan!
Ramallah, 7 March 2012 - Join Addameer and call
for the immediate release of all female political
prisoners and detainees from Israeli prisons on
Womens Day, 8 March 2012. As of March 2012,
seven Palestinian women remain in Israels
prisons and detention centers, including one
woman, Hana Shalabi, currently held in
administrative detention and on hunger strike for 21 days.
Over 10,000 Palestinian women have been arrested
and detained since 1967 under Israeli military
orders, which govern nearly every aspect of life
in the occupied Palestinian territory. There were
36 Palestinian female prisoners in Israeli
prisons prior to the exchange deal concluded by
the Israeli government and Hamas in October 2011.
Hamas reported that Israel agreed to include all
female political prisoners in the exchange deal.
However, two women, Lina Jarbuni and Wurud
Qassem, who have been in prison since before the
first phase of releases on 18 October 2011, and
an additional two women, Salwa Hassan and Alaa
Jubeh, who were arrested before the second phase
of releases on 18 December 2011, are still in Israeli detention.
Addameer aims to raise awareness about each of
the seven women currently detained by Israel, two
of whom were arrested just this week, in the
hopes that continued international pressure will secure their release:
Lina Jarbuni was arrested on 18 April 2002 and
sentenced to 17 years in Israeli prison. She is
currently held in Hasharon Prison. She is from
Arrabet al-Batoof, in the Galilee region. Lina is 36 years old.
Wurud Qassem was 20 years old when she was
arrested on 4 October 2006. She was sentenced to
6 years in prison and is currently held in Damon
Prison. Wurud is from Al-Tira, in the Triangle
region, and is now 25 years old.
Salwa Hassan was arrested on 19 October 2011, and
is currently in Hasharon prison awaiting trial.
She is 53 years old and lives in Hebron. Salwa is
married and has six children.
Alaa Jubeh was only 17 years old when she was
arrested from her home in Hebron on 7 December
2011. She is currently detained in Hasharon
prison and has not yet been sentenced. Under
Israeli military orders, a Palestinian childs
sentence is decided on the basis of the childs
age at the time of sentencing, and not at the
time when the alleged offense was committed.
Therefore, because Alaa turned 18 on 29 January
2012, she will now be sentenced as an adult.
Hana Shalabi was re-arrested on 16 February 2012,
less than four months after being released as
part of the prisoner exchange deal on 18 October
2011. Hana had previously spent over two years in
administrative detention. She received a
six-month administrative detention order on 23
February 2012, which was reduced to four months
on 4 March. Hana began an open hunger strike
immediately after her arrest, and will enter her
22nd day without food on Womens Day. She is
currently detained in Hasharon Prison. Hana is
from Burqin village, near Jenin, and is 30 years old.
Yusra Qaadan was arrested on 4 March 2012, while
visiting a family member in prison. She is
currently detained for interrogation in
Beersheva. Yusra, 30 years old, is from Qalqilya.
She is married and has four children.
Manal Suwan was arrested on 6 March 2012 and is
currently under interrogation in Hasharon Prison.
Manal, married and a mother of two, is 31 years
old. She is from a village near Qalqilya.
Addameer reiterates its concern about the general
conditions Palestinian female prisoners and
detainees face while in Israeli prisons, which
has been carefully documented. Addameer condemns
the cruel and discriminatory treatment that
Palestinian women prisoners and detainees are
subjected to in prison, including sexual
harassment, psychological and physical punishment
and humiliation, and a lack of gender-sensitive
healthcare. These practices are in contravention
to international law and must stop immediately.
There are crucial steps that can be taken by the
Israeli authorities, particularly the Israeli
military and the Israeli Prison Service, to
fulfill their obligations under international law
in respect to the detention conditions of
Palestinian women and in protection of their human rights:
End the systematic abuse of administrative
detention and provide every female detainee and
prisoner with access to the legal support she is
entitled to under international humanitarian law;
Provide female prisoners with detailed
information on the length of their detention and
the date of their release without undue delay;
Ensure that prison and detention cells meet basic
requirements of hygiene and health as required by
the UN Minimum Standard Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners;
Immediately bring to an end practices of sexual
violence, including strip searches and invasive
body searches and use of threats and/or other forms of sexual assault;
Conduct proper independent and serious
investigations into complaints of assault, and
provide safeguards until proper investigation
outcomes are reached; Allow visits of specialized
doctors adequately trained to deliver health care
in a prison environment, including mental health
doctors, and ensure that hospital/doctor visits are allowed when requested;
Allow open family visits and communication with family members via phone.
**** ACT NOW!
Here is how you can help these seven Palestinian
women prisoners: Attend an event supporting
Palestinian female prisoners on Womens Day.
Addameer would like to draw attention to various
local actions supporting Hana Shalabi and womens
rights, including a demonstration at Qalandia
checkpoint at 12:30pm, a march starting at
Damascus Gate in Jerusalem at 2:00pm, and a
protest in Haifa. Send a letter with the above
statement and recommendations to:
Israeli Prison Service Ministry of Public
Security, P.O. Box 18182, Jerusalem 91181
Brigadier General Danny Efroni, Military Advocate
General, 6 David Elazar Street Harkiya, Tel Aviv
Fax: +972 3 608 0366; +972 3 569 4526 Email:
<mailto:arbel at mail.idf.il>arbel at mail.idf.il;
<mailto:avimn at idf.gov.il>avimn at idf.gov.il
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
Ehud Barak Ministry of Defense 37 Kaplan Street,
Hakirya Tel Aviv 61909 Fax: +972 3 691 6940 / 696 2757
Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi OC Central Command Nehemia
Base, Central Command Neveh Yaacov, Jerusalam Fax: +972 2 530 5741
Col. Eli Bar On Legal Advisor of Judea and
Samaria PO Box 5 Beit El 90631 Fax: +972 2 9977326
Write to your own elected representatives urging
them to pressure Israel to release all Palestinian women prisoners.
Send letters of support to the women in prison.
If you wish to write letters to a detainee -
please contact Addameer at
<mailto:info at addameer.ps>info at addameer.ps and we will provide you with details.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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