[Pnews] Imprisoned Palestinian women and girls: Detention extended for Lina Khattab, Malaak Khatib; Mona Qa’adan trial postponed for 19th time

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Mon Jan 19 10:46:11 EST 2015

  Imprisoned Palestinian women and girls: Detention extended for Lina
  Khattab, Malaak Khatib; Mona Qa’adan trial postponed for 19th time

Jan 18, 2015

The hearing of Palestinian 18-year-old first-year Bir Zeit media 
student, Lina Khattab 
was postponed by an additional week, until 25 January, by an Israeli 
military court on 18 January. This is the sixth time she has been 
brought before military court, each time denied any kind of substantive 
hearing, and yet denied release even under bail or house arrest. She is 
accused of “throwing stones” and “participating in an unlawful 
demonstration,” charges frequently used against Palestinians 
participating in or near public demonstrations calling for Palestinian 
freedom. *Click here to take action and demand freedom for Lina 

Also on 18 January, the occupation military court at Ofer extended the 
detention of Malaak al-Khatib 
14-year-old Palestinian girl who has been imprisoned since 31 December 
2014 on accusations of “throwing stones” at Israeli occupation soldiers 
at the settler bypass road closed to Palestinians near her school. Her 
detention has been extended 3 times since her original arrest. She is 
one of around 500-700 Palestinian children are detained 
<http://dci-palestine.org/> and arrested by the Israeli occupation 
forces each year. If children are charged at all, it is usually with 
“throwing stones.”

In addition, the trial of Mona Qa’adan 
42, of Arraba near Jenin, was postponed for the nineteenth consecutive 
time until the end of January 2015. Qa’adan has been arrested since 13 
November 2012 and her trial has been postponed repeatedly since that 
date. She has been denied all family visits since her arrest; each of 
her family members has been denied permission to visit on the pretext of 
“security.” She suffers from poor health, inclding arthritis, and for 
each one of these court hearings, she is transported over 10 hours via 
“Bosta” (small prisoner transport vehicle, in which prisoners are 
shackled during transport to court), which is physically as well as 
psychologically taxing.

Amal Taqatqa 
of Beit Fajjar, has been moved to HaSharon prison with the other women 
prisoners, from her previous location in hospital. She was shot and 
arrested on 1 December 2014 near Gush Etzion illegal settlement south of 
Bethlehem after a settler approached Israeli occupation soldiers in the 
area and accused her of attempting to stab him. Despite sensationalistic 
media reporting, the settler in question was in fact uninjured and 
required no medical treatment. She was shot with live ammunition and 
seriously injured and hospitalized. She was charged on 19 December with 
“attempted murder” despite the clear lack of evidence. Amal’s family was 
harrassed, interrogated and abused by Israeli soldiers following her 
shooting, with testimony provided to Al-Haq 

She requires the use of a wheelchair to move inside the prison; she 
cannot stand or walk unaided. Originally, her request for a wheelchair 
was denied until multiple prisoners reported her severe distress and 
demanded access to a wheelchair. She has been denied family visits since 
her arrest.

*Please click here to read information and resources on the 22 
Palestinian women and girls held as political prisoners in Israeli 

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