[Pnews] Palestinian women students subject to repression and arrest by Israeli occupation
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Palestinian women students subject to repression and arrest by Israeli
July 31, 2016
Palestinian students are being targeted for their political activity, in
particular women students, reported the Asra Media Center
<http://asramedia.ps/post/13416> on Sunday, 31 July.
A number of young women active with the Islamic Bloc, one of the student
council blocs that participates in university activities, organizing,
and elections, have been arrested in recent months, including Shurouq
Dwayyat, a student at the University of Bethlehem, was arrested on 7
October 2015; Ansam Shawahneh
student at An-Najah University, arrested on 9 March 2016; Salsabil
Shalaldeh, student at Palestine Polytechnic University, arrested on 8
April 2016 and sentenced to 7 months in prison; Noor Darwish, Salam Abu
Sharar, and Hala Bitar,
above) all students at Al-Quds University arrested 19 April 2016; Banan
Al-Quds University student, arrested on 16 July 2016; and Sujoud
Al-Rifai, arrested by occupation forces on 7 May 2016.
Women student activists from other political blocs are also targeted,
such as Donya Musleh
of the Progressive Student Labor Front, currently serving a 10-month
prison sentence for Facebook postings. Israeli occupation forces’
attacks on Palestinian students tend to escalate around the time of
university elections, in an attempt to suppress voting and political
participation in student elections, especially for blocs viewed as
supportive of Palestinian resistance.
Former prisoner Wiam Aseeda
herself a student at An-Najah University when she was arrested, said
that students are being targeted in their homes and at military
checkpoints as means of suppressing student activism and psychologically
injuring not only students, but their entire families. “Any student that
is active in her university is threatened with arrest and charge for
prohibited activities, and with paying a penalty in Zionist military
courts,” said Aseeda.
Another young woman,Hanadi Rashid
<http://alasra.ps/ar//index.php?act=post&id=28976>, 22, was arrested by
Israeli occupation forces on 7 July near the Ibrahimi Mosque in
Al-Khalil’s Old City; she was accused of possessing a knife inside her
bag. Rashid, a mother of three, told her lawyer on Sunday, 7 July that
she had been hit on her neck and back with a stick, screamed at with
profanity and spit on by Israeli occupation interrogators before being
transferred to HaSharon prison.
There are approximately 60 Palestinian women currently imprisoned in
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