[Pnews] 61 Palestinian women political prisoners in Israeli jails include five administrative detainees
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Mon Aug 7 10:46:10 EDT 2017
61 Palestinian women political prisoners in Israeli jails include five
August 6, 2017
There are currently 61 Palestinian women prisoners in Israeli jails,
according to reports by the Asra Media Center
<http://asramedia.ps/post/4467>. They include 10 minor girls and five
women jailed without charge or trial under Israeli administrative
detention, including Palestinian parliamentarian, national leader and
leftist feminist Khalida Jarrar
On Sunday, 6 August, Palestinian prisoner Dalal Abu Hawa
<http://asravoice.ps/post/7485>, 39, from occupied Jerusalem, was
released after a 12-month sentence inside Israeli occupation prisons.
She was seized on 28 August 2016 and accused of transferring funds to
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, especially those affiliated with
Hamas. She is also barred from entering her home city of Jerusalem. Her
son, Omar, 17, is a Palestinian child prisoner who has been jailed for
17 months out of a two-year sentence, accused of throwing stones at
occupation forces. She is the mother of six children and was separated
from her then nine-month-old baby by her arrest by Israeli occupation
At the same time, on early Sunday morning, Amina Abatli
<http://asramedia.ps/post/4464/>, the wife of Palestinian prisoner Adib
al-Ghoulban, was seized by Israeli occupation forces along with eight
other Palestinians. Al-Ghoulban has been held in Israeli prison for one
and a half months and was ordered to administrative detention without
charge or trial; first his uncle, Khamis al-Ghoulban was arrested by
occupation forces and now his wife.
The number of women prisoners in Israeli jails has escalated in the past
several months. There are reportedly 25 women held in Damon prison and
36 in HaSharon prison. 29 of the Palestinian women prisoners are still
subjected to ongoing interrogation and have not been sentenced.
25 Palestinian women have been sentenced and are serving sentences of
eight months to 16 years, and five women are held without charge or
trial under administrative detention.
There are 10 Palestinian minor girls held in HaSharon prison, in
addition to multiple 18-year-old women who have been jailed since they
were girls and were sentenced as minor girls. One of the youngest women
in Damon prison is Jamila Daoud Jaber, 18, of Salfit; she turned 18
while jailed by the Israeli occupation forces. She has been imprisoned
since 7 May 2016. Esraa Sameeh Jaber, 18, from al-Khalil, has been
imprisoned since 12 February 2017 and is not sentenced until today. Also
from al-Khalil are Nour Zureiqat, 18, imprisoned for one year, and Lama
Amal Jamal Kabha, 17, from Jenin, is serving an 18-month sentence. She
has been jailed since August 2016. Marah Louay Jaidi, 16, from Qalqilya,
has been imprisoned since early 2017. The Jerusalemite prisoner, Malak
Yousef Suleiman, 16, has been jailed since 9 February 2016 and like
other Jerusalemite child prisoners, has been subject to an extremely
lengthy sentence of 10 years.
Some of the other young Jerusalemites who have been subject to lengthy
sentences include Marah Bakir, 18, sentenced to 8 years imprisonment,
Nurhan Awad, 18, sentenced to 13 years imprisonment, and Manar Shweiki,
18, sentenced to 6 years in prison. All three were minors when seized by
occupation forces and imprisoned.
A fellow child prisoner <http://asramedia.ps/post/4462/> among the
Palestinian girls is Hadia Ibrahim Arainat, 16, from Jericho, imprisoned
since 3 March 2016 and serving a 3-year sentence. Malak al-Ghaliz, 14,
is the youngest Palestinian girl prisoner, imprisoned since 20 May 2017,
charged with possession of a knife.
The ages of the women prisoners range from 14 to 59 years. The eldest
woman prisoner is Ibtisam Mousa, 59, of Gaza, seized on 19 May 2017 as
she attempted to cross the Beit Hanoun/Erez crossing – in full
possession of a permit from the Israeli occupation – accompanying her
sister as she sought treatment for cancer.
The two Palestinian women prisoners serving the longest sentences are
Shatila Abu Ayada
24, from Kufr Qasem and a Palestinian from ’48, and Shurouq Dwayyat
20, a Palestinian student from Jerusalem. Both are serving 16-year
sentences inside Israeli occupation prisons and were subject to massive
and highly disparate and unjust sentencing.
There are 11 women prisoners from Jerusalem and 12 from al-Khalil.
Five women are being held under administrative detention:
Palestinian parliamentarian and leftist national leader Khalida Jarrar,
54, was ordered to six months in administrative detention after she was
seized by Israeli occupation forces on 2 July. Also ordered to
administrative detention was Khitam Saafin
the President of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, jailed for
three months without charge or trial after she was seized simultaneously
with Jarrar on 2 July.
35, from Jerusalem, has been imprisoned without charge or trial under
repeatedly renewed detention orders since 19 June 2016. Ihsan Dababseh
32, was ordered to six months in administrative detention after she was
seized by occupation forces on 27 February 2017. Afnan Ahmad Abu Haneya,
21, from Ramallah, was recently ordered to three months in
They are among approximately 500 total Palestinians imprisoned without
charge or trial under administrative detention orders, which are
indefinitely renewable. Palestinians have routinely spent years at a
time jailed under such orders.
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