[Pnews] Palestinian women prisoners escalate struggle against repression

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  Palestinian women prisoners escalate struggle against repression

31 October 2018

Palestinian women in HaSharon prison 
are continuing their protest <http://asravoice.ps/post/10532/> against 
the imposition of surveillance cameras on 5 September in the prison 
yard. The placement of surveillance cameras also cover the collective 
kitchens, washing machine areas and prayer areas. Since that time, for 
56 days, the women have refused to go out for recreation or enter the 
areas under surveillance until the cameras are removed.

The imposition of the surveillance cameras was one of the latest 
repressive actions initiated by Israeli minister Gilad Erdan 
committee, charged with rolling back the accomplishments of the 
Palestinian prisoners won through years of struggle. Erdan, who is the 
Minister of Public Security responsible for the Israel Prison Service, 
is also the Minister of Strategic Affairs responsible for international 
campaigns against Palestine solidarity activists and the growing 
boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

In addition to the activation of the surveillance cameras, the Israeli 
prison administration confiscated thousands of books and cut the amount 
of water that prisoners could access. Since the prisoners began their 
protest, the repression has only increased.

Women prisoners have been denied family visits; the hot water was cut 
off to the women’s section. Arab TV channels were removed from their 
television access. Women prisoners have been fined, excessively searched 
and the amounts of meat and vegetables they receive have been 
significantly reduced, prisoner advocates have reported. The 
surveillance cameras had previously been imposed several years ago, but 
were covered and deactivated after extensive protest.

Now, the prison administration is threatening to move all of the women 
prisoners to Damon prison. Palestinian women political prisoners are 
held in two Israeli prisoners – HaSharon and Damon prisons. There are 
approximately 31 women and girls in HaSharon prison and 20 in Damon 
prison. While the conditions in both prisons are difficult and 
repressive, Damon is even more notorious because of its distant location 
from the military courts in which the women are tried. Women prisoners 
have frequently cited the use of the “bosta 
– a vehicle used to transport prisoners, where they are shackled 
throughout the journey which often takes hours upon hours due to 
repeated stops, security checks and other delays.

Dr. Raafat Hamdouna of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studiessaid 
that this action <ttp://asravoice.ps/post/10577/> reflects the fact that 
the Israeli prison administration cannot handle the women’s protest for 
the past 54 days. By transferring the prisoners, the prison 
administration seeks to circumvent the protest and create a situation of 
confusion and instability. He noted that a mass transfer and the opening 
of new section requires substantial effort from the IPS in order to deny 
the women prisoners’ struggle. He called for widespread action to work 
to release the Palestinian women prisoners. h

In support of the women prisoners in HaSharon, male prisoners in Hadarim 
have announced a program of struggle for their demands. They have joined 
the women of HaSharon in refusing to go out to the prison yard. Two 
prisoners, Kifah Hattab and Khalil Abu Aram, launched an open hunger 
strike on 24 October; they are now on their 8th day without food. The 
ill prisoners in Hadarim have rejected medicine and clinic visits. In 
response, the prison administration has isolated five prisoners in 
solitary confinement cells, closed the kitchen and “canteen” (prison 
store) and threatened to transfer the prisoners collectively to isolation.

The protest was also sparked byrepressive actions in Hadarim 
<http://maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=965589> that began around 20 
October, including the removal of all chairs and tables from the prison 
yard and forcing all prisoners to leave their rooms during a so-called 
“security check.” These actions also came as part of Erdan’s escalation 
against Palestinian prisoners.

As the women prisoners have continued their protests against repression, 
Khalida Jarrar 
the Palestinian leftist leader and parliamentarian, was once again 
ordered to administrative detention without charge or trial. Jarrar has 
been jailed since July 2017 under repeated administrative detention orders

Asiya Kaabneh <http://asramedia.ps/post/7933>, 41 and the mother of nine 
children, was also sentenced to 42 months in Israeli prison; she has 
been jailed since 24 April 2017 when she was seized by Israeli 
occupation soldiers. She was charged with attempting to stab an 
occupation soldier at the Qalandiya checkpoint, and she was brought back 
to military court 15 times before being sentenced by the Ofer military 
court on 30 October.

In addition, Wafaa Mahmoud Mahdawi, <http://asramedia.ps/post/7932/> 45, 
the mother of Ashraf Na’alwa, who is currently being pursued by 
occupation soldiers, was ordered detained again for an additional eight 
days on 30 October.  The entire Na’alwa family has been subject to 
collective punishment 
and repeated arrests in order to attempt to pressure Ashraf to turn 
himself in. Wafaa, who is held in the Jalameh interrogation center, has 
been detained since 17 October along with her son Amjad Na’alwa aand her 
daughter Fairuz.

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network stands in solidarity 
with these women prisoners on the front lines of the resistance to 
repression and the battle for freedom. We urge broader international 
solidarity with their steadfastness and dedication in confronting 
occupation and oppression, to achieve their demands and to win their 

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