[Pnews] International Women’s Day … 43 Palestinian Women in Detention

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  International Women’s Day … 43 Palestinian Women in Detention

March 5, 2020
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*International Women’s Day … 4**3 Palestinian Women in Detention*

On this International Women’s Day, there are 43 Palestinian females held 
in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 16 mothers, 8 
injured prisoners, 12 sick prisoners and 4 administrative detainees held 
without charge or trial. Those female prisoners also suffer from long 
sentences with a maximum of 16 years. All of the Palestinian female 
prisoners are held in Damon Prison since November 2018.

*The arrest of Palestinian women and girls*

Since the beginning of the occupation, over than 50 years ago in 1967, 
over 10,000 Palestinian women have been arrested and detained by Israeli 
occupation forces. In the past year, and just like previous years 
Palestinian women and girls are routinely arrested from the streets, 
Israeli military checkpoints, and during violent night raids on their 
homes. Those military incursions are accompanied with the presence of 
Israeli soldiers, intelligence officers, and police dogs, during which 
destruction of household items and property damage takes place. They are 
blindfolded and handcuffed, and they are forcibly taken to a military 
jeep. Women also continued to suffer torture and ill-treatment in 
interrogation centers, in addition to difficult and deteriorating 
detention conditions at Damon prison which once was a stable for horses 
and a storage for tobacco.

Some of the arrest cases of female prisoners from last year, included 
but was not limited to human rights defenders, such as Khalida Jarar, 
and Widad Bargouthi. Ex- Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member, 
Khalida Jarar was arrested on 31 October 2019. Soldiers broke into her 
house at around 3:00 am to arrest her. This is her third arrest in the 
past five years, she in fact, was just released in February 2019.

Widad Bargouthi who is a lecturer at Birzeit University was arrested on 
1 September 2019, she given a list of charges which was mainly 
incitement through facebook. Additionally, Widad was taken to 
al-Mascobiyya interrogation center during her detention period, in an 
attempt to pressure her son, Qassam Bargouthi, who was under 
interrogation at that time. Widad received conditional release on 16 
September 2019, which included 40.000 NIS bail, and house arrest in area 
C in the West Bank. Later on, the judge at Ofer military court

*Targeting Female University Students *

Through out the past year the Israeli Occupation Forces targeted 
university students including female students. Those female students 
were arrested from their houses after the middle of the night, they were 
taken to detention and interrogation centers and some of them were 
subjected to severe torture and other ill-treatment. This all prevents 
their access to education and leads to the violation to their right to 
an adequate education. The majority of the targeted students were also 
charged with university activism, this does not only criminalize their 
student activism but it is also a violation of their right to peaceful 
assembly and association.

  * /Mais Abu Gush / 23 years old/

Mais, who is a fourth-year university student at Birziet university and 
studying journalism was arrested on 29 August 2019 in a raid on her 
house. Mais’s family house was violently raided by a large numbers of 
Israeli occupation forces that were heavily armed and escorted by 
trained security dogs. Abu Gush was then transferred to al-Mascobiyya 
interrogation center, where she was subjected to severe physical and 
psychological torture and ill-treatment, for around one month. After 
around one month, Mais was transferred to Damon prison and was provided 
with list of charges, which included participating in university 
activities and coordinating a summer camp, she is still waiting her trail.

  * /Samah Jaradat / 23 years old /

Samah graduated from Birziet university in summer 2019 with a sociology 
degree. She was arrested by the occupation forces on 7 September 2019. A 
special force unit raided her house after the middle of the night and 
arrested her. She was taken to al-Mascobiyya interrogation center where 
she spent around one month in interrogations before she was transferred 
to Damon prison. During her interrogation Samah suffered from torture 
and ill-treatment methods, which included stress positions, threat of 
the family members, solitary confinement and watching other detainees 
interrogated and tortured. Jaradat received a list of charges that 
included university activism and is detained waiting her trail.

  * /Shatha Hassan / 20 years old /

Shatha Hassan a student at Birziet university was arrested on 12 
December 2019. Soldiers broke into her house after the middle of the 
night and arrested her. After three days of her arrest, Shatha was given 
a three-month administrative detention order that should be finishing on 
11 March 2020. However, administrative detention can be indefinite, 
thus, Shatha’s administrative detention order is subject to renewal.

  * /Leen Awad / 22 years old /

Leen Awad who is a university student at the Palestinian Polytechnic 
University was arrested from her house in Bait Omar, Hebron on 25 
February 2020. Israeli occupation forced raided her house after the 
middle of the night, they damaged its belongings and confiscated several 
laptops and cellphones. Leen was then taken Etzion detention center and 
then Hasharon prison where she was interrogated about her student 
activism. On 3 March 2020, the Israeli military court at Ofer gave Leen 
conditional release which included 20.000 NIS bail by a third party and 
a fine of 1500 NIS.

It is also worth mentioning that the female prisoner Bayan Azzam from 
al-Ezarrya was arrested on 11 March 2017 and sentenced to 40 months in 
prison. Bayan is a university student at al-Quds open university and is 
considered to be the oldest student among female prisoners.

*Torture and Ill-treatment against Female Prisoners*

Upon being taken to interrogation and detention centers, female 
Palestinian detainees are routinely denied an explanation of their 
rights and the reason for their arrests. Often, they are denied attorney 
access and held for several days under interrogation where they are 
subjected to torture and ill-treatment. The methods of torture and 
ill-treatment used against female Palestinian prisoners cause severe 
physical and mental suffering. Interrogation methods include prolonged 
isolation from the outside world, inhumane detention conditions, 
excessive use of blindfolds and handcuffs, sleep deprivation, denial of 
food and water for extended periods, denial of access to toilets, denial 
of access to showers or change of clothes for days or weeks, being 
forced into stress positions, yelling,  insults and cursing, and sexual 
harassment.

In the past year, the case of Mais of Gush was one of the most extreme 
cases of female prisoners who were subjected to torture and 
ill-treatment. Mais spent around one month at al-Mascobiyya 
interrogation center where she suffered from severe physical and 
psychological methods of torture.

One other case was Hiba al-Labadi, who was arrested on 20 August 2019 
from the border checkpoint between Jordan and the West Bank. Hiba was 
transferred to Petah Tikva Interrogation center where she spent around 
one month under interrogations. Al-Labadi informed Addameer’s lawyer in 
a visit the detention conditions she suffered from; this lawyer’s visit 
came after Hiba was banned from lawyers’ visits for a total of 25 days. 
Hiba was subjected to long interrogation sessions, sleep deprivation, 
humiliation, and the use of her family members in order to pressure her. 
After her interrogation period she was given a six-month administrative 
detention order without charges or trail. This made Hiba to start a 
hunger strike protesting her arbitrary detention. Hiba was on a hunger 
strike for 40 days, she suffered extremely throughout her hunger strike 
period. She finally stopped her hunger strike when the Israeli 
occupation authorities decided to release her.

Furthermore, the case of female prisoner Halima Khandaqji who was 
arrested on 1 January 2020. Halima informed Addameer’s lawyer of her 
detention conditions during her interrogation period which was at 
al-Mascobiyya interrogation center. Halima suffered from long 
interrogation sessions, stress positions, humiliation, and the threat of 
arresting her ten-year-old son and two daughters.

*Women under Administrative Detention *

There are four Palestinian female detainees who are held at Israeli 
prisoners under administrative detention. Those four detainees are held 
without any charges or a trail, they in fact, are detained based on the 
so called “secret file” that is not shared with them or with their 
lawyers. The first among them is Shuruq al-Badan from Bait Fajar, 
Bethlehem. She was arrested on 15 July 2019 and given a six-month 
administrative detention order that was renewed for another six months. 
Then comes Alaa’ Basir from Qalqilia who was arrested on 24 July 2019, 
she was issued a four-month administrative detention order that got 
renewed twice. Israeli occupation forces also arrested the journalist 
Bushra al-Taweel on 11 December 2019 and placed her under administrative 
detention. Finally, the university student Shatha Hassan who was issued 
a three-month administrative detention order.

*Medical Negligence against Female Prisoners *

There are eight injured female prisoners and twelve sick female 
prisoners who suffer medical negligence by the Israeli Prison Services 
(IPS). The female prisoners constantly report to Addameer’s lawyer in 
regards of the negligence they suffer from. They informed the lawyer of 
the unprofessional discriminatory treatment they receive from the 
doctors and nurses. For instance, some of the prisoners said that a 
doctor or a nurse can use one injection with more than one of the 
prisoners, or use an open injection with them. They also constantly 
report that most of the time they do not receive their medication.

For example, prisoner Israa Ja’abes still suffers from her injuries and 
burns obtained during her arrest. Also, prisoner Ansam Shawahneh 
informed Addameer’s lawyer last month that she has been suffering 
extreme pain in her bones. She informed the doctor at the prison clinic 
several times but was only given mussel reliefs. After a while she was 
transferred to the hospital where they did several tests and realized 
that she has inflammation in her bones and that her body needs to take 
vitamins. However, she was not given the proper treatment until now.

Also, a number of the Palestinian female prisoners suffer from blood 
pressure, diabetes and a number of other sicknesses that require 
constant and adequate medical care.

*Palestinian Females in the Context of Occupation Law*

Israel is accountable for its actions in the occupied territory, 
particularly the ill-treatment of women during arrests and transfers. 
Article 12 of General Recommendation 28 by the Committee on the 
Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the Core Obligations of 
States Parties states that:

“Although subject to international law, States primarily exercise 
territorial jurisdiction. The obligations of States parties apply, 
however, without discrimination both to citizens and non-citizens, 
including refugees, asylum-seekers, migrant workers and stateless 
persons, within their territory or effective control, even if not 
situated within the territory. States parties are responsible for all 
their actions affecting human rights, regardless of whether the affected 
persons are in their territory.”[1]

Furthermore, Article 3(1)(c) of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949) 
forbids “outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and 
degrading treatment”. This happens regularly for female prisoners, 
particularly during transfer and strip-searching. Furthermore, according 
to international humanitarian laws, the Four Geneva Conventions and 
their Additional Protocols, the occupying power is obligated to protect 
female prisoners. Israeli occupation authorities are in fact, obligated 
to keep female prisoners in separate facilities than men, maintain their 
supervision to be only by women and provide them with their basic 
hygiene and health needs. In addition to this, female prisoners are, 
like the majority of Palestinian prisoners, held in historic Palestine 
territory and outside the occupied territory. This is in direct 
contradiction of articles 49 and 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention 
which forbids the occupying power to deport protected persons, and 
specifically detainees, from the occupied territory.

Testimonies by Palestinian women and girls highlight the brutality of 
the arrest process as well as conditions inside Israeli interrogation, 
detention and prison centers, and even hospitals while in custody. The 
abuse, ill-treatment, and torture of Palestinian women and girls take 
place within the context of the ongoing occupation of over 50 years and 
annexation of Palestinian lands. In the Convention on the Elimination of 
all Forms of Discrimination against women, States Parties emphasize 
“that the eradication of apartheid, all forms of racism, racial 
discrimination, colonialism, neo-colonialism, aggression, foreign 
occupation and domination and interference in the internal affairs of 
States is essential to the full enjoyment of the rights of men and 
women.”[2]


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[1] UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women 
(CEDAW), General Recommendation No. 28 on the Core Obligations of States 
Parties under Article 2 of the Convention on the Elimination of All 
Forms of Discrimination against Women, 16 December 2010, CEDAW/C/GC/28.

[2] UN General Assembly, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of 
Discrimination Against Women, 18 December 1979, United Nations, Treaty 
Series, vol. 1249, p. 13.

*#*

	

*Name*

	

*Address*

	

*Legal Status*

	

1.

	

Amal Taqatqa

	

Bethlehem

	

Sentenced to 7 years

	

2.

	

Israa Jaabees

	

Occupied Jerusalem

	

Sentenced to 11 years

	

3.

	

Hilwa Hamamrah

	

Hosan-Bethlehem

	

Sentenced to 6 years

	

4.

	

Nisreen Hasan

	

1948 Territories

	

Sentenced to 6 years

	

5.

	

Sabreen Zeedat

	

1948 Territories

	

Sentenced to 50 months

	

6.

	

Maison Jabali

	

Bethlehem

	

Sentenced to 15 years

	

7.

	

Rawan Abu Ziyada

	

Ramallah

	

Sentenced to 9 years

	

8.

	

Shuruq Dwayat

	

Occupied Jerusalem

	

Sentenced to 16 years

	

9.

	

Marah Baker

	

Occupied Jerusalem

	

Sentenced to 8.5 years

	

10.

	

Nurhan Awad

	

Qalandia

	

Sentenced to 10 years

	

11.

	

Fadwa Hamada

	

Occupied Jerusalem

	

Sentenced to 10 years

	

12.

	

Malak Suliman

	

Occupied Jerusalem

	

Sentenced to 9 years

	

13.

	

Wafa Mihdawi

	

Alshweika- Tulkarem

	

Sentenced to 18 months

	

14.

	

Ansam Shawahneh

	

Qalqilia

	

Sentenced to 5 years

	

15.

	

Shatella Abu Ayad

	

1948 Territories

	

Sentenced to 16 years

	

16.

	

Ayat Mahfoud

	

Hebron

	

Sentenced to 5 years

	

17.

	

Amani al-Hasheem

	

Occupied Jerusalem

	

Sentenced to 10 years

	

18.

	

Jihan Hashima

	

Occupied Jerusalem

	

Sentenced to 4 years

	

19.

	

Asia Ka'abneh

	

Nablus

	

Sentenced to 43 months

	

20.

	

Ameena Awdah

	

Occupied Jerusalem

	

Sentenced to 33 months

	

21.

	

Fawziyah Hamad

	

Ramallah

	

Sentenced to 20 months

	

22.

	

Balsam Sharaeh

	

al-Lydd

	

Detained awaiting trial

	


*#*

	

*Name*

	

*Address*

	

*Legal Status*

	

23.

	

Bayan Far'on

	

Occupied Jerusalem

	

Sentenced to 40 months

	

24.

	

Rawan A'nbar

	

Ramallah

	

Sentenced to 3 years

	

25.

	

Aysha al-Afghani

	

Occupied Jerusalem

	

Sentenced to 15 years

	

26.

	

Tasneem al-Assad

	

1948 Territories

	

Sentenced to 5 years

	

27.

	

Rahmeh al-Assad

	

1948 Territories

	

Sentenced to 4.5 years

	

28.

	

Samah Abu Thaher

	

Gaza

	

Sentenced to 2.5 years

	

29.

	

Ranwa Shinawi

	

1948 Territories

	

Detained waiting a trail

	

30.

	

Shuruq al-Badan

	

Bethlehem

	

Administrative Detention

	

31.

	

Alaa' Bashir

	

Qalqilia

	

Administrative Detention

	

32.

	

Inas A'safreh

	

Hebron

	

Detained waiting a trail

	

33.

	

Mais Abu Gush

	

Qalandia/Ramallah

	

Detained waiting a trail

	

34.

	

Samah Jaradat

	

Ramallah

	

Detained waiting a trail

	

35.

	

Khalida Jarar

	

Ramallah

	

Detained waiting a trail

	

36.

	

Shatha Hassan

	

Ramallah

	

Administrative Detention

	

37.

	

Bushra al-Taweel

	

Ramallah

	

Administrative Detention

	

38.

	

Rawan al-Samhan

	

Hebron

	

Sentenced to 18 months

	

39.

	

Azhar Qasem

	

Qalqilia

	

Detained waiting a trail

	

40.

	

Suhair Eslemyah

	

Hebron

	

Detained waiting a trail

	

41.

	

Suzan Mebied

	

Occupied Jerusalem

	

Detained waiting a trail

	

42.

	

Halimeh Khandaqji

	

Ramallah

	

Detained waiting a trail

	

43.

	

Nawal Fetehya

	

Occupied Jerusalem

	

Detained waiting a trail

	

44.

	

Ayah al-Khateeb

	

1948 Territories

	

Detained awaiting trial

	

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