There are at present, 22 women political prisoners in Israeli jails, 20 in Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond), one in Neve Tirza Prison (Ramle) and one in Kishon Detention Center (Jalameh).
Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond)
Despite the very cold winter, there is no heating at all in the cells. Not only do the prison authorities not provide heating but they also prevent the women from providing their own . On 18 January 2015 WOFPP's lawyer sent a letter to the prison authorities to permit the prisoners to have heating but no reply has been received. A second letter was sent on 12 February 2015.
The quantity and quality of the blankets that the prison authorities give to the women political prisoners are not sufficient for the winter. For about the last two years the prison authorities have prohibited the prisoners' families from bringing blankets. Thus prisoners are forced to buy blankets in the prison canteen where the prices are much higher and the quality lower.
Transportation to the Courts
The detainees who attend court sessions are still held for long periods in the Prison Service wagon: they are brought to the wagon at about 04:00am then travel to another prison where they wait for hours. It is very cold in the wagon and the prisoners are shackled hand and foot for the duration of the journey. Before and after the court session the prisoners are held in a very cold cell for hours before returning to the prison at night. They are often treated harshly during the transportation process. .
In January the prisoner Yasmin Shaaban complained to the prison authorities the harsh transportation conditions:
1. Shackling hands so tight as to cause injury. Requests to the guards to loosen her shackles were ignored.
2. Requests for adjusting the heating/cooling system were met with aggressive behaviour by the guards. (Shouting).
3. On one occasion she was severely pushed by a guard for no reason.
4. Cooling the wagon instead of heating.
5. Loud music, singing, laughter and other noise at distressingly high volume
Following the complaint, to which there has been no response, the guards no longer talk to her at all which, at least, has ended their shouting!
List of the women political prisoners:
Lina Jarbuni, 40 years old, from Arabeh Bathouf, in the Galilee, was arrested on 15 April 2002, sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Mona Q'aadan, 43 years old, from Arabeh, Jenin district, a former prisoner, she was released on 18 December 2011 in the prisoner exchange deal for Shalit and was arrested again on 13 November 2012.
Naheel Abu 'Aysha, 36 years old, from Hebron, was arrested on 14 March 2013. She was Sentenced on 11 November 2014 to 33 months imprisonment and 24 months suspended sentence for five years from the date of her release and a fine of 2,000 NIS (about 520 dollars).
Dunia Waked, from Tulkarem Refugee Camp, 37 years old, worked in jewelry shop, was arrested on 27 May 2013. She was sentenced to 42 months in prison.
Wiam Jaber , 22 years old from Tell, Nablus district, student of business and administration, arrested on 11 November 2013. She was sentenced on 24 April 2014 to 32 months imprisonment.
Falestin Najem 28 years old, from Nablus, arrested on 20 November 2013. She was sentenced on 5 January 2015 to 48 months imprisonment and 24 months suspended sentence for five years from the date of her release and fined 3,000 NIS (about 780 dollars).
Shireen Isawi, 34 years old from Jerusalem, a former prisoner, was arrested again on 6 March 2014
Samaher Zin eladin, mother of six, from Majdal Bani Fadil, Nablus district, was arrested from her home on 28 May 2014.
Bushra elTawil, 21 years old, from elBireh, Ramallah district, a former prisoner, was released on 18 December 2011 in the prisoner exchange deal for Shalit. She was arrested again on 1 July 2014. A special Israeli military committee canceled her release in the Shalit exchange and decided to return her to prison to complete her original sentence which still has 10 months to run.
Thoriya Taha, 21 years old, from Beit Ilu, Ramallah district, was arrested on 26 July 2014. She is studying media and technology in the Al-Quds Open University. On 12 February 2015 she was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment.
D. S., 17 years old, from Jerusalem, was arrested on 3 January 2014. She was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.
Fida Suliman, 22 years old, from Bet 'Ur elTahta, Ramallah district, was arrested on 26 August 2014. On 11 February 2015 she was sentenced to 7 months imprisonment, 8 months suspended sentence for four years from the date of her release and a fine of 1,500 NIS (about 390 dollars).
Ihsan Dababseh, 28 years old, from Hebron, a former prisoner, was arrested again on 13 October 2014.
Yasmin Shaaban, 32 years old, mother of four, from Jalame, Jenin district, was arrested from her home on 3 November 2014. She was brought to Kishon Detention Center (Jalame) where she underwent interrogation for five days. On 9 November 2014 she was transferred to Hasharon Prison.
H. M., 17 years old, from Al-Arroub refugee camp, Hebron district, was arrested on 28 November 2014.
Amal Taqatqa, 20 years old, from Beit Fajar, Bethlehem district, was arrested on 1 December 2014. During her arrest she was shot by Israeli occupation soldiers with live ammunition and seriously injured in her left hand, her left waist and her left leg. Amal was hospitalized. In the hospital her legs were chained to the bed. On 30 December 2014 she was transferred to Hasharon Prison.
Y. R., 16 years old, from Beit Duqqu, Jerusalem district, was arrested on 4 December 2014 at Qalandiya checkpoint.
Hanya Naser, 23 years old, from Dir Qadis, Ramallah district a former prisoner. She was released on 18 December 2011 in the prisoner exchange deal for Shalit and was arrested again from her home, in the night, on 10 December 2014.
Lina Khatab, 18 years old, from Ramalla, a communication and media student in Bir Zet University, was arrested on 13 December 2014 in Bituniya, Ramalla district. During the arrest Israeli occupation soldiers beat her and she suffers from severe pains in her hand as a result. She was interrogated in Ofer detention center for hours and then transferred to Hasharon Prison. On 18 February 2015 she was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment, 6 months suspended sentence for 3 years from the date of her release, a fine of 6,000 NIS (about 1,560 dollars) and a fine of 3,000 NIS (about 780 dollars) suspended for 3 years from the date of her release. .
Fida Daa'ms, 20 years old, from Bet 'Umar, Hebron district, a student, was arrested on 28 January 2015.
Neve Tirza Prison (Ramle)
Asmaa Aliya, 36 years old, mother of three from TulKarem, was arrested on 14 December 2014.
Kishon Detention Center (Jalameh)
Yaman Amarna, 21 years old, from Ya'abed, Jenin district, law student in AlQuds University, was arrested on 17 February 2015 in Zaatra checkpoint near Nablus, the soldiers arrested her while she was in the bus returning home.
Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond)
Nawal elSa'adi, 53 years old, from Jenin refugee camp arrested on 4 November 2012 and released on 30 September 2014.
Alaa Abu Zeitun, 23 years old, from Asirah a-Shamaliyah, Nablus district, was arrested on 9 February 2013. The parole board decided to release her earlier on 21 September 2014.
Tahreer elQanye , 31 years old, from Kalil village, Nablus district, was arrested on 12 May 2013. On 3 November 2014 she was sentenced to 20 months' imprisonment and a fine of 2000 NIS (about 520 dollars). Tahreer was released on 7 December 2014.
Rasmia Balauna, 53 years old, mother of four, from TulKarem Refugee Camp, was arrested on 4 February 2014. In September 2014 she was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment and a fine of 24,000 NIS (about 6,300 dollars). The Israeli authorities submitted an appeal against the sentence and on 12 November 2014 the Military Court accepted the appeal and increased the fine to 50,000 NIS (about 13,100 dollars). Rasmia was released on 13 January 2015.
Reem Hamarsha, 41 years old, mother of six, from Ya'abed, Jenin district, was arrested on 16 February 2014 and released on 24 September 2014.
Hiba Abu Jaja , 28 years old, mother of two, from Walaga, Bethlehem district, was arrested on 28 May 2014. On 16 September 2014 sentenced to four and a half months' imprisonment and a fine of 1000 NIS (about 260 dollars). Hiba did not pay the fine and was released on 11 November 2014.
Fida Shibani, 36 years old, mother of two, from Arabeh, Jenin district, was arrested at her house on 11 May 2014. She was sentenced on 11 February 2015 to 9 months' imprisonment and a fine of 80,000 NIS (about 20,800 dollars). Fida was released on 12 February 2015.
Malek elKhatib, a minor 14 years old, from Betin, Ramallah district, was arrested on 31 December 2014 on her way to school. She was sentenced on 21 January 2015 to 2 months' imprisonment and a fine of 6000 INS (about 1560 dollars). On 13 February 2015 she was released.
Demonstrations against children arrests: following the publication of the news about the arrest of Malek elKhatib, demonstrations were held against the Israeli authorities for arresting Palestinian children. Demonstrations took place in many places: in the West Bank, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Umm al-Fahm, Arabeh Batouff, as well as in Italy and other places in Europe.
Neve Tirza Prison (Ramle).
Fadwa Ghanem, mother of four from Shweike, TulKarem district was arrested on 29 September 2013, released to house arrest in Taibe on 13 November 2013 and on 6 April 2014 she was transferred to Neve Tirza Prison (Ramle). WOFPP's lawyer, Taghreed Jahashan, represented her in the session for early release and the parole board decided to release her earlier on 22 October 2014.
In'aam Qanambo, from Jerusalem, a former prisoner, was arrested on 27 August 2014 and released on 28 September 2014.
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