Women's Organization for Political Prisoners (WOFPP)


Free all political prisoners

Newsletter April 2014

There are currently 20 women political prisoners: 19 in Hasharon Prison and one in Neve Tirza Prison .

Covert arrests

The Israeli Authorities have conducted a series of covert arrests including the arrest of three new woman political detainees.
A covert arrest is one subject to a blanket ban on publications of details of the arrest and even the detainee's lawyer, who may be barred from meeting with his/her client, is prohibited from notifying the detainees family. Covert detentions and barring detainees' access to their lawyers are yet another violation of basic human rights and enable the authorities to carry out arbitrary arrests.

Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond)

Physical conditions

Women political prisoners suffer from overcrowding in their cells and lack of space for movement. They have asked the prison authorities to provide them more cells.

New Prisoners

Rasmia Balun a, from TulKarem Refugee Camp, 53 years old, mother of four, was arrested on 4 February at her home. She underwent interrogation at the Salem Detention Center and was transferred to Hasharon Prison. She suffers from health problems .

Ahlam Ribhi Isa , mother of two, from Qalqilya, was arrested on 16 February 2014. She was held in Ohaly Kedar Prison (Beer Sheva) for about two weeks then transferred to the isolation wing at Neve Tirza Prison and subsequently, after two weeks, to HaSharon Prison.

Reem Hamars , 41 years old, mother of ten, from Ya'abed, Jenin district, was arrested on 16 February 2014 on her return from a visit to Jordan. She was brought to Kishon Detention Center (Jalame) where she underwent interrogation during a period of about one month, then she was transferred to Hasharon Prison. The Israeli authorities arrested her covertly and banned notification of the arrest and the reason for the arrest. The authorities banned her from meeting with her lawyer for about three weeks after her arrest.

Shireen Isawi , from Jerusalem, was arrested on 6 March 2014 in a checkpoint near her home. She was brought to Russian Compound Detention Center (Musqubiya) where she underwent interrogation during about a month. Then she was transferred to Hasharon Prison. The Israeli authorities arrested her covertly: they banned notification of the arrest and the reason for the arrest; the ban was lifted about a month later.

Sentences

Nawal Al-Sa'adi , from Jenin refugee camp arrested on 4 November 2012, sentenced on 22 January 2014 to 20 months imprisonment and 12 months suspended for five years from the date of release and was fined NIS 10,000. The Israeli authorities submitted an appeal against the sentence and in April 2014 the Military Court accepted the appeal and added four months imprisonment which means that she was sentenced to a total of 24 months.

Wiam Jaber , 22 years old from Tell, Nablus district, student of business administration, arrested on 11 November 2013. Sentenced on 24 April 2014 to 32 months imprisonment and 16 months suspended for four years from the date of her release and a fine of NIS 5,000.

Zienab Mustafa , 42 years old, from the Balata refugee camp, Nablus district, arrested on 8 December 2013. Sentenced on 8 April 2014 to 8 months imprisonment

Released Prisoners

Lama Hadadia , from the TulKarem refugee camp, arrested on 14 October 2013 and released on 24 March 2014.

Narmin Salem, from Nablus, was arrested on 25 February 2014 and released in March on bail of 10,000 NIS. The Israeli authorities arrested her covertly: they banned notification of the arrest and its reason and denied her right to meet with a lawyer.

Nawal 'Abayat from Bethlehem was arrested in March and released on 20 March 2014 on bail of 30,000 NIS

Mariam Barghouti , from A'bud, Ramallah district, was arrested in a demonstration in Nebi Saleh , on 11 April 2014 and released on 17 April 2014 on bail of 4,000 NIS.

Neve Tirza Prison (Ramle).

Fadwa Ghanem, mother of four from Shweike, TulKarem area, arrested on 29 September 2013, released to house arrest in Taibe on 13 November 2013 and on 6 April 2014 was arrested again and brought to Neve Tirza Prison (Ramle)

For donations to WOFPP :
Bank account:
Women's Organization for Political Prisoners (WOFPP)
Account number: 471067
BANK HAPOALIM
Branch 532
Daniel Frisch St. 3,Tel Aviv 64078, ISRAEL
IBAN number: IL 60-0125-3200-0000-0471-067
BIC (swift): POALILIT

Address to receive the contribution:
WOFPP
Frug Street 30
Tel Aviv 63417, ISRAEL