Women's Organization for Political Prisoners (WOFPP)

Newsletter May 2007

There are, at present, about 110 women political prisoners in the Israeli jails. In Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond) about 95, the rest in Neve Tirza Prison (Ramle), in Kishon Detention Center (Jalame near Haifa), and several more in other detention centers.

Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond)

The women political prisoners are still suffering from lack of air because the windows are permanently covered with metal sheets. Especially women with breathing problems suffer.

Studies. The prison authorities tried to obstruct the studying for, and the participation in, the matriculation exams. They prevented some prisoners from registering for the matriculation exams on various pretexts and delayed the delivery of the study books that were sent from the West Bank by the International Red Cross.
On 12 May WOFPP's lawyer Taghreed Jahshan faxed a protest letter to the prison authorities. A few days later the prisoners got the study books, and the prison authorities permitted all the prisoners who wished to participate in the matriculation exams to do so.

Family visits. There are many prisoners whose families, including all members, are prohibited from visiting in prison. The prohibition comes either from the prison authority or from the Israeli army.
'Etaf 'Alyan from Ramallah, 43 years old, mother of a three years old girl. She was arrested in December 2005, and until now only her mother was allowed to visit her and this only once. Recently, her husband got a permission from the Israeli army to reach the prison, but the prison authorities told 'Etaf that they ban him from visiting in prison. More about 'Etaf 'Alyan
Nidaa Ramahi, from Nablus, was arrested on 21 September 2006. She did not have any family visits because all her family members are prohibited from visiting the prison.
Taghreed Hajaija and Alaa Hajaja from Krayut Bani Zaid (Ramallah district) were arrested on 7 December 2006, all their families' members are prohibited from visiting them. Since their arrest, they did not have any contact with their families.

Iman Ghazawi, from Tulkarem. The prison authorities do not permit her to meet her prisoner husband. According to the procedure, imprisoned family members should be allowed to meet each other once every six months.
Irena Sarahna , 26 years old, from Bethlehem, met her imprisoned husband on 9 May, after she had submitted an appeal to the court through her lawyer Ahmad Amara. The prison authorities allowed the meeting before the hearing in court took place.

Faten Daraghma, from Ramallah, 31 years old, mother of seven children. In June 2006 she underwent surgery of the gall bladder. She complains that until now she has strong pains, and the prison authorities ignore her complaints. In the last eight months she did not undergo any health checks.

Dr. Rifqa elJa'abari, 43 yeas old, from Hebron, an administrative detainee, arrested on 15 August 2006. Her detention was extended for two additional months until 15 July 2007. More about Dr. Rifqa elJa'abri
Su'ad Shyokhi, 21 year old, from Jerusalem, an administrative detainee arrested on 3 February 2007, submitted an appeal through her lawyer Mahmoud Hasan against her detention. On 3 May her appeal was rejected.

New prisoners
Nidaa elDarbas
, 18 years old, from 'Isawiya (Jerusalem district). She had been a prisoner in the recent past.
Rania Jabarin, 20 years old, from Ramallah. She had been a prisoner in the recent past.
Najua Hashash

Arij 'Arqawi, from Tubas (Jenin district), was arrested on 28 July 2003 and released in May 2007.
Shauk elBirawi, from 'Asira elShamaliya (Nablus district) was arrested on 15 December 2005 and released in May 2007.

Kishon Detention Center (Jalame)

The policy of transferring the prisoners from one prison to another is still continuing. As before, the prison authorities do not inform either the prisoners' families or the lawyers. The prison authorities transferred the prisoners: Ahlam elTamimi, Taghreed elSa'adi and Sanaa Shhade from Hasharon prison to Kishon Detention Center (Jalame). The prison authorities prohibit Sanaa Shhade's father from visiting her.

Hala Jaber, 'Arin Ahmed and Nasreen Abu Zina were transferred back to Hasharon prison.

Ahlam elTamimi, 24 years old, from Ramallah. The hearing of her appeal to the court (asking to be permitted to meet her imprisoned husband) that was fixed to take place on 6 May 2007 in Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond) was postponed because she was transferred.

Releases fro Kishon detention center (Jalame)
Su'ad Abu Hamed, from Nazareth, was arrested on 27 February 2002 and released on 24 May 2007.

Neve Tirza Prison (Ramle)

Amneh Muna, 29 years old, from Jerusalem, has been held and continues being held in separation detention for more than eight months. She is kept 23 hours a day in a very small cell (2m x 2.5m), and she is forbidden to meet any other prisoner. Recently the prison authorities took away all her books and notebooks.
Some prisoners who are held in Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond) have requested to speak with the prison authorities about transferring Amneh back to Hasharon Prison, or at least to stop her separation and improve her conditions. The authorities refused the request. These same prisoners decided to take protest steps against Amneh's separation and, starting on 9 May, they stopped going out during recreation time.

Please write protest letters against the harsh conditions in which Amneh Muna is being held, to:
The Israeli Embassy in your country.

To the prisons authorities:
Fax: +972-8-9193800
Israel Prison Service
P.o.b. 81
Ramle 72100

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