Women's Organization for Political Prisoners (WOFPP)

Newsletter September 2011

There are, at present, 33 women political prisoners in the Israeli jails: 17 in Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond), 16 in Damoon Prison (Carmel Mountain).

Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond)

The conditions in the cells

It is very hot in the cells. There is no air-condition and, at present, many fans are out of order. Until recently, the prisoners could buy fans in the canteen but the conditions deteriorated, and the prison authorities do not allow them to buy new fans. The prison authorities also refused their request to buy cooler boxes in order to have cold water in the unbearable heat.


Ahlam elTamimi, from Ramallah, was arrested on 14 September 2001. On 30 September 2011, at the feast of Eid Elfiter, during the women political prisoners praying, Ahlam made a sermon. The prison authorities claimed that her sermon was an "incitement sermon" and transferred her to an isolation cell for two days. The prison authorities also punished the other prisoners by forbidding them from going out of the cell for 48 hours. Even Suha Abu Manshar with her baby who stays with her in prison was not allowed to go out with him.

Health care

Wafaa elBis, from Jebalya Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip, was arrested on 20 June 2005. She had an operation on her hand. WOFPP's lawyer, Taghreed Jahshan, visited her in prison after she had returned from hospital. Wafaa told her that after the operation she should get physiotherapy treatment but she has not received any. This is the second operation on her finger. After the previous operation she did not get any physiotherapy treatment either, and maybe this is the reason why she had to undergo another operation.


Recently, during the searches, the guards confiscated all the women political prisoners' phone notebooks. The guards told the prisoners that they would never give them back because the prisoners should not have phone notebooks at all.

Lawyers' visits

The prison authorities do not allow the women political prisoners to bring a pen and paper to meetings with lawyers.

Women under administrative detention

Hanaa Shalabi, from Burqin, Jenin district, an administrative detainee, was arrested on 14 September 2009. In July 2011, the Israeli authorities extended her administrative detention an additional four months. In August after she submitted an appeal it was reduced to three months.

'Aliya J'abri, from Hebron, an administrative detainee, 30 years old, was arrested on 15 February 2011. The Israeli authorities extended her administrative detention an additional three months.

Prisoners who were transferred to Hasharon Prison

Maryam elTarbin, from Jericho, was arrested on 25 January 2005. After she was held in Neve Tirza Prison (Ramle) in a separation cell for about six months, she was transferred, on 30 August 2011, from there to Hasharon Prison.

Ramya Abu Samra , 31 years old, form Yatta, Hebron district, was arrested on 16 December 2010. On 12 September 2011, she was transferred from Damoon Prison to Hasharon Prison.

Released Prisoners

Suha Abu Manshar, from Hebron, 22 years old, mother of a baby who was with her in prison. She was arrested on 14 August 2011, sentenced to 30 days imprisonment and a fine of 25000 NIS (about 6950 USD), and released on 13 September 2011.

Damoon Prison (Carmel Mountain)


About once a week, there are searches in the night. Recently, the prison authorities confiscated books from women political prisoners. These books were not returned to the prisoners, though in the past the prison authorities had allowed to let in these books.

Health care

In September, during about two weeks, there was no physician in the prison.


The prison authorities are still refusing to hand over the materials for handicraft that - months ago - the Red Cross had brought for the prisoners.

Women under administrative detention

Linan Abu Ghulme, an administrative detainee from Bet Furiq, Nablus district, was arrested on 15 July 2010. In August 2011, she was brought to a session in a military court. On the way to and from the court she was held for four days in a separation cell in the criminal prisoners' wing in Neve Tirza Prison. The conditions were very bad: The cell was very small without windows, the guards' attitude was very harsh, and they did not allow her to let in things that she had brought from Damoon Prison, such as sheets and shampoo.


Somud Karaja, 23 yeas old, from Safa, Ramallah district, was arrested on 25 October 2009. On 16 August 2011, a military court sentenced her to 20 years' imprisonment.

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

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

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