Palestinian Female Detainees’ Numbers in Hasharon Rise to 20

ALBIREH, March 12, 2015 (WAFA) – The total number of Palestinian female detainees held in the Israeli prison of Hasharon has risen to 20, said the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC) in a press release published on Thursday.

According to PPC, Israeli forces recently detained Hanan al-Shalabi and Ala’ Bani Odeh from Tulkarm and Tubas after releasing two female detainees; 16-year-old Yathrib Rayyan and Fida’ Suleiman.

Ramallah and Al-Bireh district was ranked the first in terms of the number of female detainees. Four female detainees identified as Bushra al-Tawil, Thurayya al-Bazzar, Haniyeh Naser and Lina Khattab were imprisoned.

Besides, three female Palestinians were detained from Nablus. They were identified as Weam ‘Asida, Filistin Najm and samaher ‘Izziddin.

Three other women were also detained from Hebron district. They were identified as Ihsan Dababsa, Nahil Abu ‘Eisha, and Hala Abu-Sil. Meanwhile, three other females were detained from Jenin district. They were identified as Yasmin Sha‘ban, Yaman ‘Amarna and Muna Qadan.

Both Hanan al-Shalabi and Dunya Waked were detained from Tulkarem district. Shireen ‘Issawi and Dima al-Sawahra were both detained from Jerusalem district.

Lina al-Jarbuni, Ala Bani Odeh and Amal Taqatqa were detained from 1948 land, Tubas and Bethlehem respectively.

Israeli forces routinely detain Palestinians from occupied West Bank districts and detain them based on the administrative detention policy. They have frequently launched hunger strikes protesting their harassment and lack of proper medical treatment.

Administrative detention is a form of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to detain Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

Human rights groups have repeatedly denounced detaining Palestinians without charge or trial.

According to the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addameer), Palestinian women living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip are generally held in prisons outside of the occupied territories, mainly in HaSharon Prison, in direct violation of international law (Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention).

The human rights organization stated that: “Throughout the process of their detainment, from the moment of the arrest until their release, these women are subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment, torture, and psychological abuse.”

It added, “They have suffered ill treatment at the hands of Israeli forces, including gender-based violence, physical and verbal assault, and degrading strip searches used as a punitive measure.”

According to Addameer, physical and verbal assault have proved frequent by Israeli state actors towards Palestinian women during arrest, interrogation, transfer, and detention in violation of international standards.