Ministry of prisoners calls for ending Israel’s crimes against female detainees

[ 11/08/2011 – 11:24 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC )– The Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs in Gaza appealed to international organizations concerned with women’s issues to move to stop Israel’s crimes and violations against Palestinian women in its jails.

The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is still holding 33 Palestinian women in its jails after it released a few days ago two women after they completed their prison terms. 15 of these women are locked up in Hasharon prison, 17 in Damon prison and one is isolated in Neve Tirza prison in Ramle.

Spokesman for the ministry Riyadh Al-Ashqar stated that the IOA, since its premier Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to tighten the incarceration conditions of prisoners, escalated its arbitrary and racist measures against Palestinian women in particular.

Ashqar explained that the IOA ordered its jailers during the holy month of Ramdan to harass women in jails, where special troops violently stormed during the first day of this month their cells in Damon prison and confiscated all their books.

The jailers also banned the female prisoners in Hasharon jails from buying chicken from the cafeteria and different kinds of vegetables and other supplies.

The spokesman said that female prisoner Reema Daraghmeh has been prevented from seeing her family for more than five months and her health condition is deteriorating because of her suffering from a gastric ulcer which makes it hard for her to eat normally, and she also suffers from severe pains in her head.

Female prisoner, Randa Al-Shahatit, Sumoud Karajeh and Amal Jum’ah are also deprived of seeing their families, the spokesman added.

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