41 Palestinian women, including 12 minors, currently held in Israel’s HaSharon prison

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A Palestinian woman walks past graffiti on May 13, 2015 in the West Bank city of Ramallah

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Several dozen Palestinian women, including 12 minors, are currently being held in Israel’s HaSharon prison, according to a statement released Thursday by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.The committee said in the statement that 41 Palestinian women and girls are being held in the prison, with some suffering from deteriorating health conditions, adding that Israel’s treatment of women prisoners is against international law, and requires “international institutions to end their silence” and to stop Israel’s “perpetual crimes.”The committee also called upon all Palestinians to unite behind the prisoners’ cause, highlighting therecent escalation of raids and assaults by Israel Prison Service (IPS) officials in recent weeks in response to a mass hunger strike under way inside Israel’s prisons in protest of the arbitrary detention of Palestinians without charge or trial. More than 300 Palestinian prisoners have joined the strikes.The committee identified the women prisoners as: Lina al-Jarbouni, Banan al-Mafarjeh, Yasmin Zaru Tamimi, Yasmin Shaaban, Hadiyeh Ereinat, Natali Shukha, Tasnim Halabi, Sundus Obeid, Jamileh Jaber, Manar Shweiki, Sajida Hasan, Marah Bakir, Nurhan Awwad, Malak Suleiman, Lama al-Bakri, Istabraq Nour, Nivine Alqam, Hanadi Rashed, Filisten Najem, Ansam Shawahneh, Maryam Sawafta, Itida Barqan, Abeer al-Tamimi, Alyaa Abbasi, Israa Jaabais, Marcel Salaymeh, Lara Tarayra, Khadijeh Faqih, Abla al-Adam, Shurouq Dwayyat, Amal Ahmad, Dunya Waked, Aisheh Jumhour, Safaa Faroun, Marlen Hreizat, Shirin Issawi, Samah Dweik, Iman Kanju, Shatella Awwad, Haniyyeh Nasser, and Salsabil Shalaldeh.Israel’s HaSharon prison was also where the youngest Palestinian prisoner, 12-year-old Dima al-Wawi, was held for more than two months after Israeli forces accused her of attempted manslaughter and being in possession of a knife when she was detained.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, some 10,000 Palestinian women and girls have been detained by Israeli forces over the past 45 years. In 2015 alone, Israeli forces detained 106 Palestinian women and girls, which according to the group represented a 70 percent increase compared to detention numbers in 2013.Since a wave of political unrest spread across the occupied Palestinian territory in October, leading to Israeli forces carrying out mass detention campaigns, the number of Palestinian women and girls detained by Israeli forces rose sharply during this time.According to Addameer, among those detained since October were 13 underaged girls, some of whom were wounded when Israeli forces detained them. The group added that at the closing of 2015, there were 3 Palestinian women held in administrative detention — Israel’s widely condemned policy of detention without charge or trial.The group has also reported on the treatment of Palestinian women prisoners by Israeli prison authorities, stating that the majority of Palestinian women detainees were subject to “psychological torture” and “ill-treatment” by Israeli authorities, including “various forms of sexual violence that occur such as beatings, insults, threats, body searches, and sexually explicit harassment.”
 
“These techniques of torture and ill-treatment are used not only as means to intimidate Palestinian women detainees but also as tools to humiliate Palestinian women and coerce them into giving confessions,” the group stated, adding that “while Israel’s prison authorities and military forces recruit women soldiers to detain, and accompany women prisoners during transfers, the female soldiers responsible for these procedures are no less violent towards Palestinian detainees than their male counterparts.”As of May, the group reported that 70 Palestinian women and 414 Palestinian children, 104 of whom were under the age of 16, were being held in Israeli prisons.
 
(Source / 05.08.2016)

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The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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