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 the recent 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.
Israel | News | 2016-08-06 | maannews.com