Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Detention of female ex-prisoner and researcher for prisoners' affairs

Israeli forces detain young man, 39-year-old woman from Jenin
Date: 31 / 03 / 2009 Time: 14:21

Jenin – Ma’an – Two Israeli forces detained a young Jenin-man and a female former prisoner from the city’s easternmost neighborhood and the Jenin Refugee Camp Tuesday, after troops stormed several homes in both areas.

Security sources reported a military force storming homes under intense fire and evacuating residents. They then detained 21-year-old Samer Hashim As-Sa’di.

The As-Sa’di family said soldiers destroyed several pieces of furniture and confiscated a computer, used by Samer for his studies at the Jenin Arab American University.

A military force also stormed the refugee camp at dawn and detained 39-year-old Raja Al-Ghoul, a former prisoner who served 14 months in Israeli prison. The troops surrounded Raja’s home as well as the homes of her close relatives and the relatives of her husband. Once they were in the home soldiers claimed there was intelligence linking her to security concerns.

The forces confiscated a number of computers from an internet cafĂ© owned by Al-Ghoul’s brother along with her own computer; they also confiscated four cell phones.

Al-Ghoul, who suffers from heart disease, was released from Israeli prison two years ago. She works as a researcher for a prisoners affairs society in Jenin.

IOA kidnaps jurist in charge of file of female prisoners in Israeli jails
[ 31/03/2009 - 05:00 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Al-Ahrar center for prisoners' studies strongly denounced the IOA for arresting Raja'a Al-Ghoul, who works for the center as a jurist in charge of the file of female prisoners, holding Israel fully responsible for her life especially since she is in difficult health conditions as a result of her heart disease.

Palestinian eyewitness from Jenin reported that IOF troops and intelligence officers broke into and ransacked the house of Ghoul before rounding her up, adding that they deliberately sabotaged the furniture at the pretext of looking for banned stuff.

Al-Ahrar center affirmed that the arrest of jurists and human rights workers is a dangerous precedent and a flagrant violation of human rights and international conventions.

Ghoul suffers from shortness of heart arteries and already spent four years in Israeli jails.

In another context, Faris Abu Hasan, the lawyer of the international Tadamun (solidarity) society for human rights, said that the IOA decided Tuesday to extend the administrative detention of Dr. Majda Fidda, a member of Nablus municipality, for an additional period of six months.

The IOA had arrested Fidda in August 2008 and remained in custody pending the investigation for a period of five months before being administratively detained in January 2009 for three months and today the period was extended for six months.