Friday, March 6, 2009

Farawna: “March 8th a day of solidarity with Palestinian female detainees”

Friday March 06, 2009 23:51 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian researcher, specializing in the issue of detainees, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, stated on Friday that, March 8th, International Women's Day, should be a day of solidarity with the Palestinian women detained by Israel.

File - Palestinian woman kidnapped by soldiers, image, Palestine-info
File - Palestinian woman kidnapped by soldiers, image, Palestine-info

“The world marks this day to salute women and their important role, struggle and achievements,” Farawna said, “but it forgot that there are thousands of Palestinian women suffering under Israeli occupation, imprisoned and abused.”

He added that the world must understand that the detained Palestinian women are facing harsh treatment in Israeli prisons and are deprived from their basic human rights.

“They face torture, both physical and psychological,” Farawna said, “[s]ome of them are even sexually harassed during interrogation.”

He also said that dozens of women are still imprisoned by Israel; some of them have given birth in prison, while others have left children behind, while a number of them are below the age of 18.

Detainee Amal Jom’a has cancer and is not receiving proper medical attention; her condition is deteriorating. She was kidnapped five years ago and was sentenced to eleven years imprisonment.

Farawna also said that a number of female detainees have been sentenced to multiple life terms, such as Ahlam Tamimi, sentenced to 16 consecutive life terms, Qahera Al Sa’ady, sentenced to three life terms and an additional thirty years, in addition to Amena Mona, Sana’ Shihada, Dua’ Al Jayyousi and several other detainees who are sentenced to at least one life term.

The Israeli Army has kidnapped more than 10,000 Palestinian women since 1967. 800 of them were kidnapped during the al-Aqsa Intifada. There are currently 85 female detainees still imprisoned by Israel.

Furthermore, Farwana said that Israel is still holding the bodies of some Palestinian women who died in attacks against Israeli targets. Some of them are buried in what is known as the “numbers graveyards”.