On Eid, 17 Palestinian women being held in Israeli jails

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As Muslim families across Palestine mark the festival of Eid al-Adha together Saturday, 17 Palestinian women are still being held as prisoners in Israeli jails.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Center for Studies said on Friday that many of the women were being held under difficult conditions and were prevented from receiving family visits, in addition to a number being “punished” in solitary confinement.

“Prisoners are continuously strip searched, cameras installed in their sections, their rooms raided late at night, their personal belongings continuously searched through, and they are also prevented from learning and from sending or receiving letters from their families,” the center’s spokesman Riyad al-Ashqar told Ma’an.

Al-Ashqar said that of the 17, 16 are being held in the HaSharon prison and one, Fadwa Saleh Ahmad Ghanem, 56, is being held in al-Ramla prison.

Al-Ashqar said that Ghanem was detained on Sept. 29, 2013 and released Nov. 13, 2013 after she paid a bail of 15 thousand shekels and on the condition of house arrest until the date of her trial.

Ghanem was re-detained on Apr. 6, 2014 while she was visiting her brother, Ghanem Ghanem, in the Negev prison, and tried on Jun. 26, 2014 when she was sentenced to 11 months of imprisonment.

Al-Ashqar said that Ghanem is the only woman prisoner being held in al-Ramla prison, and she is being held next to the criminal detentions section.

Ghanem is a mother of four and currently suffers from problems in her back, he added.

More than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently being held in Israel jails, including more than 500 with charge or trial.

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