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Doctor arrested for possession of a vegetable knife

July 24, 2008 5:00 P.M. (Updated: July 24, 2008 5:00 P.M.)
Jenin - Ma'an - A Palestinian doctor was arrested and detained for a whole day on Wednesday for the possession of a knife used for the preparation of vegetables in Barta'a village, southwest of Jenin.

The doctor, Abla Al-Farri, told her story to Ma'an, saying, "I was heading to my job at the Medical Center in Barta'a village, but when I arrived at the village gate I was stopped by the Israeli forces and they searched the car and found a vegetable knife so they kept me for the whole day and for a complete inspection process."

"I was taken to a room where an Israeli soldier forced me to take off some of my clothes, and then took me to an electronic inspection small room where I was forced to stay for 3 hours. She asked me so many questions that I now have no recollection of the incident," She added.

The soldiers then turned their attention to the car and removed the seats and even inspected the motor. This search lasted for a further three hours and Al-Farri was held so long that she had to sleep at the gate because it was so late.

Tawfiq Kabaha director of medical center of Barta'a condemned the soldier's actions and added that Israeli forces are escalating the abuse of civilians at the Barta'a gate.

He appealed to human rights organisations to intervene in order to ease the suffering of Barta'a's residents and to remove the gate that isolates them from surrounding areas and has "made their lives hell".
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