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Wedding in absentia for Palestinian prisoner from Gaza

Feb. 7, 2016 7:02 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 7, 2016 7:02 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A wedding in absentia was organized on Saturday for a Palestinian prisoner from the Gaza Strip serving 17-years in Israeli custody.

The ceremony included the signing of a marriage contract according to Islamic sharia.

The groom, Mahmoud Shuhdeh Abu Eisha, 33, has been detained by Israel for 11 years with six years left in his sentence.

Abu Eisha has been in Israeli custody since 2004 after he was detained at the Rafah crossing while he was trying to leave Gaza through Egypt to go on pilgrimage to Mecca. He is now in held in the Israeli prison of Eshel.

The bride, Dua Abu Jarbou, was wedded without being able to see her new husband or sit next to him during the ceremony.

The wedding was organized by the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs of the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip as a symbolic gesture in protest of the nearly 7,000 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.

A ministry statement received by Ma’an said the wedding was attended by Palestinian Legislative Council deputy speaker Ahmad Bahar, Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs under-secretary Baha al-Madhoun, and Gaza security forces commander Tawfiq Abu Naim.

“This wedding is a message of challenge to the jailers, telling them that Palestinian prisoners can perfect the art of life while in custody,” al-Madhoun said.

He added that “marriage for a prisoner serving a long sentence is like a new spirit breathing hope, life, determination and challenge.”



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