JERUSALEM (Ma'an) – An Israeli magistrate court in Jerusalem sentenced a Palestinian mother of six on Thursday to a year in prison and a fine of 12,000 shekels ($3,203) for depositing funds into a prison commissary belonging to a Hamas-affiliated Palestinian prisoner held in Israeli custody.
Lawyer Muhammad Mahmoud from prisoners’ rights group Addameer told Ma’an that Dalal Abu al-Hawa from Jerusalem’s Old City was sentenced for depositing the funds. Israel Prison Service (IPS) allows families of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody to deposit a fixed amount of money each month into a prisoner's commissary, which they can then use to purchase items from the prison’s canteen.
However, since Israel considers Hamas to be a “terrorist organization,” families of Hamas-affiliated Palestinian prisoners are extremely vulnerable to being detained and charged by Israeli authorities when interacting with imprisoned family members.
A spokesman for the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners, Amjad Abu Asab noted that Abu al-Hawa was detained on Aug. 28 from her home, before Israeli police forces stormed the house and searched it, while confiscating mobile phones and other properties.
Abu al-Hawa, he added, is a mother of six. One of her sons, 17-year-old Omar Khalil Abu al-Hawa, is also serving two years in Israeli prison.
Addameer has reported that 6,500 Palestinians are imprisoned in Israel, according to their January statistics, 53 of whom are women and girls.