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Israel sentences Palestinian woman to 6 months in administrative detention

March 5, 2017 5:04 P.M. (Updated: March 5, 2017 8:11 P.M.)
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GAZA (Ma’an) -- An Israeli military court has sentenced 32-year-old Ihsan Abd al-Fattah Dababsa to six months in administrative detention, Israel’s widely-condemned policy of internment without charge or trial based on undisclosed evidence, according to a local center for detainees.

Dababsa, from the town of Nuba northwest of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, was detained from her home last week during overnight raids across the West Bank.

According to detainees organization the Muhjat al-Quds Foundation, Dababsa, a former prisoner, was assaulted by Israeli forces when they detained her.

Muhjat al-Quds noted that Dababsa had previously been detained on Dec. 13, 2014, over her affiliation to the Islamic Jihad movement, and was released on July, 8 , 2016. She undertook a two-week-long hunger strike during her detention.

The Islamic Jihad, like the majority of Palestinian political organizations, is considered illegal by Israel, and association with such parties is often used as grounds for imprisonment.

The center added that Dababsa was also the fiance of Palestinian prisoner Usama Muhammad Awwad al-Hroub from Jenin, who is currently being detained in Israel’s Ktziot prison.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 53 of the 6,500 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons as of January were women.

The group has also reported on the treatment of Palestinian women prisoners by Israeli prison authorities, stating that the majority of Palestinian women detainees were subjected to "psychological torture" and "ill-treatment" by Israeli authorities, including "various forms of sexual violence that occur such as beatings, insults, threats, body searches, and sexually explicit harassment.”

While Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention, which allows detention for three- to six-month renewable intervals, is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have instead claimed that the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence that could justify their detentions.

Rights groups say that Israel's administrative detention policy has also been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political and social processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.
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