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Lawyer: Eid holidays especially difficult time for Palestinian mothers in Israeli prison

June 21, 2017 9:14 P.M. (Updated: June 29, 2017 6:06 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The 56 Palestinian women -- 13 of them mothers and 10 of them minors -- currently held in Israeli prisons “are going through very difficult living, humanitarian and health conditions,” lawyer Hanan al-Khatib from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoner’s Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday.

Al-Khatib said that their suffering “increases as holidays come and go, with mother prisoners still behind Israeli bars away from their children,” referring to the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

Al-Khatib highlighted the case of Sabah Muhammad Faroun, from the town of al-Eizariya in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, who has entered her second year in administrative detention -- Israel’s widely condemned policy of internment without charge or trial -- for alleged incitement over social media.

Faroun was supposed to be released on June 22, however, Israeli authorities renewed her administrative detention for another three months, keeping her away from her four children for another holiday.

As of May, 6,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prison, 490 of whom are being held under administrative detention. 

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