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Palestinian female writer faces Israeli interrogation for 22nd day

Aug. 14, 2018 3:45 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2018 5:08 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Detained Palestinian female writer and mother of five children, Lama Khater, has been subjected to intensive interrogation by the Israeli security service for the 22nd consecutive day.

The 42-year-old writer and mother was detained by Israeli forces from the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron on July 24th during a raid to her home and has since been undergoing harsh interrogation in the Israeli Ashkelon prison.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) confirmed that Israel's main focus during the interrogations is on Khater's writings.

PPS added that Khater was first charged of writing "time bombs" as described by Israeli interrogators. However, the charges then included "being a leading member of an illegal organization" and providing services to the organization.

According to a PPS lawyer, the intensive interrogations last for 20 hours per day.

The lawyer mentioned that despite the Israeli interrogators threatening Khater with detaining others, in an attempt to force her to confess to the charges, she has repeatedly refused.

The lawyer added that Khater's hands and legs were handcuffed to the chair on which she was seated throughout the whole interrogation; she was permitted to leave the room only for the use of the toilet.

Last week, the Israeli court extended Khater's detention for 12 more days, however her lawyer was able to reduce the extension to eight days following an appeal.

PPS announced that the next court hearing is on 16th of August, making it the sixth hearing in less than a month.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,820 Palestinian prisoners currently being held in Israeli prisons, 63 of whom are female prisoners.
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