Hadeel Abu Turki, youngest woman Palestinian prisoner, to be released today

hadeel-abuturkiPalestinian prisoner Hadeel Talal Issa Abu Turki, 18, is scheduled to be released today, July 4, from occupation prisons. She was arrested on July 26, 2012 from the Ibrahimi Mosque area and sentenced to a year in prison. She was a minor, 17, and sentenced as an adult.

This was not her first arrest – she was arrested first on February 25, 2009 at the age of 14, held for one month and released, but a suspended sentence was imposed upon her. During her detention, she was held in solitary confinement and interrogated repeatedly at Kiryat Arba illegal settlement before being imprisoned in Hasharon prison for one month. Her 15-year-old sister, Jihad, was imprisoned for seven months, as they were arrested together; Jihad was sentenced to 15 months but was released in a prisoner exchange.

hadeel-arrest She was arrested again on November 14, 2010 at the Ibrahimi Mosque and held for two months, released on January 27, 2011.

Um Fuad, Hadeel’s mother, said in an interview that Hadeel was arrested again on the Israeli check point near the Ibrahimi Mosque campus in July 2012. The Israelis claimed that she had pepper spray and that she was planning to spray it on a soldier’s face. She was sentenced for a whole year and a bail of 1000 shekels. During all of Hadeel’s arrests, she was a minor, and she was currently the youngest woman prisoner held in Israeli jails.