Palestinian teacher and activist Sireen Khudiri Sawafteh, 25, was released from Israeli occupation prisons on Monday, July 15, 2013, following two months’ imprisonment. She was released with a fine of 7000 NIS that is also serving as bail, but is prohibited from accessing the internet or leaving her home until another court hearing in her case on September 16.
She was arrested on May 15 as she returned to her home city of Tubas from university. She was held in Jalame detention centre for interrogation for 22 days before transfer first to Ashkelon and then to Hasharon prison with her fellow women political prisoners.
She said, following her release, that those who work on the prisoners’ cause should focus on Hasharon prison, as conditions are very bad, and medical neglect and mistreatment is common. She also urged support for Tahrir Mansour at her court hearing on August 28.
There are now 13 women prisoners in occupation prisons: Alaa al-Ju’bah, Alaa Abu Zaytoun, Ayat Mahfouz, Enaam AbdelJabar Hasanat, Hiba Budair, Inaam Qanambou, Intisar al-Sayyad, Lina Jarbouni, Mona Qaadan, Naheel Abu Aisha, Nawal al-Saadi, Tahrir al-Qinni Mansour, and Dunya Wakid.