Dheisheh camp invaded: Palestinian woman arrested, freed prisoners summoned for interrogation

strikerssIsraeli occupation forces today invaded Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, where they arrested Hanadi Mousa al-Moghrabi, 37, the wife of imprisoned Palestinian Ahmad al-Moghrabi, who has been held in Israeli jails since 2002.

Moghrabi joins over 50 Palestinian women held in Israeli jails, including Palestinian leftist parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar, long-time prisoner Lena Jarbouni, lawyer Shireen Issawi and activist Ihsan Dababseh, who was just sentenced to 20 months imprisonment for membership in a prohibited organization.

The invading occupation soldiers also handed over summons for interrogation to former prisoners Nidal Abu Aker, Ghassan Zawahreh and Adnan al-Afandi, demanding their appearance at the Etzion military base. Abu Aker and Zawahreh were just freed last month – on 10 December and 30 November, respectively – after a 40-day hunger strike against their administrative detention without charge or trial. Zawahreh is also the brother of Moataz, who was killed by Israeli occupation soldiers on 13 October, shot dead as he participated in a demonstration in Bethlehem.

Zawahreh has been held under administrative detention without charge or trial on multiple occasions, as has Abu Aker, who has spent over 10 years in Israeli prisons over multiple arrests. He is a Palestinian journalist who hosts a program on political prisoners for Sawt al-Wihda radio, broadcasting from Dheisheh refugee camp.

Their release had been negotiated as part of the end of the hunger strike, which took place in August-September 2015. One of their fellow hunger strikers, also from Dheisheh refugee camp, Shadi Ma’ali, was just subject to an additional four months renewal of administrative detention without charge or trial. Ma’ali’s detention has been renewed four additional times since his arrest on 28 June 2014; he has been imprisoned this entire time with no charge or trial. He has spent over 12 years in Israeli prisons over various arrests and is very active in organizing in the Dheisheh camp.

The administrative detention without charge or trial of Kayed Abu Rish, from Al-Ain refugee camp in Nablue, was also renewed on 12 January; he has been imprisoned arbitrarily since 13 January 2015 and participated in the collective hunger strike against administrative detention in August-September of last year. Abu Rish, 44, has spent over 16 years in Israeli jails over multiple arrests.

Over 660 Palestinians are currently held in administrative detention without charge or trial in Israeli prisons.