Palestinian teen shot at checkpoint detained, interrogated in hospital: Women in Israeli detention

raghad18-year-old Raghad Shuani, shot by Israeli occupation forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint twice in the thigh on Tuesday, 26 July, is currently being subject to ongoing and exhaustive interrogation in Tzara Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem. Her detention was extended 8 days for continuing interogation and investigation; she was shot after being accused of “running towards” soldiers at the checkpoint.  Israeli media reported that “a search of her body revealed she was not armed.” Nevertheless, she is facing lengthy interrogation and imprisonment; she is restrained on her hospital bed with bullet wounds in her thigh.  Electronic Intifada reporting indicated that it may have been private security guards working for the Israeli occupation who shot the young woman, a student from the Qalandiya refugee camp.

The military court trial of Ansam Shawahneh, 19, was continued for the sixth time on 26 July; the An-Najah University student will next appear in the Salem military court on 20 September. Shawahneh is accused of attempting to stab an occupation soldier on 9 March near the illegal Kedumim settlement built on Palestinian land. She has been denied family visits ansam-shawahneh
from her parents for four months, since her arrest. Her court hearings are repeatedly postponed as the military prosecution rephrases the indictment against her; she is charged with “incitement” and “membership in a prohibited organization” as well as the alleged attempted stabbing.

Shuani and Shawahneh are two of approximately 61 Palestinian women held in Israeli occupation custody, mostly in HaSharon and Damon prisons.

Maysoon Halaweh of Jerusalem is being detained “until the end of proceedings” as of 27 July, accused of possession of a knife.  Israeli courts ordered the continuing detention of Suhour al-Zaatari, 41, and Rowaida al-Zaatari, 42 on Thursday. The two women were captured Monday night from their homes in Sweih neighborhood when they were raided by Israeli forces.

Meanwhile, two Palestinian women arrested while visiting their son and husband, respectively, in Israeli prisons, were released after several days of detention. Suad AbdulMohsen Thawabteh, 60, arrested on 25 July as she went to visit her son Nabil in the Negev desert prison, was released after 3 days on 28 July  Samaher Musalma was released on 26 July after a week of imprisonment; she was arrested on 19 July as she visited her husband Nabil, who has been imprisoned since 1999.