Outrage in Ghana, as Israel Places Heavily Pregnant Woman in Isolation

Jossephine Kwabiwaa, 32, is currently being held in complete isolation in an Israeli jail. (Photo: via Twitter)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Jossephine Kwabiwaa, a 32-year-old “heavily pregnant Ghanaian worker” is currently being held in complete isolation, under horrific conditions in an Israeli prison,” the CAJnews Africa reported on Wednesday.

Kwabiwaa has reportedly been “placed in isolation for four months after her refusal to test for tuberculosis (TB).”

“For four months, no one on the Israel Prison Service’s medical staff who met Jossephine alerted anyone about the harm that could be caused to her as a result of her isolation or demand that it end,” said Anat Lidvin, director of the Physicians for Human Rights’ Department for Prisoners. 

The story of Kwabiwaa sheds light on the mistreatment of African migrants and Israeli citizens of African descent, which endure many forms of discrimation, racism and, often, violence. 

“This case shows how the Israel Prison Service violates the rights of prisoners and endangers their health and lives,” Lidvin told Haaretz. 

“Government authorities must work to transfer the responsibility of medical care for prisoners from the Israel Prison Service to a body that knows medicine and that can provide treatment in line with accepted standards in the public health system in Israel while maintaining the rules of ethical medicine.”

Israel’s mistreatment of  Kwabiwaa has sparked outrage in Ghana. 

Ghanaian lawmaker, Ras Mubarak, told the Afro-Palestine Newswire Service that “Israel’s treatment of Jossephine Kwabiwaa is racist and inhumane. Israel says it cares for Africa, but its long history of racism against Africans tells a very different story.”

Kwabiwaa has been “forced to pay for medical examinations and pregnancy supplements, like folic acid and iron. The cost of some of her pregnancy checks have been taken out of funds that she was supposed to use to purchase food items at the prison canteen,” the Center further reported.

Israel is often criticized for its mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners including women and children, according to Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association Addameer,  there are currently 5,000 Palestinian prisoners, including 458 administrative detainees – held without trial – in Israeli prisons. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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