57 Palestinian Women in Israeli Prisons on International Women’s Day

An International Women's Day rally near Qalandiya checkpoint. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

An estimated 57 women are in Israeli prisons, including 13 female minors and nine women who have been injured by the Israeli army, according to Quds Net News Agency.

Freed prisoner Fatima al-Zak told the news agency that the world should realize that while it celebrates International Women’s Day, many Palestinian women are “suffering behind Israeli prison bars from racist, repressive policies”.

“Where is the world when it comes to the Palestinian women who suffer horrors inside the Israeli jails, are treated inhumanely and denied access to the most basic rights,” al-Zak said, adding that the world has forgotten about the Palestinian women.

Al-Zak called on international human rights organizations to exert pressure on Israel to release Palestinian women from Israeli prisons.

Member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Mariam Abu- Daqqa stressed that Palestinian women have been a partner in the national struggle and called on human rights advocates to look at their suffering in Israeli prisons.


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