Oldest Female Detainee Dies In Israeli Prison

On Saturday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) reported that the Palestinian woman, the oldest female detainee imprisoned by Israel, died in an Israeli prison less than seven months after Israeli soldiers abducted her.

The PPS said that Sa’adiyya Farajallah, 68, from Ethna town west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, died at the ad-Damoun Israeli prison and added that the circumstances that led to her death remain unknown.

The PPS stated that Farajallah, a married mother of eight, was the oldest Palestinian female detainee in Israeli prisons and that she was abducted by the Israeli soldiers on December 18, 2021, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, after she was injured when many illegal Israeli colonizers attacked her.

The Israeli authorities prevented her family from visiting her throughout her imprisonment; she died at the Damoun Israeli prison.

The woman had diabetes and high blood pressure and was taking medications before she was taken, prisoner.

The PPS said that, although the Israeli soldiers abducted her nearly seven months earlier, Sa’adiyya was still imprisoned without charges and held Israel responsible for her death and the lives of thousands of detainees facing dire conditions in its prisons, detention camps, and interrogation facilities.

It said that, although the Israeli soldiers abducted her nearly seven months earlier, Sa’adiyya was still imprisoned without charges and held Israel responsible for her death and the lives of thousands of detainees facing dire conditions in its prisons, detention camps, and interrogation facilities.

Her brother, Taiseer Farajallah, demanded an autopsy to know the cause of death, especially since Sa’adiyya had no prior medical conditions, and added that the soldiers repeatedly struck and beat his sister when they abducted her near the Ibrahimi Mosque while she was on her way to visit her two married daughters, living in the Old City of Hebron.

“My sister was a woman who struggled to provide for her family despite the dire financial situation,” Taiseer stated.

Her death brings the number of detainees who died in Israeli prisons since 1967 to 230. Sa’adiyya was among twenty-nine female detainees, including Maysoun Mousa from Bethlehem, who was taken prisoner in 2015 and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison, in addition to Shorouq al-Badan and Bushra Tawil, who are held under the Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

Nofouth Hammad

Israel is also still holding captive ten Palestinian mothers and a female child Nofouth Hammad, 15, who was tortured during interrogation.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah held Israel responsible for her death and called on the International Community to investigate her death and ensure the release of all female detainees, children, elders, and ailing political prisoners.

(Source / 02.07.2022)

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