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On Mother’s Day, 12 Palestinian Mothers Held in Israeli Jails Denied Right to Celebrate

As many countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day tomorrow, 12 Palestinian mothers held in Israeli jails for their resistance of the Israeli occupation are denied the right to celebrate this occasion with their children, today said the Palestinian Commission for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs.

It said in a statement that 12 mothers out of 39 women prisoners in Israel are not only suffering the hardships of the prisons but are also suffering from their inability to be with their children on this occasion and all year around.

“The children of the imprisoned women miss their mothers on this day and on every day of the year as the Mother’s Day occasion comes at a time the imprisoned mothers are forbidden visitation from their children under flimsy security pretexts, and things are becoming increasingly difficult due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including cessation of family visits,” said the commission.

“The mother prisoners in Israeli jails are even living difficult psychological conditions as a result of extreme anxiety and stress, and constantly thinking of the conditions of their children and how they live without their mothers, but the more difficult for the mother prisoner is when her husband is also in prison, which means their children have to live without the care of their parents,” it added.

The 12 mother prisoners are: Isra Jaabis, from Jerusalem, serving 11 years and a mother of one child; Khaleda Jarrar, from Ramallah, sentenced to two years, a mother of two daughters; Fadwa Hamadeh, Jerusalem, 10 years, mother of five children; Amani Hashim, Jerusalem, 10 years, mother of two children; Hilweh Hamamreh, Bethlehem, six years, mother of one baby girl; Nisreen Hassan, Gaza, six years, mother of seven children; Inas Asafreh, Hebron, 30 months, two children; Aya Khatib, from 1948 territories, in detention, mother of two; Iman Awar, Jerusalem, 22 months, six children; Khitam Saafin, Ramallah, administrative detention, mother of three; Shurouq Badan, Bethlehem, administrative detainee, mother of a child; and Anhar al-Hajjeh, Ramallah, detained on March 8, a mother of one child and is in her third month of pregnancy.

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