Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Israel has detained 15,000 Palestinian women since 1967

MEMO 8 Mar -- Israel has detained more than 15,000 Palestinian women since 1967, the Palestinian Minister of Women's Affairs said on Thursday. On the eve of International Women's Day, Jamila Al-Shanti condemned the international silence over Israel's systematic abuse of Palestinian women. "Nobody who claims to be fighting for women's rights has ever taken any action on this issue," she said. "The Israeli occupation authorities practice physical and psychological torture against Palestinian female prisoners," the Minister said in a press statement. "They lock them up with Israeli criminals who always attack and injure them." The Minister's statement included details of the Palestinian woman who was forced to give birth while she was handcuffed in an Israeli prison clinic.
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