06 September 2018

Israeli forces in August detained six Palestinian women, while being present at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.

Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained six Palestinian women including an elderly woman; they were identified as Nahida Abu Shaqra, 65, Salasbil Imara, Sajida Mahamid, Samah Mahamid, Sujoud Mahamid and Nour Mahajneh.

The sources stated that Naheda and Salsabeel were taken prisoner just meters away from the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The rest of the detained women were taken prisoner after returning to a police roadblock, to retrieve their ID cards, which they had to leave with the soldiers in order to be allowed into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The women were all from towns within 1948 Palestine.
Reasons for their detention remained unknown.

Naheda is the sister of Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in the northern part of the country.

He was repeatedly abducted and imprisoned by Israel, and is denied access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

This was the second time Naheda was denied access to the holy site in one month, and was previously one of many women, who received orders forbidding their entry into the mosque.

On August 11, the army abducted Qoteiba Suleiman Abu Shaqra, 20, and his brother Hasan, 19, while leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque, through Bab Al-Asbat (The Gate of the Tribes.) They are the sons of Montaha Emara, a sister of Sheikh Raed Salah.

The Israeli police also in late August detained a Palestinian woman and her daughter, and handed them orders preventing them from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem.

The police summoned Khadija Khweiss for interrogation, and handed her an order preventing her from entering the mosque and its compound for six months.

A week prior, Khadija was summoned for interrogation, and handed a similar order but for one week.

The soldiers also handed her daughter, Shifa’ Abu Ghalia, an order preventing her from entering the mosque for two weeks. Shifa’ was detained by the police, earlier as she was leaving the holy site.

Khadija, and several Palestinian women from occupied Jerusalem, have been repeatedly detained and interrogated by the soldiers and the police, for protesting ongoing invasions into the holy site, and repeated provocative tours by colonialist settlers accompanied by armed officers into Al-Aqsa.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies said that during August, Israeli authorities have increased the number of detentions against Palestinians, specifically from occupied East Jerusalem.The monthly report regarding detentions showed that a total of 550 Palestinians were detained, including 85 children and 19 females.According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,820 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 63 are female prisoners.
Source: Wafa, IMEMC, Maan