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Palestine: Israel deports 14 year old Palestinian girl from W Bank to Gaza

2nd Feb 2018
Palestine: Israel deports 14 year old Palestinian girl from W Bank to Gaza

By Amjad al-Nabhan

 

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA): The Israeli authorities have deported a Palestinian girl from the occupied West Bank to the blockaded Gaza Strip without informing her family, a Palestinian legal source said Thursday.

According to Abir Jibran, a lawyer representing the girl for Israel’s Hamoked rights group, said 14-year-old Ghada Ibrahim was picked up by Israeli authorities in the West Bank town of Al-Ram on Jan. 23.

Three days later, Jibran told Anadolu Agency, the authorities sent Ibrahim to the Gaza Strip — via the Erez border crossing — without informing her family in the West Bank.

The child was arrested, the lawyer said, because she “lacked permission” to live in the Israeli-occupied town. Ghada was born in 2003 in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank, where she has been living her whole life.

On January 13, 2018, when she was returning from a visit to her aunt in the Issawiya neighborhood in Jerusalem, she was arrested by the Border Police for being in Jerusalem without the necessary permits. She was interrogated by the police and taken to a remand hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court on January 15, 2018. Her parents were not present during the interrogation or the hearing. The judge ordered her release, provided she appears at any additional proceedings. Her family paid a guarantee of NIS 1,500.

In a telephone conversation with HaMoked, Ghada described what happened on the day of her release from Israeli jail: she was woken at 5:00 a.m. and told that they were going to release her at the Qalandia checkpoint (near her home). Instead, to her extreme dismay, after hours of travel, representatives of the Israel Prison Service dropped her off after dark at the Erez Crossing into Gaza. No one had coordinated with her family or even bothered to explain to her where she was.

“After three days in detention, she was told that she would be released at the Kalandia border crossing, which is close to her town,” Jibran said.

“But instead, Ghada found herself at the Erez border crossing linking Israel with the Gaza Strip,” she added.

The lawyer went on to describe the alleged deportation as “a violation of her most basic rights as a child”.

According to the Palestinian population registry, Ibrahim lives in the Gaza Strip at the home of her father. She was born in the West Bank, however, and had never before set foot in the Gaza Strip.

Residents of the blockaded Gaza Strip are banned from entering the occupied West Bank without special permits.

According to a recent statement released by Hamoked, Israel deported 27 Palestinians from the West Bank to Gaza in 2017.

Additional report from Hamoked press release

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