Mother of Palestinian prisoner sentenced to a year in prison for attempting to smuggle phone
An Israeli court sentenced the mother of a Palestinian prisoner to one year in prison on Saturday, according to the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners, after being accused of attempting to smuggle a cellphone into prison.
Amjad Abu Asab, head of the committee, said the Israeli central court sentenced Amaal Mahmoud Al-Shawish, 48, to a year in jail in addition to imposing a fine on her.
Al-Shawish was detained in March 2015 while visiting her son Muhammad, who was serving a five-year sentence, at a prison in the Negev desert of southern Israel. She was accused at the time of “providing services” to prisoners by attempting to smuggle a cellphone into the prison.
She was released on on April 22, 2015 and placed under house arrest until her trial was completed. At the time she was released to house arrest, she was also fined 15,000 shekels ($3,800). Separately, Israeli forces also released Nawras Abu Ghazalah, 24, on a 2,000 shekel bail on Saturday.
Nawras’ brother Ihab told Ma’an that Nawras was detained by Israeli forces from their family home in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City for writing “our time has come” on his Facebook page, amid an increasing crackdown by Israel on Palestinian activists, journalists, and civilians for alleged “incitement” on social media.
His detention was extended on Tuesday.Al-Shawish’s and Abu Ghazalah’s heavy fines were the result of the ongoing Israeli policy of routinely charging fines to Palestinian detainees upon their release from Israeli jails.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) generally paid such fines on behalf of Palestinians held in Israeli jails until March 2015.
At the time the PA was paying 13 million shekels ($3.65 million) a year to Israel, spending up to 4,000 shekels on each fine, according to PA committee of prisoners’ affairs, Issa Qaraqe.
All lawyers who worked with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody were notified at the time that they should avoid any plea bargains with the Israeli prosecution that includes payment of fines.
“This is a dangerous policy and blackmail whose goal is to incriminate the legitimate Palestinian national struggle against occupation,” Qaraqe announced during the PA policy change regarding payment of prison fines.
In 2013, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society reported that Israeli prisons had also been issuing fines for minor infractions without legal basis.
While fines appear relatively small for minor infractions, between 300-800 NIS ($80-$200), payments cause financial hardships on the prisoners and their families, and prison time is extended if the fines are not paid.
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