Days of Palestine

Sunday, February 5

World’s youngest prisoner released from Israeli jails

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Days of Palestine, West Bank -Israeli occupation released on Sunday at noon the world’s youngest prisoner Dima al-Wawi, 12, after spending 75 days in illegal detention.

The 12-year-old Palestinian girl was convicted of attempting to stab an Israeli soldier and illegal possession of a knife by an Israeli military court in February.

According to the indictment, she set out to stab an Israeli soldier, but was apprehended at the entrance to the settlement of Karmei Tzur, where a knife was found in her possession.

However, Dima’s father denied that she had a knife or she had planned to stab any Israeli soldier. “All what she had was an iron nail-cutter,” he said.

Dima’s teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Days of Palestine, said: “Dima is the monitor of her class and she always had a nail-cutter and a pair of scissors to help her class mates tidy themselves at school.”

At noon, the Israeli occupation authorities handed the little girl over to her parents at the illegal Israeli checkpoint of Jabara near the West Bank city of Tul-Karm.

Several Palestinian official, NGOs preoperative and journalists were present when Dima was released. She appeared to be quite relaxed and calm, and a bit surprised by the commotion surrounding her, mainly due to representatives of the Palestinian and foreign media.

Thousands prisoners behind

The little freed prisoner Dima did not forget the thousands of Palestinian prisoners remained inside Israeli prisons behind her. “They are suffering hard conditions and I hope they are freed very soon,” she said.

Her parents said they would have a party for Dima and they would help her keep up with her school lessons, as she was banned from having school books inside the Israeli jails, and would help her feel warm at house.

Describing Dima’s situation while she was inside the Israeli jails, lawyer Abir Bacharm who pleaded for Dima, said: “The girl was classified a security prisoner; therefore, she was held in a prison alongside adult prisoners.

“Dima also faced many restrictions, for example, she was prevented from any visits by a social worker.”

She met her mother, the lawyer said, only on March 28, nearly two months after she was kidnapped and put in prison. The meeting lasted only 45 minutes with no physical contact.