Days of Palestine, West Bank -The youngest freed Palestinian prisoner Dima al-Wawi, 12, is afraid to be re-arrested by Israeli occupation.
Al-Wawi, who was released from Israeli prisons on Sunday, is currently at her home in the city of Halhoul, near the occupied West Bank governorate of Al-Khalil.
She receives guests celebrating her release after spending 75 days inside Israeli prisons over fake claims that she attempted to stab Israeli soldiers.
The little primary school girls hesitated when Days of Palestine reporter asked her to answer his questions about her imprisonment, but after her mother had encouraged her, she answered some of the questions.
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About her experience with the Israeli interrogators, she said: “An interrogator came to me while I was staying at a very small room, he asked me whether I am Fatah or Hamas. I remained silent, he screamed, I remained silent and he repeated this several times. Then, he left and another one came and did the same thing.”
Looking shocked, she continued: “Several interrogators asked me the same questions and at the end I said I am Hamas. The same thing happened when they asked me whether I wanted to stab and Israeli soldier.”
Describing the horrible situation of her condition inside the Israeli jails, she said: “I do not remember how many days I stayed isolated in a small cell. I even did not know how many days I spent in prison. I am afraid. They [the Israeli interrogators] threatened me to take me back to prison sooner or later.
“I am afraid as they threatened me that I would not be back to my schools. They said that they would beat my parents and my brothers and sister. They told me they would destroy my house and keep me locked under house arrest.”
Her father described her detention as a “shameful act in the forehead of Israel, which claims it is the sole democracy in the region.”
He explained: “Israel dealt with my daughter as an adult criminal; however, she is a child and the allegations of the Israeli soldier that she planned to stab one of them are false. All what she had was a nail-cutter.”
Al-Wawi’s lawyer described all the Israeli measures with Dima as illegal acts because she is minor and still under legal liability.
“She is too young to be arrested, attend a court hearing, charged or sentenced,” the lawyer said. “Then, she was interrogated by several harsh interrogators and recognised accusations under torture.”
The lawyer said that Dima was interrogated without the presence of a lawyer or any of her parents or relatives. “This is opposed by the international law and even the Israeli law,” he said.
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.