Days of Palestine

Thursday, February 9

Solidarity campaign launched in support of Israa Jaabis

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PLO’s Committee for Prisoners and Freed Prisoners launched a solidarity campaign for burns victim Israa Jaabis who is being held in an Israeli jail.

Entitled “Freedom and Treatment: A Right for Prisoner Israa”, the campaign has been setup to pressure occupation forces to provide Israa with medical care to tend to her wounds.

In a statement, the Committee called for Palestinians to get involved in the campaign, which is also being run on social media.

According to the statement, the campaign would include sit-ins, meetings and press conferences to be held in front of human rights and media organisations to highlight the plight of Palestinian prisoners to them.

“Decent treatment and proper medical care are basic rights for prisoners,” the Committee said, stressing that “the Palestinian prisoners are deprived of these rights inside the Israeli jails.”

Jaabis, 32, was arrested in October 2015 after a faulty cooking gas cylinder in her car burst into flames 500 metres from an Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.

She was severely wounded in the blaze, suffering 65 per cent burns across her body, including wounds to her face and hands. After she was arrested, she was taken to Hadassah Medical Centre where eight of her fingers were amputated.

Israeli occupation forces accuse Jaabis, who has a ten-year-old son, of attempting to harm Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint near the site of the explosion.