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The Letters of Palestinian Female Prisoners: Sorrow Between Words

last update : 02/06/2020 - 07:13 PM ( Since 1 month )


GAZA, (ALRESALAH.PS)--“With you is my real Eid”, highlighted in red, wrote Shorouq Dwayyat, a Palestinian prisoner lodged in Israeli prison, in a letter for her family on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

How would a 16-year-old girl spend the festival without choosing her favorite colorful outfits, or receive her gift, like other girls, in a long-awaited festive day.

Shorouq wanted to be different than her fellows, she wanted to write a letter of greeting that reflects her strong personality, her eager childhood. She wrote chosen words that describe how she and her inmates will create Eid in prison, and celebrate the festival in detention.

She continued to describe in details how she will assist her inmates to make sweet ka’ak (ring cookie usually pressed date filled), and other sweet cookies, then deliver them to other inmates’ rooms. Imagine how would this be done in Israeli gloomy prisons!

Shorouq is concerned about her inmates who experience the festival in prison for the first time. “There are girls who experience Eid in prison for the first time. Their parents missed them. We have to rejoice them”. She tells about what she can do for them: “I make Maqlouba (rice and meat), and fish dishes for them”.

The little girl is a19-year-old student at Bethlehem University, sentenced to 16 years in Israeli prison (then 12-year-old). She was shot by an Israeli settler and seized by occupation forces on 7 October 2015 in eastern Jerusalem. She was accused of stabbing attempt.

“You inspire me strength”, she concluded her letter, but she doesn’t know how long she will be exercising patience!

Mays Abu Ghush is another victim in Israeli prisons. “My bird dreams on the light of moon, but the moon is full of homesickness and love”.

As if that bird is the only sociable who is allowed to set on the room window where the lonely little girl is prisoned since August.

Obviously, the painful girl was hiding her agony of imprisonment. The words uncovered the deteriorating health situation. “Since you know I am sick; you should know that I suffer stabbing pains in spine, arms and electrical signals discharges in the left side of my head”, adding: “I need medical examinations”.

Depriving Mays from contacting her family over the phone, further deteriorated her psychological situation.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), 43 female prisoners are lodged in Israeli prisons, some of them are deprived from meeting their children.

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