On Mother's Day, 12 Palestinian mothers deprived of their families

21st of March, where the typical Middle Eastern mother would be normally celebrating such a special day in the arms of her beloved ones, that is not necessarily the story for the Palestinian mother.

The Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs said on Saturday that 12 out of 39 Palestinian captive mothers are in the prisons of Damon and Hasharon. Those mothers are unfairly being held away from their families for years.

The commission reported that the captive mothers are: Israa Jaabis, Fadwa Hamada, Amani Al-Hashem, Helwa Hamamra, Nisreen Hassan, Inas Asafra, Aya Al-Khatib, Iman Al-Awar, Khatam Al-Saafin, Shorouk Al-Badan, Khaleda Jarrar, Anhar Al-Deek (pregnant captive).

The Commission said that The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) is making it so hard, if not impossible, for families and children to visit or contact their mothers due to "security and safety" reasons.

The report mentioned that mothers in Israeli prisons are living in dire psychological conditions, severe anxiety, tension, and constant thinking about their children being without their mothers.

In the midst of all of this, all Palestinian females in Israeli prisons are subjects to arbitrary and brutal measures. From medical negligence to random punishments, nothing is making it more difficult for these mothers than being away from their families.

It indicated that the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested more than 17,000 Palestinian women since 1967, pointing to the great patriotic and militant role of Palestinian women in carrying out their responsibilities in facing the occupation alongside the Palestinian man.

The commission called on the international community to work for the liberation of the Palestinian mother and woman and to provide adequate support in order to protect them and their children from the arrogance of the Israeli occupation and the need to work at all levels to release them and stop their suffering inside the Israeli occupation prisons.