Women’s Demonstration in Hebron

13 March 2013

On March 11, Palestinian women gathered in Hebron city to demonstrate women’s rights under occupation in honour of International Women’s Day. Women have been part of all aspects of the struggle for the liberation of Palestine. Around 15,000 Palestinian women have been in the prison since 1967. A UN report stated, female Palestinian prisoners are subjected to interrogation and in some cases torture when they are arrested. Physical violence, insults, threats and humiliation are used in the interrogation process in order to force confessions from the prisoners. The physiological impact on women’s experience in the Israeli prison system, is often quite severe. All prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons can be held indefinitely without charge or trial. Currently there are15 women in Israeli jails, alongside 200 children and about 4,500 men.The protest was also in honour of the hunger strikers in the Israeli prison system.