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Palestinian woman 'humiliated, assaulted' at Israeli checkpoint
Published Monday 17/03/2014 (updated) 17/03/2014 22:01
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian woman said she was "humiliated and assaulted by an Israeli soldier" while on her way to visit her son in prison, a statement said Monday.

The mother of prisoner Ahmad Abd al-Fattah said she was stopped at the Taybeh checkpoint near Ramallah and taken to a small room for a strip search, according to a statement from the Palestinian Prisoners' Society.

"A female soldier ordered her to take off her clothes completely, but she refused," the statement said.

"The soldier insisted, and after the woman took off her clothes, the soldier hit her with the metal detector causing bruises."

Afterwards, the woman complained to a representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who informed an Israeli border crossing official.

As of February 2014 there were 99 fixed checkpoints in the West Bank, and 59 of them were "internal checkpoints," deep within the West Bank, according to the Israeli rights group B'Tselem.

"According to many testimonies given to B'Tselem and other human rights organizations, the security forces use violence, at times gross violence, against Palestinians unnecessarily and without justification," a B'Tselem report said in late 2012.
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1 ) JoeUSA / USA
17/03/2014 18:29
With her son in jail , an oppressive and intrusive occupation , lack of freedom of movement , add to that young Israeli soldiers who hate the population they are dealing with and always choose confrontational methods to establish authority , is a recipe for continuous confrontation between both sides. Solution is for Israel to pull away from the Palestinian areas and quit harassing the civilians. It serves no security purpose . It only adds fuel to the fire. But Israel chooses this to control.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
17/03/2014 19:43
Too bad B'Tselem never addresses the root problem of the checkpoints - the long and factual history of Palestinian human rights atrocities. Palestinians and their lackey supporters think they have the right to kill Israeli civilians. They do not. The Palestians are guilty of disgusting war crimes, which brought about the checkpoints that did not exist before the Palestinians decided on a policy of suicide bombings against civilian targets.

3 ) American Realist / USA
17/03/2014 19:54
What the IDF does.

4 ) Rebecca Dent / USA
17/03/2014 21:01
This sort of behavior by IDF soldiers has nothing to do with security and everything to do with humiliation and control. I'm praying for the tables to turn on these criminals.

5 ) Todd / Canada
18/03/2014 08:00
I am sure she is treated better that Gilda Shalits family was treated when Hamas let them come visit. Oh wait, Palestinians didn't give their prisoners any rights. Betselem didn't seem to get angry there. Stop being so surprised when the world ignores hypocracy
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