Illegal collective punishment measures against women and children: The case of Nadia Abu Jamal and her family

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In the early hours of 17 January 2017, Israeli authorities arrested Nadia Abu Jamal from her in-law’s home in occupied East Jerusalem. She was then "deported" from occupied East Jerusalem, a forcible transfer resulting in the disruption of her life and the lives of her children, 8-year-old Waleed, 6-year-old Salma, and 5-year-old Mohammad. This move comes after a series of collective punishment measures taken against Nadia and her family after Nadia's husband allegedly committed an attack in West Jerusalem in November 2014.

 

"From now on anyone who plots, plans or considers carrying out an attack will know that his family will pay a heavy price for his deed. The consequences will be harsh and far-reaching, like the decision I made regarding the mother and relatives of the terrorist who perpetrated the attack in Armon Hanatziv in Jerusalem.” Israeli Interior Minister Arye Deri In the early hours of 17 January 2017, Israeli authorities arrested Nadia Abu Jamal from her in-law’s home in occupied East Jerusalem. She was then "deported" from occupied East Jerusalem, a forcible transfer resulting in the disruption of her life and the lives of her children, 8-year-old Waleed, 6-year-old Salma, and 5-year-old Mohammad. This move comes after a series of collective punishment measures taken against Nadia and her family after Nadia's husband allegedly committed an attack in West Jerusalem in November 2014. Our organizations are deeply concerned with the escalation of collective punishment measures against Palestinians from East Jerusalem by Israel. Following another alleged attack by Fadi Al Qanbar against Israeli soldiers in the illegal settlement of Armon HaNetziv in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli authorities imposed a series of collective punishment measures against residents of Jabal al Mukaber in occupied East Jerusalem. Specifically, the Israeli Minister of Interior initiated proceedings for the revocation of Fadi's mother's East Jerusalem residency and the permits of 15 other members of Fadi's extended family, including minors, and imposed other collective punishment measures against residents in the neighborhood. Nadia’s forcible transfer sets a dangerous precedent, paving the way for further forcible transfers of Palestinians from East Jerusalem.