She was imprisoned as a punishment for her resisting husband.. the Palestinian Inas Al Asafra inhales freedom

Hebron – The Palestinian young woman, Inas Al-Asafra, had no charge until the Israeli occupation army led her in handcuffs and spent about two and a half years in its prisons, except that she is the wife of a man who chose to resist the occupation in his own way.

It was the dawn of August 10, 2019, when an Israeli force raided the village of Beit Kahil (south of the West Bank), blew up the door of Qassem al-Asafra’s house and surprised him in his bedroom.

The occupation army did not allow Qassem to get dressed, so he tied his hands with plastic handcuffs, closed his eyes with a piece of cloth and took him to his uncle’s house nearby.

Shortly after the arrest of the husband, Qasim, the military force returned to his house to ask his wife to escort her in a hurry to the husband’s place under the pretext of seeing him before leaving.

Exit without return

Inas did not return to her home that night, but was handcuffed to the front, blindfolded and arrested, leaving her two children Abdul Rahman (two and a half years) and Mohammed (5 years old).

The restrictions on Inas’ wrists lasted for about 5 hours until she reached the interrogation center in Ashkelon Prison (central Israel), where she spent 13 days in solitary confinement.

According to her interview with Al-Jazeera Net correspondent, Enas was subjected to investigation and psychological pressure, for nothing but the fact that she is “the wife of a Palestinian accused of killing a settler,” considering that her arrest “was a punishment for her husband and to pressure him during the investigation to confess the accusation against him.”

The released captive says that the interrogators threatened her, “They told me: You will not return to your children, we will demolish your house and we will sentence you to life imprisonment, and your husband will not be released from prison.”

Enas spent 30 months in captivity, most of them in Damoon Prison (Al-Jazeera)

repression and abuse

The investigation period ended, and Enas was transferred to Damon prison (northern Israel), where dozens of female prisoners were held, and there she lived with them the toughest and most difficult days of her life, between walls and barbed wire and a complete disconnection from her family and the outside world.

Inas says that she has experienced 3 repressions carried out by the prison administration’s forces, and each time the members of the force entered, armed with guns and gas, and conducted thorough searches of the prisoners’ belongings, and violently dragged them.

Despite the bitterness of “repression” in the detainees’ custom – which is the process of intrusion and abuse – Inas was not concerned with anything more than the two children she left behind, even though their grandmothers, uncles and aunts were like parents.

“My heart was with them,” Enas says, adding that whenever she went away thinking about them, she would take out their pictures to take a look and accept them, then delegate her affairs to God and return to exchange conversations with fellow families about how to compensate the two children for the period of her absence without guilt.

It is true that the photos were a comforter for the released captive and other prisoners, but they are old. The occupation authorities have prevented her from visiting her for the past two years to find her two children and she came out of prison bigger and more conscious than she had imagined and in the photos she possessed.

The joy of meeting

The occupation authorities released Inas, 25, on Sunday evening, at the Israeli “Jalameh” checkpoint north of Jenin (in the northern West Bank), and it took more than 5 hours for her to reach the southern West Bank, where her home is in Beit Kahil (north of Hebron).

Inas spent 30 months in captivity, most of them in Damon prison (northern Israel), leaving behind 31 Palestinian women prisoners of the procedures of repression and Israeli sanctions.

The journalists’ lenses documented the hurry of Enas, upon her release, to embrace her two children, Muhammad and Abdel-Rahman, at the sound of ululating sounds made by her female relatives.

The released female prisoner quoted the female prisoners, asking them to return the cantina (the prison store) where they can buy their needs, and to install a public phone to enable them to communicate with their families.

Proud of her husband

Enas is very proud of her husband, Qassem, and says that she is confident that he will see the light soon and will not pass the sentence imposed on him.

The wife says that she is “looking forward to the Wafaa Al-Ahrar 2 deal, and is optimistic that it will be concluded soon”, in reference to the Gaza Strip, where the “Hamas” movement is holding 4 Israelis, and negotiations are underway – whose details are not disclosed – to conclude a deal to exchange them for Palestinian prisoners.

Enas was scheduled to be released last Thursday, but the occupation authorities postponed the release, and on the same day, her husband was sentenced to life in prison, in addition to 40 years, and a fine of 1.56 million shekels (about half a million dollars).

The same court also issued a similar ruling against his captive partner, Nasir Saleh Asafra, while the two prisoners, Ahmed Aref Asafra and Youssef Saeed Zohour from the same town, are awaiting a prison sentence.

house demolition

The absence of the husband is not only what makes the occupation uncomfortable with the joy of releasing Enas, it has previously demolished her home, but what relieves her pain is “the high confidence in God and that he will not leave us,” as she says.

On October 28, 2019, the Israeli occupation army demolished 4 homes belonging to 4 prisoners accused of participating in the same operation, including the home of the Enas family.

According to the Hamas prisoners’ media office, “Qassem Asafra and 3 with him are accused of stabbing the settler Dvir Sorek near the settlement of Migdal Oz (south of Bethlehem) at the beginning of August 2019.”

Grandmothers in the place of mother and father

Throughout the period of Enas’s detention, her brother Moataz Asafra indicated that the care of her two children was given to their grandmothers, despite the hardship and difficulty that accompanied that due to the absence of the mother.

Moataz told Al Jazeera Net that the most difficult situation for the two grandmothers was to answer the question: When will Mama return? In addition to Mohammed’s enrollment in school and his need for follow-up.

He added that Enas’s family was not allowed to visit her or her husband in Rimon Prison (southern Israel), except during the first months of her detention two years ago.

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