Really pleased to report Palestinian teacher and activist Sireen Khudiri, 25 was released from occupation prison on July 15, 2013 after two months of imprisonment. A court decision was made to release her on payment of 7000 shekels ($2,483 Aust.) serving as bail. She is now home with her family.
Thanks so much to all those who wrote letters and signed petitions to protest Sireen’s imprisonment, promoted awareness of her situation or posted or wrote messages of support. These efforts may have had an impact in helping free Sireen from prison.
However, the court has ordered that she must not leave her house and must not use the internet. Sireen also has to go back to court on 16th September '13.
Sireen was arrested on May 15, as she returned to her home town of Tubas from university. She was arrested for her internet activism, because she wrote articles critical of Israeli actions in the occupied West Bank. Israel accused Sireen of creating a Facebook page that threatens the security of Israel and the region.
After her release Sireen said that conditions for female political prisoners are very bad in Hasharon Prison, with medical neglect and mistreatment common. And she called on those who work for the prisoners cause to focus campaign on this situation. Sireen also urged support for Tahrir Mansour at her court hearing on August 28th.
Sireen’s family have sent a message to all Siren’s friends who acted with humanity and solidarity to free Sireen. They said:
Thankful for your support against apartheid occupation, today (Sireen) feel sorry because she can't thank by herself each one who supported her. As you know it's forbidden for her to use internet. She sends her love for all of you. We wish freedom for all prisoners.
Thank you very much for your support.
For more information – visit Facebook page, Sireen Khudiri Sawafteh campaign.