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Palestinian mother to serve 2 years in jail following house arrest

April 15, 2015 5:15 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 23, 2015 10:30 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian mother of six arrived at Israel's Ramla jail on Wednesday to serve the remainder of her prison sentence, after spending 38 months under house arrest.

Head of prisoner rights NGO Jerusalem Prisoners Families Committee, Amjad Abu Asab, said that Alia al-Sheikh Abbasi, 50, was detained on Jan. 2, 2012 in the the Shufat refugee camp checkpoint on allegations of attempting to stab an Israeli soldier.

She was released on Feb. 22, 2012 and transferred to house arrest, where she spent 38 months.

Abbasi's original sentence of 40 months in jail given by the Israeli central court of Jerusalem last year was reduced to 26 months of actual imprisonment after an appeal was presented to the Israeli High Court.

Alia Abbasi is a mother of six from the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, whose residents have Jerusalem residency cards but are not Israeli citizens, despite living under Israeli law.

Shuafat refugee camp, the location where Abbasi attempted to stab an Israeli soldier, is cut off from the rest of the city by the Israeli separation wall and a number of Jewish settlements, despite falling under city limits.

One of Abbasi's children, Issa Daoud Abbasi, has been detained in Israeli jails since 2010, sentenced to 10 years of prison.

Asab pointed out that Abbasi's prison sentence at Ramla jail brings the number of women prisoners from occupied East Jerusalem to four, out of the over twenty women currently held in Israeli jails.
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