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West Bank: Bushra Altaweel arrest, a 17 year-old teenager

Bushra Altaweel arrest, a 17 year-old teenager

Bushra Altaweel, a 17 year-old teenager was arrested on July 6th 2011, during a dawn raid at her home in Al-Bireh, near Ramallah.

No explanation was given for her arrest, and more than a month later she has not been charged without any crime. UFree believes that she was targeted for arrest by Israeli occupation forces because her father, Mr Jamal Altaweel is an elected mayor for Al-Bireh city in West Bank.

Family members of elected officials have been venerable to arrest due to the Israeli occupation policy of targeting families of elected Palestinian politicians as a means of applying political pressure. Last year, the same family was targeted – Bushra's mother, Mrs Muthanna Altaweel, was held in administrative detention for a full year.

No charge has been brought against Bushra after 30 days in detention, and the Israeli courts have delayed in convening a session where her case was due to be heard, delaying her release. UFree calls for the immediate expedition of Ms Altaweel's case and compensation for the psychological trauma they have been subject to throughout the ordeal.

UFree is an independent European-wide human rights network; set up to defend the rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees.

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