Ofer - Palestinians staying illegally in Israel, Remand Extension

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Vivi Sury, Nitza Aminov (reporting)

Translation: Marganit W.


She was “only” illegally in Israel


Remand Extension Court

Judge: Lieut. Col. Avry Einhorn

Defendant: Hanadi Aburzak


Hanadi Aburzak is a young woman from Wallaje Village.

She has been in custody for two days.


Atty. Munzer Abu Ahmed explained the situation to her. She listened, her face impassive. The ensuing hearing had no translation (the interpreter was otherwise engaged) so she could not follow.

No family member was present in the court.


It transpired that Aburzak had given birth a month earlier at a hospital in Bethlehem. The babyinfo-icon weighed only one kilo! The young mother wanted to transfer the baby to Mukasad Hospital (or to Israel: in the hearing they mentioned Mukasad, but in the protocol it says “a hospital in Israel”).

What happened was that Hanadi Aburzak left Wallaje without a permit. Who would give her a permit? In addition, it was during the Passover closureinfo-icon.

She was arrested in Jabel Mukaber and was put in custody.


Due to the special circumstance, the judge acceded to the defense’s request and released her on a 1000-shekel bail.


The attorney told us that the family had already given him the money and that he was about to deposit it.

Hanadi Aburzak was released the same day, but it is not clear what would happen next: will she be able to obtain a permit to move the baby to the preemie department in Mukasad Hospital or in Israel?


A few facts about Wallaje:

The original village was situated where the villages of Ora and Aminadav are today. In 1948, the inhabitants were transferred to their present location, between Beit Jala and Bethlehem. After 1967 Israel annexed part of the land.

The separation wall is scheduled to surround the village, turning it into an enclave connected to Beit Jala and Bethlehem, but disconnected from Jerusalem. Israel demolished many houses in the village and more are scheduled for demolition.

At the bottom of the village there is a spring, Ein Haniye which used to serve as recreation area for the villagers. A year ago Ein Yael Checkpoint was moved so as to separate the village from the spring,  which is now a recreation area for Israelis only.