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Politics in the Time of Corona / Politics in the Time of Corona - EP. 9: Punishment in Palestine

Sahar Francis of Addameer and Dana Farraj of the Stop Collective Punishment Campaign discuss the unique threat of COVID-19 to Palestinian prisoners (Photo by Ryan Rodrick Beiler)
Politics in the Time of Corona
Politics in the Time of Corona - EP. 9: Punishment in Palestine
{{langos=='en'?('07/04/2020' | todate):('07/04/2020' | artodate)}} - Issue 7.1

From Ramallah: April 7, 2020

Jadaliyya's Noura Erakat and Bassam Haddad discuss the unique threat that COVID-19 represents to Palestinian prisoners of the Israel due to Israeli neglect and endangerment. Sahar Francis, director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and Dana Farraj, coordinator of the Stop Collective Punishment Campaign, dig into the details of the Israeli carceral system.

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Punishment in Palestine Statistics:

As of March 2020

- 5,000 Palestinian prisoners currently in Israeli jails.
- 432 in administrative detention.
- 183 children.
- 43 female prisoners.
- Since 1967, over 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned.
- 4 Palestinian prisoners confirmed to be infected with coroanvirus.
- 50 Palestinian homes demolished
- Since 1967, 18,000 houses Palestinian homes have been demolished; 6,000 homes were demolished immediately after the 1967 war.
- Home demolition as collective punishment


Sahar Francis
Sahar Francis

General Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association 

Sahar Francis is the General Director of Addameer PrisonerSupport and Human Rights Association, a Ramallah-based Palestinian NGO that provides legal and advocacy support to Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. An attorney by training, she joined Addameer in 1998, first as a human rights lawyer, then as head of the Legal Unit. 

With over sixteen years of human rights experience including legal counseling and representation, Adv. Francis is a leader of prisoners rights advocacy. She has been invited to speak internationally at legal organizations, universities, grassroots and Palestine solidarity events and academic conferences. She has also represented Addameer at the UN Human Rights Council, sits on the Board of Defense for Children International – Palestine Section, and was recently appointed to be on the technical committee for the Palestinian National Committee for the follow-up of the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

Francis earned her law degree from the University of Haifa in 1994, entered the Israeli Bar Association in February 1996, and earned her Master’s Degree in International Studies from Birzeit University in 2006.

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Dana Farraj
Dana Farraj

One of the Coordinators of the Stop Collective Punishment Campaign

Dana Faraj is a lawyer, legal researcher, and one of the coordinators of the Stop Collective Punishment Campaign. Farraj obtained her master’s degree in International Humanitarian Law from Aix-Marseille University in 2019, and her bachelor’s degree in Law from Birzeit University in 2015. Her research interests include refugee law, human rights law and international criminal law.

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