Palestine: Children orphaned as parents live behind bars
February 4, 2013   By:    Palestinian Detainee, Palestinian Prisoners   2 Comments   //   792 Views

Hamzah hopes to get his mother back as the boy is hopeless about his father

– By Nasouh Nazzal


Hamza Abu Warda. Image Credit: Nasouh Nazzal/Gulf News

Hamza Abu Warda. Image Credit: Nasouh Nazzal/Gulf News

Ramallah: “It is catastrophic to lose both parents and end up all alone,” said Hamzah, a ten year old Palestinian boy in Hebron.

The Ofer Military Court will review on Thursday an appeal submitted by the Palestinian female prisoner Noura Burhan Al Ja’abari who was convicted of smuggling money and a cell phone to her imprisoned husband Mohammad Abu Wardah, himself sentenced to 48 lifetimes imprisonment.

Noura had earlier been sentenced by a military court to eight months imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of 10,000 Shekels.

The imprisoned couple has left their only son Hamzah all alone living a life he has labeled as total loneliness. “I live with my grandparents who are looking after me,” said Hamzah in an interview with Gulf News.

The ten year old Hamzah said that he has never seen his father as he was born after his father was jailed. “To me, my mother was a mother and a father at the same time and her detention has totally emptied my life,” he said.

Huge Israeli forces raided Hamzah’s house on October 9th last year, brutally searched it and arrested Noura. The Israeli Public Prosecution pressed money related charges against the mother, along with the illegal smuggling of money and a mobile phone to her imprisoned husband during a visit to him in Nafhah Prison.

Once Noura was arrested, her husband was returned to the interrogations chambers once again even though already sentenced prisoners are usually not returned to the interrogation.

Mohammad Abu Wardah, a Hamas operative from Al Fawar Refugee Camp in Hebron, was officially accused by the Israeli Public Prosecution of orchestrating suicidal operations against the state of Israel and was sentenced to 48 lifetimes imprisonments – becoming one of the longest ever Palestinians sentenced by the Israeli military judicial system. Mohammad tied the knot when he was chased by the Israeli military and knew his wife was pregnant after he entered an Israeli jail.

Mohammad Mahmoud Abu Wardah, an uncle to the imprisoned Mohammad told Gulf News that both the Abu Wardah and Al Ja’abari families have been dedicating most of their time and effort to entertain Hamzah and speak to him about his imprisoned mother.

“We fully appreciate the family conditions of the grade four Hamzah who has lost his two parents,” he said. “Hamzah badly suffers about the absence of both his father and mother, but we have nothing in hand except promising him with an immediate home coming of his mother,” he said.

He stressed that Hamzah’s teachers in Hebron give him a special treatment, but the boy usually asks to see his mother, but the Israeli military have been denying the family any visits.

Noura, a school teacher, is extremely worried about her son Hamzah. Only Noura’s mother, and her mother in law are allowed to attend her court sessions during which time, she urges them to pay bigger attention to Hamzah. “Noura does not pay attention to the court proceedings but asks her attending family members to look after her only son Hamzah,” said Mohammad.

Ahrar Centre for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights has prepared a study on children with imprisoned parents through which light has been shed on the case of Mohammad and Noura, the case of the imprisoned couple Nawal Al Sa’adi and her husband Bassam Al Sa’adi and that of the imprisoned couple Mona Qedan and her husband Ebrahim Eghbariyah.

“Children of imprisoned parents live total misery and real suffering,” concluded the centre.


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2 Comments to “Palestine: Children orphaned as parents live behind bars”
  • AP3BS
    July 25, 2013 -

    262273 927909However, what about the conclusion? Are you sure about the source? 28859

  • Yesica
    August 12, 2013 -

    Of course it’s more acatepcble to mock christianity than it is to mock islam.But there’s billions of Christians too. I don’t suffer double standards.Christian privilege is a huge thing, and for example, I doubt you’ll be exempt from any job for being because of you supposed christianity.That really depends on the country, dunnit? Or have you never encountered the word ? Do you also think that Black History Month is bull, when we can’t have White History Month? This is after all discrimination.lolwut?My point was, that coming as an outsider, wanting to fight THEIR battles, can be a bad thing. When wanting to support the feminist and LGBT organizations in muslim countries, you kinda get off on the wrong foor when you start off by mocking the religion of the people you’re trying to help.How utterly condescending and presumptuous. Spoiler alert: There’s plenty of non-Muslims in Islamic theocracies, even if they’re in the closet about it.Draw Muhammed Day is exactly the same. It might be an attack on a few kinds of angry muslims, but the “happening” can offend every single muslim in the world.I had no idea that every single Muslim in the world read Queereka. That’s awesome! I wonder when I’ll get my cut of the ad revenue.Are they not right to be offended? People are, after all, regarding their Holy Prophet as a plaything you can mock whenever you like.So because they revere this dude, I should as well? But the same doesn’t apply to Christians because HEY LOOK OVER THERE!We shouldn’t draw pictures of ANYTHING, when the goal is to spite people.My goal is to spite people who would murder human beings over cartoons. To me, that’s actually a FANTASTIC reason to draw a picture (and drawing is an activity that does not even need an excuse!).I absoluty condemn calling for the murder of anyone, I wouldn’t think this needs any clarification at all.Then stop making excuses for murderers. That’s called victim-blaming.Draw Muhammed Day is however a petty and childish troll that serves as an excuse to mock religion without taking sensibilities of other people intoaccount.Of course I didn’t take them into account. The whole point is that I have contempt for such sensibilities, and rightly so. If someone thinks Mohammed shouldn’t be drawn, they’re welcome to not draw him. Freedom of speech goes both ways, so just as some basement dweller legally is allowed to draw Muhammed as a dog, I’m allowed to criticize him plenty for doing so, and tell him why it’s wrong,Now you’re gettin’ it! You can respond as you please without a care in the world for my sensibilities. That’s how it should be.I DO think that the sentence “it’s not very nice to atheists, women, or LGBT folks.” compares the plight of atheists to the global oppression of women and queer people.Why yes, it does! And that’s because people are sitting in prison waiting to be executed in Islamic theocracies right this very moment for crimes such as blasphemy and apostasy. and also a final reply to the tone argument in the very top. If I hear someone go “Hey, fucking s n ,” I’m certainly not holding back on my anger, saying “excuse me Sir, kindly Sir. You might, sorry for implying this, but you might just have been a teeny tiny bit racist. No offense!” That would be bull.Don’t use racial slurs on this site, especially if you’re pretending to be some grand anti-racist crusader. You might just have been a teeny tiny bit racist.