Nelly Zahi As-Safadi, detainee, released after two years

12:00 Jul 10 2011 HaSharon prison, Israel

NABLUS (Ma‘an) 11 July -- A 35 year-old woman from Nablus was released by Israeli authorities on Sunday, after spending two years in Israeli jails. Nelly Zahi As-Safadi was incarcerated in the Israeli prison Hasharon, and was due for release a month ago, according to Ahmad Al-Betawi, a researcher with the International Solidarity Organization.
Al-Betawi said As-Safadi was detained at an Israeli military checkpoint at the entrance to Ramallah in November 2009, as she was traveling to visit her brother. Israeli forces took her to an interrogation center in Petah Tekva near Jerusalem, where she was interrogated and physically and psychologically tortured over three months, Al-Betawi said ... During her confinement, Israeli forces detained her brother Hassan and mother-in-law, and raided her family home twice, to put pressure on her he said ... Upon release, As-Safadi left behind her blind husband, O’bada Belal, who has spent 10 years in Israeli jail.
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