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Israa Al Jaabis

Symbol of resilience and suffering in the face of oppression and occupation.

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Date of Birth:



Jerusalem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Israa Al Jaabis became a powerful symbol of the plight of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails, particularly those needing medical care.

Brief bio

Israa Al Jaabis is a Palestinian woman who suffered severe burns in a car incident and was subsequently imprisoned by Israeli occupation authorities. Her case drew attention to the conditions of Palestinian prisoners, especially regarding medical neglect.

Major Milestones


  • Incident Leading to Arrest (2015): Involved in a car incident near a checkpoint in Jerusalem, which Israeli authorities accused her of being an attempted suicide bombing.

  • Severe Injuries from Incident (2015): Suffered third-degree burns over 65% of her body, including her face and hands.

  • Sentencing (2017): Sentenced to 11 years in prison by an Israeli court on charges of attempted murder.

  • Appeal for Medical Treatment (2018): Her case highlighted the lack of adequate medical care provided to her while in prison.

  • Release (2023): Released from prison as part of a deal between Hamas and Israel, reuniting with her family after eight years.

  • Raising Awareness of Prisoner Plights: Became a symbol for the difficult conditions and medical neglect faced by Palestinian prisoners...See More

  • Advocacy for Medical Rights: Her case brought attention to the need for proper medical treatment for prisoners...See More

  • Humanizing the Palestinian Struggle: Personalized the broader struggle of Palestinians under Israeli control.

  • Inspiring Solidarity Movements: Her situation inspired international solidarity movements and social media campaigns for Palestinian prisoners' rights.

  • Highlighting Legal Struggles: Her legal battles drew attention to the complexities and challenges faced by Palestinians in the Israeli judicial system.

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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