A little daughter of a woman in Israel who has been held captive by Israel since June of this year is asking for her mum’s life.
“Mommy, I need to die!” her mother, Zohar, sobbed while sitting in her hospital bed, on Sunday, the day after she was released from Israeli prison.
“I am so scared,” she told Channel 10, “I can’t think.
I cannot move.”
The Israeli military said the family was in touch with her family, but Zohari is refusing to speak to them.
“We’re afraid that her family will say something and they will try to force us to say that,” she said.
“She is in danger.”
The military said in a statement that Zoharia was held for “suspected Palestinian terrorists”.
But it didn’t say what she was suspected of, what charges she faced, or how long she was in Israeli custody.
It didn’t comment on whether she had been beaten or if she was still alive.
“Our family is not afraid to talk to anyone,” said Zoharian’s sister, who asked not to be named.
“What happened to her was inhuman, and the only thing we can do is ask for justice.”
The girl was taken into custody after her mother called for help.
“My mum called me and told me to call my brother, so I did,” she explained.
“When I called my brother he didn’t answer the phone.”
The family’s only other contact with the outside world came from a text message that ZOHARI sent her father, a military doctor, in April.
It said: “My sister Zohara.
She is not with us anymore, she has been taken into detention.
I hope you can find her soon.”
The message didn’t specify what charges Zohars father was charged with.
“That’s not relevant.
They were trying to pressure her to come and talk to them,” said her mother.
“They were just trying to blackmail her.”
The case was referred to a military court in Jerusalem, which is charged with handling military cases.
The court decided not to send a charge sheet to the prosecution, and instead handed down a sentence of five months’ imprisonment.
The girl’s family has not heard from her father since.
A military spokesperson said the case was being investigated.
The family was given two options to request a court order to be released from detention.
The first option was to seek an order from the Supreme Court of Israel, which could grant them the right to appeal the verdict.
The second option was a legal process that could be taken by the Ministry of Defence or the Shin Bet security service, which would decide whether or not to release them.
A spokesperson for the Shin Bank told The Jerusalem Report that the Shin Adel, the Shin Beit El and the Shin Narum security service are “looking into this case”.
It said it was “aware of the information provided to us”.
The Israeli government has been criticised for its treatment of Palestinians held by Israel, and for the way it treats detainees who refuse to speak out against their captors.
Israeli officials have also faced accusations of human rights abuses, including killings, disappearances and extrajudicial executions.
The Israeli Defence Forces have repeatedly denied that they have used torture or other cruel and unusual punishment against detainees.
In December last year, a report by human rights group Amnesty International revealed that the Israeli military had tortured prisoners, including those who refused to be interrogated, and in some cases severely beat and injured them.
The report was based on interviews with over 60 Palestinians detained in the occupied West Bank.