Released Palestinian Prisoner Denied Entry to Gaza | New
North of Gaza, Erez crossing – For the third day in a row, Israeli authorities have barred entry to a Palestinian prisoner released last Sunday.
After spending six years in prison, Nisreen Abu Kmail was refused an Israeli permit to enter Gaza to reunite with her family because she holds the “blue Israeli identity card”.
Abu Kmail is from Haifa in the occupied territories of 1948 and holds the Israeli ID card, but she has been married to a Palestinian in Gaza for 20 years.
Upon her release from Al Damon prison, Abu Kmail headed straight for the Erez crossing to cross to Gaza, where she was banned from entering because she does not have an entry permit. , which forced her to stay in Hebron after long hours of waiting.
Early this morning, Nisreen gleefully told Al Jazeera over the phone that she had been informed that the Israeli side had allowed her to enter Gaza and would head straight for the crossing.
On the Palestinian side of the Erez crossing, Abu Kmail’s family and his seven children gathered again to welcome him for the third day.
After long hours of waiting, Abu Kmail was not allowed to enter Gaza due to a “financial bond” she must pay.
“Playing with the feelings of your children”
Desperate, Hazem Abu Kamil, 50, Nisreen’s husband expressed to Al Jazeera his deep anger at the behavior of the Israeli authorities with his wife.
“At first the Israeli side said that they could not enter because they have the Israeli ID card, then we were informed that they had obtained the permit, but that they had to sign a pledge prohibiting them from leave Gaza for two years.
“This morning, my wife was again informed that she was allowed to enter, but upon arriving at the crossing point, she found out that she had to pay a deposit of around NIS 4000 to allow her to enter. ” He added.
The husband accused the Israeli occupation of “playing with the feelings of his children,” adding that his wife was stranded for the third day this morning.
“We have suffered more these days than what we have seen in the past six years. ” He said.
“My children and I really want to see her. “
“Deep shock and sadness”
Nisreen’s eldest daughter Amira Abu Kmail, 17, broke down in tears upon hearing the news of her mother’s refusal of entry. “We are in deep shock and sadness. “
“My siblings and I have been looking forward to it for six years. It is only a few hours from here and we cannot see it because the Israeli occupation has prevented its entry.
Amira, who looked after her siblings while her mother was away, told Al Jazeera that she was very happy at the start of the day. “I imagined the moment I would hug her. It’s unfair to go through this for the third time.
“My mother spent the last night alone at Erez crossing, waiting for her license. She slept until dark trying to cross, but was not allowed.
Israeli authorities arrested Abu Kmail on October 12, 2015, while on his way to the Beit Hanoun / Erez border post.
According to her family, Abu Kmail was charged with “espionage” for filming the port of Haifa during her last visit in 2014. An Israeli court sentenced her on October 20, 2018, to six years in prison.
Abu Kmail’s accusations are still considered “false” by his family, who called on all organizations to intervene to allow his entry to be reunited with his family in Gaza.