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Since his arrest in 2002, Um Abdullah Amal has not left her prisoner husband, Abbas al-Sayed, despite his sentence of 35 life imprisonment and an additional 100 years, as are the mothers and wives of prisoners and their families.
With every talk of a new prisoner exchange, Umm Abdullah muster all her strength to increase her patience. Without this method, the dream will not come true, and she will not see her husband free in her hands. The occupation refuses to release the prisoners of high judgments and “their hands are stained with the blood of Israelis!”, according to the description of the occupation.
And since she became the prisoner’s wife; Umm Abdullah feels that she is in a situation where there is no room for stability, as the life of the resistance is suspended, either with martyrdom or arrest, and between them is a chase fraught with danger from all sides, such as the eight months that Abu Abdullah spent before his arrest as a chaser, “at which point the Israeli government put him on the assassination list.”
With the announcement of the “Wafa Al-Ahra” prisoner exchange deal (the Shalit deal) in 2011, Umm Abdullah lived with great and lonely hope of seeing her husband liberated after “great assurances”, she says, but the dream quickly evaporated after the occupation refused to release him, to reflect negatively on her and her children who Their mental state worsened.
And this hope – which Umm Abdullah did not want to cling to for a decade when there was talk about capturing Israeli soldiers so that it would not be “shattered” again – was resurrected and strengthened after the last talk of Marwan Issa, deputy chief of staff of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) about the truth of the matter. A close deal, and she says, “His talk reassured me, and hope became certain after he was a wayfarer.”
Issa said that they have bargaining chips to accomplish an “honorable exchange deal”, and that this file is on the Qassam leadership’s table, and that they will not waste any more time looking at the suffering of the prisoners and their families and the extent of the Zionist crime against them.
Four days after her husband’s arrest, the Israeli interrogator summoned her to undermine her and her husband’s resolve, telling her that his sentence would be high (35 life imprisonment) and that she would not see him outside the prison bars. She replied, “You, as occupiers, will not stay that long in our country.”
setback after hope
The Shalit deal made a significant difference for the family of the prisoner Al-Sayed, as they received assurances from senior leaders confirming that the “prisoners of life imprisonment” were at the top of the list, and accordingly, Umm Abdullah’s friends arranged a farewell party for her, but the occupation was intransigent and the dream fell upon them.
Umm Abdullah – in her account of Al-Jazeera Net – says that she has always believed that the prison door will not be closed to anyone, which is what her husband tells the prisoners who spend a few years that he will be liberated before them, and despite all the news about a new deal, she does not “exaggerate optimism and favor moderation even Don’t be shocked and relapsed.”
Among them, the wives of the prisoners – like Umm Abdullah – communicate whenever they hear any news of a deal here and there, so they start planning and preparing for the release mechanism and method. Group visits and sessions exist between them, as well as social communication with its various tools.
Umm Abdullah bore the burdens of raising and raising children and the forced absence of the husband at a time when her children were in dire need of their father. She is like any woman who marries a captive and realizes that his path is full of thorns and difficulties to the extent that she feels that she is a “woman of steel” and not a woman who lives feelings of joy, sadness and longing and seeks affection and tenderness.
And she is required – says Umm Abdullah – to support her husband with kind words and patience, and not to increase their anxiety while he has nothing in control of him. .
According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Israel detains 544 prisoners of life in its prisons, the highest of whom is the prisoner Abdullah Al-Barghouti, who is serving a life sentence 67 times.
If the families of the prisoners of life and high sentences do not see anything but “deals” as an opportunity to release their children, they are very cautious even in the transmission of news; For their psychological condition on the one hand and the fluctuation of the occupation’s mood and opinion on the other.
Umm Abdullah puts herself and her children in front of difficult choices if the occupation stipulates the release of her husband, such as deportation from his homeland and his family, or deporting them with him and abandoning the home and homeland, and says that this remains “lesser than conquering prisons.”
talk through pictures
In her house in the southern neighborhood of the city of Tulkarm, Umm Abdullah does not leave an empty corner in it unless she puts a picture of her captive husband; In the bedroom, the guests, and the hall, and he spoke to her every morning and evening, “in a language that only me and that picture can understand,” she tells Al Jazeera Net.
On various occasions, such as the month of Ramadan, Umm Abdullah keeps a chair for her husband to keep him present among them, and the house in the southern neighborhood of Tulkarm is still addressed by its name to every pilgrim and to every journalist or taxi driver when he comes to inquire.
This is the case of Aman Nafeh, the wife of the prisoner Nael Barghouti, the dean of Palestinian prisoners who has reached 4 decades in detention. She supports him with all her strength and composure, and makes her voice and her Facebook page a way to support him and convey his news, colleagues and hopes related to the exchange deal.
With every piece of information published on her personal Facebook page, Umm Abdullah puts her main picture of her captive husband while he is handcuffed, but with his face she reads the message of the victor who is proud of his struggle and is not relapsed as the occupation wants, and made her page a platform for exchanging news of the deal and the prisoners and victory for them.