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#SaveIsraa: Palestinian re-launch social media campaign calling to free Israa from Israeli Jails

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Palestinians have re-launched a social media campaign calling to release Palestinian prisoner Israa Jaabis from Israeli jails as she requires urgent medical care.

Israa Jaabis, who on July 22 became 37 years old, was arrested in October 2015 by Israeli occupation authorities, who accused her falsely of attempting to detonate a bomb in order to harm Israeli forces in front of al-Zayyim checkpoint in Jerusalem.

However, Jaabis and her family have said that she was in the process of moving house to retain her Jerusalem residency when a faulty cylinder of cooking gas burst into flames 500 metres from the checkpoint.

Jaabis, who has a 14-year-old son, was severely injured in the blaze, with 65 percent of her body burned, including major wounds on her face and hands.

After she was arrested, she was taken to Hadassah Medical Centre where eight of her fingers were amputated.

In 2017, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison by the central court in Jerusalem on charges of attempted murder.

She cannot lift her hands up all the way because her underarm skin is stuck together.

Her right ear is almost nonexistent and in a constant state of inflammation.

And her nose has a gaping hole on one side; she breathes mostly through her mouth.

She also suffers from nervous breakdowns, shock, and severe psychological crises.

Before the accident, Jaabis was working at a nursing home, volunteering her time at charities and schools, and dressing up as a clown to entertain the children at a hospital in the occupied Jerusalem.

Jaabis needs at least eight surgeries, including a skin graft around her right eye and facial reconstruction.

Israeli occupation provides her with an ointment for burns, which she uses up within three days, and painkillers.

The social media hashtags #SaveIsraa aims to raise awareness and pressure the Israeli authorities to release her to get the required medical treatment.

“I cannot put burn dressing [on] as I find it hard to put it [on] myself,” she is quoted as saying in a letter she sent to her sister and lawyer that is being distributed on social media as part of the campaign to free her.

“I have dry eyes and I feel severe pain whenever I’m exposed to air or whenever I wash my eyes with water. My eyes need urgent treatment but no one listens.”

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