Erina Sarahna, a 27-year-old Croatian detainee and a wife of a Palestinian from Deheishe refugee camp in Bethlehem, rejected a military order to deport her from Palestine.

Prison Administration at Al Ramleh detention facility demanded Sarahna to deposit a sum of 3000NIS, which will be used by the Israeli authorities to buy Sarahna a flying ticket in preparation to deport her. 

Sarahna was arrested along with her Husband, Ibrahim, in May, 28, 2002 while they were at a hotel in Tel Aviv.

Ibrahim was sentenced to six life-terms after the prosecution charged him of membership of Al Aqsa Brigades, the military wing of Fateh movement, and transferring bombers to Israel.

Three months ago, Israeli prison authorities decided to deport Sarahna and informed her that she will deported in a three months period. After the three months were over, and Sarahna remained in detention, the administration renewed the deportation order against her.

September 12, 2005, an Israeli court decided that Sarahna should remain in the country until the court reaches a final decision; the current decision to deport her was made by the Israeli Prison Authorities and violates the decision of the court.

Sarahna said that she rejects the deportation order, and that she will remain in Palestine even if this means that she will remain imprisoned.  

Sarahna was supposed to be released on September 27, 2005 after serving her sentence, but the court decided to keep her in detention in preparation to deport her.

Arab member of Knesset Abdul-Malik Dahamshe contacted the Israeli Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz, and demanded him to allow Sarahna to remain with her family in Bethlehem after serving her detention period.

Sarahna is a mother of a 3-year-old baby girl, her husband is currently detained in Galboa’ detention facility, the child is currently living with her grandparents in Deheishe refugee camp.

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