The Israeli Embassy in Ghana has justified the detention of a pregnant Ghanaian woman in their country.
According to the Embassy, the lady, Ms Josephine Kwabiwaa was detained for staying in Israel for close to 7 years without the necessary documentation.
32-year-old Ms Kwabiwaa has been in isolation for four months allegedly, after her refusal to get tested for tuberculosis, something prisoners who come from African nations are required to do.
Her reason for the refusal is out of concern that radiation could affect her pregnancy, an Isreali News portal, haaretz.com has reported.
A picture of Josephine Kwabiwaa obtained from haaretz.com
The detention is in violation of the World Medical Association and the United Nations’ directive which says holding a pregnant woman in isolation could severely hurt their physical and mental health and potentially harm the fetus.
The issue has since sparked some criticisms against Israeli authorities with many, including Minority Chief whip Muntaka Mubarak calling for the country’s Ambassador to Ghana to be summoned over the allegation.
Another legislator, Ras Mubarak, says the treatment being meted out to the young pregnant lady, if true, is the worst form of inhuman treatment any vulnerable person could be subjected to.
He called on the Ghanaian Ambassador to Israel, Mrs Hannah Ama Nyarko, to with immediate effect, visit the said woman and aid her immediate release.
But according to the Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Shani Cooper-Zubaida, the lady in question will be deported soon after the Israeli authorities finish with the processes required for the deportation of illegal immigrants.
“Ms Josephine Kwabiwaa is a Ghanaian citizen who has been illegally living in Israel since March 2013. The notice of her illegal stay in Israel reached the Israeli authorities who have been working accordingly with the Embassy of Ghana in Israel to send her back to Ghana.”
She added, “Israel and Ghana are working in co-operation and coordination to attend to the few Ghanaian citizens who are staying illegally in Israel.”