Mahmoud Hassan, lawyer with Addameer
and director of its Legal Unit, reported that a military court session at Ofer
will confirm the order on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Jarrar is the former
Executive Director of Addameer and Vice President of its Board of Directors, as
well as the chair of the Palestinian Legislative Council Prisoners’ Committee
and a member of the Palestinian national follow-up committee for the
International Criminal Court.
In response to the order, Addameer
noted that the use of administrative detention by the Israeli occupation is
illegal and arbitrary detention and amounts to a war crime, “willfully
depriving a prisoner of war or other protected person of their right to a fair
and regular trial.” It urged the international community to work hard to end
arbitrary administrative detention and free all Palestinian prisoners in
Hassan said further that he visited
Jarrar this morning in HaSharon prison, that she is in good health and taking
her prescribed medication, but that she needs ongoing health care. She is now
one of nine members of the Palestinian Legislative Council held without
charge or trial under administrative detention orders.
detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial and on
the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, indefinitely
renewable by Israeli military courts. The use of administrative detention dates from the “emergency laws”
of the British colonial era in Palestine. Israel’s use of administrative
detention violates international law; such detention is allowed only in
individual circumstances that are exceptionally compelling for “imperative
reasons of security.” In Palestine, however, Israel uses administrative
detention routinely as a form of collective punishment and mass detention of
Palestinians, and frequently uses administrative detention when it fails to
obtain confessions in interrogations of Palestinian detainees.
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Jarrar is a long-time Palestinian
political prisoners’ advocate, former executive director of Addameer Prisoner Support and
Human Rights Association and a member of its board; she chairs the
Prisoners’ Committee of the Palestinian Legislative Council. She is also
active in the Palestinian women’s movement, a feminist and prominent voice for
the defense and expansion of women’s rights.
Jarrar has been a visible and
prominent participant in the West Bank demonstrations in support of
Palestinians in Gaza, denouncing the occupation military’s killing of over
Since 1998, she has been forbidden to
travel outside occupied Palestine; when she needed medical treatment in Jordan
in 2010, she struggled for months in a public campaign before finally receiving
Thousands of organizations and individuals from around the world took
action in August-September 2014, declaring that they stand with Khalida Jarrar
and demanding the cancellation of the “special supervision order” forcibly
transferring her from Ramallah to Jericho. Jarrar refused expulsion
to Jericho. Instead, she has set up a protest tent in the Palestinian
Legislative Council courtyard in Ramallah, where she lived and worke until
the order was lifted on September 16, 2014. “It is the occupation who must
leave our homeland,” said Jarrar. The tent was visited by numerous Palestinian
and international delegations, including international members of Parliament.
There are now 16 members of the
elected Palestinian Legislative Council imprisoned by Israel, 9 under
administrative detention without trial or charge. PLC members have been
repeatedly and systematically targeted by Israeli occupation forces.
Khalida Jarrar detained after violating injunction restricting her movement in
the West Bank
Israel arrested a Palestinian lawmaker from a left-wing
terrorist group on Thursday for disobeying an order restricting her
movement in the West Bank.
The IDF said it arrested Khalida Jarrar, a senior
political leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, early
Thursday in the West Bank city of Ramallah due to “substantial concerns about
the safety and security of the region.”
The PFLP organization has been behind a number of
attacks on Israeli civilians over a period of some 40 years.
As recently as November of last year, it took
responsibility for a terror attack in which five people were shot and hacked to
death with meat cleavers in a bloody assault on a Jerusalem synagogue.
Last year, the military confined Jarrar’s movement to
the city of Jericho and its surroundings.
The army said the restraining order was based on her
“incitement and involvement in terror.”
Her husband, Ghassan Jarrar, said she was arrested
in their Ramallah home.
She had long flaunted the Israeli ban.
The military said it was questioning her but has not yet
decided whether to press charges.
Soldiers confiscated two computers and a mobile phone
from the premises, according to Palestinian media reports.
The Palestine Liberation Organization denounced the move
and called Jarrar’s detention “illegal” on social media.
Jarrar was heavily involved in cementing the Palestinian
Authority’s bid to join the International Criminal Court bid, a PLO