The Israeli occupation military issued an order extending the arbitrary administrative detention of Palestinian parliamentarian and national leaderÂ Khalida JarrarÂ for an additional six months on Wednesday, 27 December 2017, four days before herÂ detention was to expire. Jarrar was seized by occupation soldiers who invaded her home in El-Bireh on 2 July 2017.Â A well-known Palestinian leader, Jarrar is a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, head of its Prisonersâ€™ Committee and Vice-Chair of the Board ofÂ Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.
Jarrar is one ofÂ 11 Palestinian parliamentariansÂ imprisoned by the Israeli occupation, most of them jailed â€“ like her â€“ without charge or trial under administrative detention. She is one of three Palestinian women currently held in administrative detention, along withÂ Khadija Rubaâ€™iÂ and journalistÂ Bushra al-Tawil. There are a total of over 450 Palestinians imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention and over 6,100 total Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.
Administrative detention is an artifact of the British colonial mandate over Palestine that allows the Israeli military to arbitrarily imprison Palestinians with no charge and no trial. It is frequently used to target community leaders like Jarrar, and its widespread and systematic use stands in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Protests and statements from around the world, including from political parties and the South African government, have urged Jarrarâ€™s immediate release. She has been subject to repeated and ongoing attacks by the Israeli occupation, includingÂ the attempt to forcibly displace her to Jericho from her Ramallah home in 2014, followed by her arrest and imprisonment in 2015. She was also ordered toÂ six months in administrative detentionÂ then; however, following an international outcry, the administrative detention order against her was cancelled and she was instead ordered to the no less unjust Israeli military courts, sentenced on political charges and jailed until June 2016.
This latest renewal of Jarrarâ€™s administrative detention comes hand in hand with the detention of over 500 Palestinians since the imperial Trump declaration by U.S. President Donald Trump purporting to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The mass arrests, including the targeting of youth activistÂ Ahed TamimiÂ and former long-term hunger strikerÂ Khader Adnan, are an attempt to suppress the Palestinian peopleâ€™s resistance to injustice and emerging uprising. This is part and parcel of an Israeli strategy that aims to deny the Palestinian people their active, principled leadership at a critical time of mobilization.
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