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Israel puts feminist Palestinian MP in admin detention

Less than a week after she was arrested by Israeli soldiers, PLC member Khalida Jarrar was placed under administrative detention for six months.

Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian feminist activist and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), will be placed under six months of administrative detention. The order, which was approved by a military court on Sunday, comes less than a week after Jarrar was arrested by Israeli soldiers in her home outside Ramallah.

Administrative detention is detention without charge or trial that is authorized by administrative order rather than by judicial decree.

Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, poses for a photo showing an internal expulsion order given to her by Israeli soldiers who invaded her home in Ramallah in the early hours of August 20, Ramallah, West Bank, August 27, 2014. Jarrar was ordered to go to Jericho within 24 hours, but she refused to sign the paper. She is determined to stay in a protest tent in front of the Palestinian Council in Ramallah until the decision is revoked.

Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, poses for a photo showing an internal expulsion order given to her by Israeli soldiers who invaded her home in Ramallah in the early hours of August 20, Ramallah, West Bank, August 27, 2014. (Activestills.org)

After six months, the military will be able to extend her detention as many times as it deems fit. Under administrative detention, Jarrar is neither indicted nor sentenced by a court. In effect, she is being indefinitely detained without the ability to defend herself against non-existent charges.

The IDF Spokesperson told Ma’an News Agency that Jarrar, who is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), is involved in terror activity, and that her arrest is also connected to her refusal to comply with an internal expulsion order that forced her to move to Jericho in August.

According to Addameer, a Palestinian NGO that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons, Khalida’s attorney, Mahmoud Hassan, visited her in Hasharon Prison. Hassan reported that she is in good health and is taking her medicine regularly.

According to the Alternative Information Center, Jarrar is joining 16 other members of the PLC who are currently serving time in Israeli prisons, which means that more than 10 percent of Palestinian lawmakers are currently in Israeli prisons. Nine of those members — including Hamas member Aziz Dweik — are in administrative detention, and have not stood trial nor been sentenced. The PLC is comprised of 132 members who were elected in the last democratic elections held in the PA in 2006.

A previous version of this article stated that Jarrar was ordered to four months of administrative detention. The order was for six months.

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    1. Sheikh Yahudi

      If you are genuinely concerned with the rights of the so called Palestinians, why don’t you dedicate attention to what is going on in Syria. Currently, as we speak a so called refugee camp in Syria is being taken over by the Islamic State. There is a good probability that those people will have to live through genuine atrocities as opposed to anything Israel is accused of. Where are the demonstrations? Where are the calls for boycotts? Are “Palestinians” in Israel so much less valuable than the “Palestinians” in Syria? As I have said before I have a nagging suspicion the concern for the “Palestinian” rights is highly selective and has a lot more to do with the identity of the alleged oppressors as opposed to the alleged mistreatment.

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      • Sheikh Yahudi

        Correction: I meant to say “Are “Palestinians” in Israel so much more valuable than the “Palestinians” in Syria?”

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      • Weiss

        The problem with your argument is the fact that Israel caused the Palestinian refugee crisis in the first place by their deliberate expulsion…

        This lays the blame squarely at Israel’s feet.

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        • Sheikh Yahudi

          Brilliant logic. In fact, this type of thinking is extremely common on your political side of the isle. Whatever happens to the “Palestinians” is the J… ahem, Zionists’ fault. Whatever atrocities the “Palestinians” perpetrate are always Zionists’ fault. The Islamic State, Al Qaeda, Assad’s goons bear no responsibility for their actions whatsoever. It is all because of the cosmic crime of expulsion that these delightful people supposedly suffered. Never mind the fact that it has been several generations since the “expulsion” took place. Never mind the fact that the overwhelming majority of the residents of the “camp” have never seen an Israeli soldier. “The blame” is “squarely at Israel’s feet”. But this hopelessly flawed assertion begs the following question: What about the events that preceded the alleged expulsion? The nascent State of Israel was attacked by five Arab states whose leaders openly declared the intent to throw Israel into the sea. The war which was initiated by the Arabs resulted in the mass exodus of Arab residents. Don’t the Arabs haven ANY responsibility for what had happened?

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      • No, Palestinians in Israel are not more ‘valuable’ than their brethren in Syria or elsewhere. What differs are the circumstances under which they suffer.

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        • Sheikh Yahudi

          Pray tell, what are the circumstances that warrant such an excessive amount of attention?

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          • There is no ‘excessive amount’ of attention to either case. However, Yarmouk gets appropriate attention in the western media, contrary to what Israel does to Jarrar. The weight of headlines depends on the supply of blood more than anything.

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      • susy

        Sheikh, in Syria is taking place a civil war (with external influences) and no EU state finances the Assad regime or Jabhat al-Nusra&co. In the Palestinian territories is taking place a military occupation since 50 years and this is made by a country fully funded by US&EU that, contrary to the other “occupied territories” int he world, wants to keep exploiting the local natural resources without taking any responsability for the local occupied population. Hope it’s clearer.

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        • Sheikh Yahudi

          Nope, it’s not clear at all. I am not sure it’s that clear to you either. If you are genuinely concerned about suffering, shouldn’t you focus on people who suffer the most?

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      • Jessie


        One person can only do so much. The reason she wants to help out her Palestinian sisters in Palestine is because she is from PALESTINE! Why would she travel to Syria to do this when the people in Palestine need her help? Why do you put “Palestine” in quotes?

        I’m curious…

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      • Bryan

        SH “If you are genuinely concerned with the rights of the so called Palestinians, why don’t you dedicate attention to what is going on in Syria.” One of your problems may be the myopia induced by your political creed of Zionism, whose sole focus is on the safety / security / supremacy of a small group of Jewish immigrants to Palestine. Why can we not have multiple focii – the well-being of Jews inside and outside Palestine and of Palestinians inside and outside of Palestine (as well as other peoples)? There are of course many intractable problems but that of the kidnapping and detention without trial of Palestinian dissidents within their own land may be one of the easiest to resolve – since Israel is a sophisticated humane society, deeply committed to justice and the rule of law, but more importantly, is utterly dependent for its survival on the goodwill of the Western world. So we have traction to resolve the one problem at least. Why not pick the low-hanging fruit first, and then we can get out our ladders and cherry-pickers and tackle more distant problems. Seems to me that when your response to an article highlighting a specific problem is to change the subject to something else you are just using the classic “Computer says No” response of a lazy and disinterested “jobs-worth”, who could more honestly say “No I am very happy with the status quo as it is”.

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    2. mike kaye


      Why are they jailing this woman? What did she do? Why to Israelis kill a Palestinian kid a day? They arrest a Palestinian child for throwing a stone, but illegal Israeli settlers can chop down a bunch of olive trees and not get arrested? That is illegal in america.

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    3. Raouf Qutteineh

      I thought they brag about “The only democracy in the Middle East ” rubbish you can fool some people sometimes but you can not fool all The people all the time..got it…good.

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    4. Joel Cantor

      Is this woman a feminist?
      Has she spoken against Polygamy, Honor killings and Gay-beheadings?
      because these occur inside the PLO terror mini-state in the West Bank.

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      • Pedro X

        Jarrar is a leader of a terrorist Palestinian faction, PFLP, that has taken part in killing Israelis. She was arrested for encouraging terrorism. Maan news reports:

        “An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an that Jarrar was detained for being the leader of a “terrorist organization,” and had encouraged “terror activities” over the last few weeks.”

        Maan also pointed out the arrest was done in coordination with the PA security services:

        “Following the initial detention order in August, prisoner rights groups Addameer noted that a raid of Jarrar’s home pointed to the fact that the Palestinian Authority was complicit in her arrest, as any raid on areas in Area A — the approximately 20 percent of the West Bank technically under full Palestinian control as a result of the Oslo Accords — had to be taken with their coordination.”

        So the PA also considered her a terrorist threat. Yet 972mag considers every Palestinian woman a feminist.

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        • No Palestinian security involvement — “The leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organisation has voted to suspend all security co-operation with Israel, insisting that Israel – as occupying power – should assume all responsibilities for the Palestinian territories under international law. A statement issued by the PLO’s central committee on Thursday night announced it was calling for the suspension of ‘all forms of security coordination given Israel’s systematic and ongoing non-compliance with its obligations under signed agreements, including its daily military raids throughout the State of Palestine, attacks against our civilians and properties’.” [Guardian 150405]

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          • Read: [Guardian 150305]

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          • Pedro X

            The funny thing is that the Palestinians just increased their security coordination with Israel. Palestinians are now doing security patrols in Palestinian villages near Jerusalem.


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          • Ben

            Interesting. Increased Palestinian control near Jerusalem. In areas previously under Israeli control. Breaches status quo since 1993. Not sure why you see this as funny. And those turrurists just keep cooperating with Israel in keeping people safe. And showing they can be relied on to make a two state solution (based on the API and other similar initiatives) work. Disappointing huh? What’s a right winger to do?

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