‘She speaks the truth:’ Palestinian leftist parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar arrested in early-morning Israeli raid

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Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar was arrested by Israeli soldiers in the early-morning hours of April 2 from her Ramallah home, reported her family. Jarrar is a prominent Palestinian leftist, an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, a member of the Board of Directors of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and its former executive director.

In today’s early-morning raid, around 30 armed Israeli soldiers entered Jarrar’s home at approximately 1:15 am, confining her husband, Ghassan, to the spare bedroom, interrogating her, searching the home, and confiscating two computers while arresting Jarrar. “My mother always speaks the truth to power. She is a woman and a loved leader. That is why they went after her,” said Yafa Jarrar, one of Khalida’s daughters and a Palestinian activist, early on Thursday. “This occupation is vicious and their track record shows that anyone who speaks out against their aggression is a target.”

A leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Jarrar has been repeatedly targeted for harassment and repression by Israeli forces; in August of last year, the Israeli military court at Ofer issued a “Special Supervision Order,” attempting to forcibly transfer Jarrar to the city of Jericho from her hometown of Ramallah. Rejecting the order, saying that “it is the occupation who must leave our homeland,” Jarrar set up a protest tent outside the PLC office in Ramallah, living and working from the tent, which was visited by numerous Palestinian and international delegations.

Thousands of organizations and individuals from around the world joined the campaign to cancel the expulsion order, including Members of European Parliament Matt Carthy, Marie-Christine Vergiat, Miguel Viegas and Gabriele Zimmer. On September 16, 2014, the order was nullified after it was modified to a 30-day period from its original six-month duration. Such forced transfer orders violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits forced transfer of people under occupation from one area of occupied territory to another.

“My mother is an influential leader, feminist and activist. She speaks strongly and loudly against colonization and oppression. Her arrest is a reflection of Israel’s ongoing tactics to attack freedom of speech and silence those who speak freely against occupation and apartheid,” said Suha Jarrar, another of Khalida’s daughters and a Palestinian researcher and social justice activist.

Jarrar is particularly known for her work in defense of Palestinian prisoners: in addition to her long-time work at Addameer, a major Palestinian non-governmental organization that provides direct legal support and representation to Palestinian prisoners as well as advocacy and organizing, she chairs the Prisoners’ Committee of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

She has been forbidden since 1998 to travel outside of Palestine; in 2010, she was finally allowed to travel to Jordan to receive critical medical treatment after extensive media coverage and a public campaign. Jarrar is also a prominent feminist and active in the Palestinian women’s movement.

She was elected to the PLC in 2006 on the Abu Ali Mustafa slate; the head of the slate, Ahmad Sa’adat, the PFLP’s General Secretary, is currently serving a 30-year sentence in Israeli prison. Sa’adat, kidnapped from the Palestinian Authority’s Jericho prison where he was held under British and U.S. guard in a 2006 armed attack by the Israeli army, was held in isolation for three years and is currently denied family visits. The imprisonment of Sa’adat in the Palestinian Authority prison from which he was abducted is a key example of “security coordination” between the PA and Israel; Jarrar has been a long-term, outspoken opponent of security coordination, demanding an immediate end to the policy.

In addition to Jarrar, Sa’adat is one of 17 other members of the Palestinian Legislative Council imprisoned in Israeli jails, 9 of them held in administrative detention without charge or trial. Just last month, during Israeli Apartheid Week, Zionist organizations in Belgium attempted to pressure the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels) to cancel Israeli Apartheid Week over a Skype presentation by Jarrar, a move defeated by an organized student campaign.

“She’s a threat because she speaks the truth. This is why she was targeted before, and continues to be targeted now,” says Suha Jarrar. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network has re-launched its Khalida Jarrar Solidarity Campaign, with online actions, factsheets and resources on Jarrar, calling for her immediate release. A facebook page in solidarity with Jarrar has been created; hundreds have already responded to the call for action and organizers pledge to expand the campaign until Jarrar is released.

About Charlotte Kates

Charlotte Kates is the international coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and the coordinator of the International Committee of the National Lawyers Guild. She is also a member of the Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

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  1. just
    April 2, 2015, 9:49 am

    I read about this early this morning and felt sick.

    What is good about Israel? Tell me please.

    All I see is evil.

    Remember this about Israel’s criminal treatment of this wonderful woman, too:

    “Israeli denial of medical treatment[edit]
    See also: Gaza Strip § Healthcare availability
    On 19 July 2010, she was told she needed an urgent brain examination, equipment for which does not exist in the West Bank but, in early September, Israel was still denying her permission to go to Amman for the examination. In September she tried again to cross the border with the same result. Amira Hass, the Haaretz journalist, has written about this extensively.[1]”

    Links to Amira Hass’ articles @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalida_Jarrar

    Thanks, Charlotte.

    I stand with justice, I stand with Palestine, I stand with Khalida Jarrar!
    (there’s a typo~ date is April 2)

    • Kay24
      April 2, 2015, 10:02 am

      There is nothing good about Israel. Yesterday I attended a fantastic discussion at the Princeton University and heard Max Blumenthal, Chris Hedges, and Ronnie Barkan, speak all about the on going crimes against Palestinians, first hand accounts of children being killed, ill treatment of Palestinians, and Ronnie Barkan even explained to us just how much they discriminate non Jews within their neighborhoods. It was utterly disgusting. They also discussed the US media covering up all these crimes. We came away impressed with their presentation, but disgusted that the US, for years, has been complicit in these crimes. We are not an independent nation, free of foreign influence, we are the United States of Israel. Every weapon we hand over to them to turn on civilians, makes us just as guilty as they are. All the aid we keep sending them, into the billions, helps this disgusting occupation go on. You realize how hypocritical the US is, fully knowing what is going on, the land grabs, the killing of unarmed civilians, when you realize it is ALL part of the master plan to pretend we want a 2 SS, and allow the criminals to get away with crimes that you see committed by tyrants, apartheid nations, and rogue states. You realize just how much “controlled” we are by that devious nation, when you listen to these wonderful speakers.

      • just
        April 2, 2015, 10:14 am

        I’m so glad that you were able to participate, Kay24. I wish I could have joined you.

        I guess I really didn’t expect anybody to tell me something “good” about Israel, but lots of people do keep lying about it!

        “special relationship, only democracy in the ME, a western country, best and most valued ally, land of milk and honey, most moral military in the world, most Nobel winners, deliberately avoids civilians, made the desert bloom, doesn’t Occupy Gaza” etc, ad nauseam.

        I’ll wait for someone to toddle along and tell me to put my computer away if I dare say anything different, since Israel made it all possible!

      • Kay24
        April 2, 2015, 11:07 am

        This is almost an abusive relationship. The abusive person keeps telling the abused how indispensable they are, and how much the abused NEEDS them to survive. This is control (we control America and they know it), this is American being “moved” easily. We, the biggest superpower in the world, are on our knees, being manipulated, cheated, and used like dish rags by a small devious nation, that has installed it’s agents in this country, from colleges to the high offices in Congress. What bloody chance do we have? They make sure every policy passed whether in colleges or congress, benefits ONLY them. They make sure Congress people are more loyal than those in the Knesset. This is not exaggerated, these are facts we keep reading about, almost on a daily basis.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 2, 2015, 11:22 am

        it’s not almost an abusive relationship, it IS an abusive relationship!!!

      • MHughes976
        April 2, 2015, 12:17 pm

        But it’s not abusive in the sense that the victim is beaten and humiliated and tells her friends that she deserved to be punished. The victim is made to feel wonderful as the world’s only protector of democracy and bastion against anti-Semitism and incurs no visible cost, only what seems like the muttered threats of a bunch of madmen and the insidious rhetoric of the effete (Euros).
        Humanity ‘cannot bear more than a little reality’ says TS Eliot – which means we all want in some way to be lied to. The most dangerous abuse is what the abused person wants.

      • Kay24
        April 2, 2015, 1:03 pm

        I stand corrected Annie, it IS an abusive relationship. The puppet master jerks us around at his will, and we do what he compels us to, lie for him, protects him, supports him, and knowing fully well we are being used, goes along with the music.

        Hava Nagila anyone? (Indian style)

      • Annie Robbins
        April 2, 2015, 7:36 pm

        kay, where did you ever find that video? i think it may be the best version of that song i have ever heard.

      • Kay24
        April 2, 2015, 9:51 pm

        Annie, an Indian friend posted in on his FB. I thought it was quite good too. Apparently it is from some Indian talent show. The artist is Amrutam Gamaya and it comes from the show Music Mojo.

      • ziusudra
        April 3, 2015, 4:20 am

        Greetings Kay24,
        What we, Euros, Port. Spain, Holland, Britain, France have done in Australia, NZ, So. Africa, parts of Asia, the Americas is only the past of our history. It’s only an extention of what these Euros Zionists are doing in the Levant & ME today. Take it all the way down to the rules & regulations of American Football & you see the reenactment of the conquest of the American West! You can’t expect any of these Euros. to do it any way differently. Wars r us.
        ziusudra

      • DavidDaoud
        April 4, 2015, 10:10 am

        Hi Kay24,
        I just looked and so far YouTube has nothing posted on yesterday’s discussion at Princeton. Later, if you find something would you kindly post it here? Thanks.

        David/Daoud

    • just
      April 2, 2015, 10:04 am

      Charlotte~ thank you for your link to Amira’s article, the other one that she wrote is here:

      “Israel is now punishing Palestinians shamelessly

      What is delaying treatment of a 47-year-old Palestinian woman, if not punishment of someone who opposes her foreign rulers?”

      http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/israel-is-now-punishing-palestinians-shamelessly-1.317415

      • just
        April 2, 2015, 10:30 am

        Thanks for the link to Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network’s ‘Khalida Jarrar Solidarity Campaign”.

        It’s a rich resource, indeed.

        Many thanks for all of your tireless efforts and continued labor for justice, Charlotte.

    • mariapalestina
      April 3, 2015, 12:17 pm

      “What is good about Israel?”

      I’m thinking, I’m thinking….

      • Annie Robbins
        April 3, 2015, 1:51 pm

        there are some wonderful people there.

  2. Annie Robbins
    April 2, 2015, 10:50 am

    thanks for the article charlotte. i read about the order for jarrar to leave to jericho last summer when the iof surrounded her house and she refused to leave. although your aug 2014 supporting link says:

    The activity, however, coincides with an apparent crackdown on PFLP activists, as Israeli forces arrested 12 leaders from the party in the course of Monday night.

    it does not tell why there is/was a crackdown. it says the order was ” based on “secret information” – See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/pflp-activist-refuses-succumb-israeli-expulsion-threats-416981919#sthash.O8Rw9rdc.dpuf

    and it is not explained why the party leader is imprisoned either, other than the claim the plc is a “terrorist organization” and she’s called for an end to negotiations (an “end to talks”), but the negotiations were over last august — unless it is a reference to ceasefire talks wrt the gaza slaughter. and it is thru this despicable collaboration between the pa and israel! it appears this is happening because abbas just wants to stay in power and is arresting members of opposing palestinian political parties. it’s so infuriating!!

    i question, is it because of their support for armed resistance? is courage also a crime in palestine?

    • just
      April 2, 2015, 11:01 am

      Great comment, Annie.

      “i question, is it because of their support for armed resistance? is courage also a crime in palestine?”

      +10!

      • bintbiba
        April 2, 2015, 12:03 pm

        @ Charoltte Kanes ,

        @Just, @Kay24, @annie +1000 !!!

        Thank you all for your unwavering and wonderful support .

      • Annie Robbins
        April 2, 2015, 7:35 pm

        you’re such sweethearts! and thank you!!!

      • gamal
        April 2, 2015, 10:47 pm

        “i question, is it because of their support for armed resistance? is courage also a crime in palestine?”

        Here Julia agrees with you, in this inspiring and clarifying statement, and I along with others here salute you Annie.

        https://youtu.be/-u9uMsWBmLo

      • just
        April 3, 2015, 6:38 am

        Thank you, gamal. Thank you, Annie.

        Thank you, Julia.

        ;((

      • Walid
        April 3, 2015, 11:00 am

        “Thank you, Julia.”(just)

        Julia has been singing the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance for decades. She is of a Lebanese father and a Palestine-born Armenian mother. Her husband, Elias Bou-Saab is the current Minister of Education and Higher Education for Lebanon as well as the Executive V-P of the American University Dubai that he founded. After the 2006, Julia’s concert and recordings raised a million dollars for the families of fallen Hizbullah fighters. She did likewise for Gaza victims last summer.

        Her famous song for Palestinian resistance in which she praises the Palestinian people while criticizing the do-nothing millions of Arabs:

      • just
        April 3, 2015, 2:00 pm

        Merci Walid!

  3. a blah chick
    April 2, 2015, 5:50 pm

    More evidence, in case it was needed, that one state already exists there.

    • bintbiba
      April 3, 2015, 4:12 am

      Apologies for misspelling : Charlotte Kates is the the correct surname.

  4. Bornajoo
    April 2, 2015, 6:30 pm

    “@ Charoltte Kanes ,

    @Just, @Kay24, @annie +1000 !!!

    Thank you all for your unwavering and wonderful support .”

    Please allow me to ditto that!

    “What is good about israel? ”
    Nothing, nada, zilch, GORNISHT, zero, f**k all.

    • Annie Robbins
      April 2, 2015, 7:36 pm

      XXXX big hugs all around.

      • Kay24
        April 2, 2015, 9:58 pm

        I think everyone makes great contributions, but I must mention our dear friend Annie, who keeps us going, and works hard to make this an interesting website. Thank you all. There are times I feel down and depressed, thinking the Palestinian situation is hopeless, and then I read MDW, the comments, and realize there are many here who still hope.

      • ziusudra
        April 3, 2015, 4:34 am

        Re.: Kay24
        Contiguous Palestine & its citizens are de facto sardined & repressed since 67. There is only hope for change.
        I marvel of how easy it was for Pres Obama to whip up this Iran agreement. If the verb Wish were as easy as the verb Do, we would have the land of milk & honey for all in Palestine today. The
        Israeli Governments & the Palestinians cannot do it by themselves.

        ziusudra
        PS Life over Circumstance will prevail presently & Serendiperty will appear to change it all.

      • Walid
        April 3, 2015, 11:19 am
  5. just
    April 3, 2015, 7:24 am

    +1, Kay!

    “On behalf of the PLO Executive Committee, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi st[ro]ngly condemned today’s arrest of Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Member and a member of the political leadership of the PFLP, one of the PLO’s constituent factions, Khalida Jarrar.

    “It is obvious that her arrest is politically motivated and a violation of her parliamentary immunity, and Israel should respect international norms regarding the immunity of elected officials,” Ashrawi said in a statement.

    Currently, there are 18 PLC members who are imprisoned in Israeli prisons, 9 of whom are being held under the extreme and unjust practice of administration detention.

    “We demand the immediate release of Khalida and all imprisoned PLC members,” Ashrawi continued, “and we call on all members that are signatories to the Fourth Geneva Convention to hold Israel accountable for its blatant violations of international law, including the arbitrary arrests of Palestinians and the torture of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, Israel’s continued use of administration detention and solidarity confinement, the ill-treatment of Palestinian men, women, children, and elderly, and the constant prevention of visitations by family members. Israel is not above the law, and it must not be given carte blanche to dehumanize the Palestinian people and systematically devalue their basic rights and lives.””

    http://english.pnn.ps/index.php/politics/9457-iof-kidnap-mp-khalida-jarrar-after-raiding-her-home

    ~and~

    “(MENAFN – Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Arab League strongly condemned Thursday the arrest of Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council Khalida Jarrar by Israeli security forces from her house in Ramallah earlier.

    “Arresting Palestinian MPs is an illegitimate measure by the Israeli government, which aims at terrorizing Palestinian citizens around the clock,” Ambassador Mohammad Sabih, League’s Assistant Secretary General for Palestinian Affairs, said in a press statement.

    The Arab League condemns such acts against Palestinian lawmakers, which surpassed in its cruelty and brutality the racial political regime in South Africa against citizens, Sabih said, calling the international community, human rights organizations, international parliament, and all parliaments around the world to intervene immediately for Jarrar’s release.”

    http://www.menafn.com/1094149581/Arab-League-condemns-Israeli-arrest-of-Palestinian-MP

    Stop with your ‘press statements’, Arab League~ DO something!

    • Walid
      April 3, 2015, 11:20 am

      “We demand the immediate release of Khalida and all imprisoned PLC members,” Ashrawi continued, “and we call on all members that are signatories to the Fourth Geneva Convention to hold Israel accountable for its blatant violations of international law, including the arbitrary arrests of Palestinians and the torture of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails…” (H. Ashrawi)

      Just, as usual, she makes great statements and is very vocal especially on American TV, but that’s about it. She is a senior member of the PA executive that goes back to the days of Arafat, an elitist and an academic that doesn’t go beyond making statements and part of the current problem of the ruderless Palestinian people that are going around in circles.

  6. Kay24
    April 3, 2015, 7:32 am

    Mika and Joe had Lyin” Regev on their show. I did not hear anyone ask him what alternative plan Bibi had to avoid a war with Iran. It was consistence blah blah about what a BAD deal this was, and the hasbara about Iran threatening (poor helpless Israel). You realize how spineless the media is when they do not question these war mongers, and ask them directly what Bibi proposes instead of the deal agreed to not only by the US but 5 other nations too, and that we have had it up to here with Israel thumping it’s chest only wanting war.
    Is it that hard to be a real journalist in the US? The US media seems to be coy when it comes to questioning Israel’s propaganda, motives, and refuses to ask basic questions.

  7. NickJOCW
    April 3, 2015, 7:40 am

    There are some suggestions what we could do here: http://samidoun.net/2015/04/breaking-news-palestinian-leader-parliamentarian-khalida-jarrar-arrested-by-israeli-occupation-forces/

    a propos Iran deal…

    A final deal “based on this framework would threaten the survival of Israel,” Mark Regev, a spokesman for Netanyahu, quoted the Israeli premier as telling US President Barack Obama in a phone conversation.

    An increasing number might view that as another good reason to get on with it.

  8. CigarGod
    April 3, 2015, 9:30 am

    OT, but just watched “Omar”. Just seemed appropriate to mention this film, given the conversation.

    • just
      April 4, 2015, 7:26 am

      Did you like the movie, CG?
      ———-
      In other news about Occupation Israel’s disrespect for the Palestinians~ any Palestinian:

      “The archbishop of the Sebastian Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna addressed pilgrim crowds celebrating Lazarus Saturday in the al-Eizariya saying, “your being here in Jerusalem makes celebrating Easter special, and shows the importance of this holy city to Christians of the world.”

      Archbishop Hanna added that “Palestinian Christians welcome these pilgrims” and that they are “proud to be living in the holy land of Palestine.”

      “We hope that all Christian churches of the world would look upon Palestine and the suffering of its residents, as the city of peace is as far as possible from being in peace due to unjust actions towards its people,” Hanna said.

      Hanna also called upon people to pray for Jerusalem and Palestinians.

      Orthodox Christians mark Palm Sunday this Sunday, Holy Saturday on April 11 as next Sunday marks Easter.

      Jewish groups also began the week-long Pesach (Passover) holiday on Friday at sundown, causing dozens of elderly Palestinians in Gaza to postpone plans to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound due to Israeli restrictions on the area that arose after right-wing Israeli’s called for its evacuation.

      …Concerns deepened from Palestinian Christians hoping to freely observe their religious traditions this Holy Week, as already Palm Sunday celebrations in Beit Jala were brought to an abrupt end on Sunday when Israeli troops raided the majority-Christian town near Bethlehem and began threatening locals.

      Palestinian policemen on duty near the celebrations were threatened by Israeli soldiers with arrest during the raid, which took place in the middle of the day as Sunday mass was coming to an end in local churches.

      Sunday’s events quickly reminded Christian Palestinians of the chaos that ensued last Easter due to Israeli restrictions preventing thousands of Christian Palestinians from traveling to Jerusalem.

      Israeli authorities have in the past come under sharp criticism for the violation of religious freedom of Palestinian Christians, who number around 200,000, including 50,000 in the West Bank, 1,000 in Gaza, and the rest inside Israel.

      …Each Easter, checkpoints are erected “at the Gates and in the alley, thus preventing the worshipers from free access to the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the vicinity of the Christian Quarter.”

      A report published by the US State Department in 2012 made similar observations, stating: “Strict closures and curfews imposed by the Israeli government negatively affected residents’ ability to practice their religion at holy sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, as well as the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.”

      It added: “The separation barrier significantly impeded Bethlehem-area Christians from reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and made visits to Christian sites in Bethany (al-Eizariya) and Bethlehem difficult for Palestinian Christians who live on the Jerusalem side of the barrier.””

      http://www.maannews.com/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=760284

      • CigarGod
        April 4, 2015, 10:25 am

        Yes, I did, Just. It’s all I could think about as I read this post of raids and restrictions. I’m seldom at a loss for words…but that film and your post…have left me in deep thought. Mostly, thinking about what I would do if I was imprisoned in that hell of a situation…and the majority of the western world either did nothing…or contributed to it.

      • just
        April 4, 2015, 10:43 am

        It’s unfathomable for many of us as to how the Palestinians endure this filthy Occupation, but it is a testament to their resilience and to the justness/rightness of their cause for freedom and justice on and in their OWN land.

        I’ve been following the latest grand hoax perpetrated on the Palestinian people by two Israelis~ one of whom is an IOF’er. It is obvious that increased terrorism was practiced by many branches of the Occupation forces on Palestinians, but up until today I read only of the initial claim of “kidnapping by Palestinians”, the discovery of the hoax, and the Israeli ire at the waste of time and money expended by the IOF, etc. Nothing about the terrorized Palestinians.

        “Case of missing Israeli man revealed as a lovesick hoax after West Bank hunt”

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/03/israel-lovesick-kidnap-hoax-west-bank-hunt#comment-49927667

        What is especially sickening is that Palestinians actually get kidnapped every single day, but there are no screaming headlines/breaking news alerts in the MSM.

        None.

      • CigarGod
        April 4, 2015, 10:49 pm

        Well, they control the information manufacture and it’s distribution. You know those ghastly zombie films? I think it is real.

  9. Mayhem
    April 4, 2015, 9:20 pm

    The IDF said it had arrested Khalida Jarrar, a senior political leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) 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. 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.” Jarrar had persistently flaunted the Israeli ban.

    As recently as November of last year the PFLP 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.

    Sounds like Jarrar might have earned herself a prison sentence.

  10. lonely rico
    April 6, 2015, 1:18 am

    >Mayhem
    Sounds like Jarrar might have earned herself a prison sentence.

    IMEMC News April 6 –
    “An Israeli military court held a hearing, Sunday, to discuss the file of detained leftist Legislator Khaleda Jarrar, and sentenced her to four months under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders,
    without charges.” !?

    If she was involved in incitement and involvement in terror, why didn’t they charge her ?

    Your glib distasteful “might have earned herself a prison sentence” Mr. Mayhem, is a reflection of the ugliness which is Israel.

    • Annie Robbins
      April 6, 2015, 12:28 pm

      everyone knows in the apartheid state palestinians don’t need to earn imprisonment, it’s at the whim of the occupying power if they deem it to be.

  11. just
    April 6, 2015, 9:56 am

    “Without hearing, IDF orders Palestinian lawmaker’s 6-month detention
    Palestinian officials question timing of arrest of Khalida Jarrar, part of a group monitoring ties to ICC in The Hague, after PA joined the court last week.

    Israel Defense Forces Central Command chief Maj. Gen. Roni Numa has ordered the six-month administrative detention of Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian parliament. She was arrested last Thursday at home in the town of El Bireh, near Ramallah. Numa signed the order without citing any formal charges against Jarrar and without any hearing.

    Jarrar’s lawyer, Mahmoud Hassan, told Haaretz that the order was signed on the day of her arrest, April 2, implying that it was prepared in advance. She will be brought before a military judge at the Ofer base on Wednesday, according to routine procedures. Her lawyers will ask for the detention period to be detained.

    According to Kaddoura Fares, head of an organization that looks after the welfare of Palestinian prisoners, Jarrar is a member of a Palestinian national committee that monitors procedures connected to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The timing of her arrest, just after the Palestinian Authority has joined the ICC, attests to what Fares calls persecution and vengefulness on Israel’s part. Indeed, the claim by attorney Hassan that the detention order was signed upon her arrest is seen by some as supporting that perception.

    MK Aida Touma-Suliman (Joint List) condemned the detention order on Sunday. “This is just one more wrongdoing committed by the occupation. The denial of freedom to an entire people, including members of parliament, was carried out of all days on the day on which Jews celebrate their Exodus from slavery to freedom,” she said.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.650701?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Dirty, rotten, military Occupation.

    @ Mayhem: “Sounds like Jarrar might have earned herself a prison sentence.”

    ‘Sounds’ more like you support the Occupation forces and GoI, no matter how WRONG they are. This ‘sounds like’ just another war crime by Israel.

    • CigarGod
      April 6, 2015, 10:05 am

      Convenient, isn’t it…that the IOF operates as the militant arm of “the most vibrant democracy” in the M.E…not held to any democratic principles…and ignoring any international ones they choose.

      • just
        April 6, 2015, 9:51 pm

        ‘Convenient’ is a nicer word than the one I’m thinking, CG!

        “Israel is punishing Palestinian activist through vindictive administrative detention

        If Khalida Jarrar broke the law, Israel must put her on trial and prove she committed a crime. If, on the other hand, the reason for her detention is revenge, she must be released immediately.”

        http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.650809?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      • CigarGod
        April 6, 2015, 9:58 pm

        No fair justice system = no democracy in Israel. Puts them right down there with Iran.

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