Israel sentences Khalida Jarrar to six months in prison

Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian Legislative Council member, sentenced to administrative detention without trial or charge.

At least 13 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails [AP]

An Israeli military court has sentenced Palestinian politician and human rights activist Khalida Jarrar to six months of administrative detention.

The ruling on Wednesday came after Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was arrested from her home in a pre-dawn raid at the beginning of the July by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

A court hearing on July 17 is expected to affirm her administrative detention sentence, which is a form of internment without trial or charge that is subject to indefinite renewal.

Israeli court extends the detention of Palestinian politician Khalida Jarrar

Jarrar, 54, was previously imprisoned for 15 months before her release in June 2016.

Israel had charged her with offences relating to her activism and membership of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – which Israel considers a terrorist organisation – and had accused her of inciting violence.

Prisoner rights group Addameer, of which Jarrar is the vice-chairperson of the board of directors, released a statement following her most recent arrest calling for her release.

“The arrest of Khalida Jarrar constitutes an attack against Palestinian political leaders and Palestinian civil society as a whole,” the statement said.

“It also constitutes one arrest in the context of continuous arrest campaigns against Palestinians.”

READ MORE: Khalida Jarrar’s arrest condemned by Palestinian groups

In a statement after Jarrar’s arrest on July 2, the Israeli army said that her arrest was not related to her position as member of the PLC, but to her activities within the PFLP.

At least 13 Palestinian politicians are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails.

At least nine of them are being held without charge under administrative detention, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies.

Source: Al Jazeera News


14-year-old girl joins dozens of Palestinian women in Israeli prison

8 Palestinian women and girls were arrested by Israel in May, the youngest was 14-year-old Malak Al-Ghalith who was held at a checkpoint on 28 May 2017
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Israeli authorities detained eight Palestinian women and girls over the past month, the youngest of which was 14-year-old Malak al-Ghalith from al-Jalazun refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, according to a statement released Saturday by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.

Malak was detained on May 28 at Israel’s Qalandiya military checkpoint for allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack. Israeli forces pepper-sprayed the young girl before locking her inside a container for two hours, where Israeli soldiers insulted, cursed, and laughed at her while taking pictures of her, according to lawyers for the committee Hanan al-Khatib and Hiba Masalha.

The lawyers reported that Malak was interrogated for four hours before being transferred to Israel’s HaSharon prison.

Some 56 Palestinian women are currently being imprisoned by Israel, according to the committee’s statement. However, prisoners’ rights group Addameer said that there were 61 Palestinian women and girls in Israeli custody as of April.

The committee’s statement highlighted that among the 56 female prisoners, nine were minors, though the statement only named Malak and seven other girls, identified as Iman Ali, Marah Jueideh, Luma al-Bakri, Amal Kabha, Manar Shweiki, Hadiyyeh Ereinat, and Malak Salman.

Malak was also among eight Palestinian women to be detained over the past month alone. The committee identified six of the others as Ibtisam Eid Moussa, 59, from Gaza City; Suzan Abu Qutaiba, 32, from Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank; Ahlam Malukh, 22, from Hebron in the southern West Bank; Sujoud Riman from Nablus in the northern West Bank; Dina Iskafi from Hebron; and Asia Kaabneh from Nablus.

Al-Khatib and Sawalha added that “brutal sentences” were also recently issued by Israel against Palestinian women and girls, including a 13-year prison sentence for Nurhan Awwad, who was 16 years old when she was detained after being shot and critically injured – alongside her 14-year-old cousin who was killed.

The two lawyers also noted that Israa Jaabis, 32, was sentenced to 11 years in prison and 19-year-old Shurouq Duwayyat was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

According to Addameer, some 10,000 Palestinian women and girls have been detained by Israeli forces over the past 45 years.

In 2015 alone, Israeli forces detained 106 Palestinian women and girls, which according to the group represented a 70 percent increase compared to detention numbers in 2013.

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