Palestinian parliamentarian, feminist and leftist leader Khalida Jarrar was once more ordered to imprisonment without charge or trial by the Israeli occupation. The renewal came for the fourth time on Thursday, 25 October; Jarrar has already been jailed without charge or trial for 16 months. The new detention order once again renews her imprisonment for four more months.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, of which Jarrar serves as vice-chair of the board and was formerly the Executive Director, noted that a hearing confirming the order will be held in an Israeli military court within the next week.

Administrative detention was first brought to Palestine by the British colonial mandate before being adopted by the Zionist occupation. Administrative detention orders can be issued for up to six months at a time, and they are indefinitely renewable. Palestinians have spent years at a time jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention. There are currently approximately 450 Palestinians jailed under administrative detention out of a total of 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners.

Jarrar is imprisoned at HaSharon prison, where she and fellow women prisoners are engaged in an ongoing campaign of resistance to Israeli surveillance and repression inside the prison. Palestinian women prisoners have been denied family visits in retaliation for their protest.

Take Action! 

Stand up for freedom for Khalida Jarrar and all Palestinian prisoners by taking action below.

  1. Addameer has issued an action alert urging people to write and demonstrate for Khalida. Join in the action here: http://addameer.org/news/urgent-action-help-free-human-rights-defender-khalida-jarrar
  2. Organize a protest, demonstration or other gathering or event to Free Khalida Jarrar.  Bring posters and flyers about Khalida’s case and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include Khalida’s case in your next event about Palestine and social justice.  Find your nearest Israeli embassy here:  https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israelWrite to us at samidoun@samidoun.net or contact us on Facebook to let us know about your action! 
  3.  Contact your Member of Parliament, Representative, or Member of European Parliament. The attack on Khalida is an attack on Palestinian parliamentary legitimacy and political expression. Parliamentarians have a responsibility to pressure Israel to cancel this order.
  4. Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. Learn more at bdsmovement.net.

Learn more about Khalida Jarrar:

Jarrar is a longtime advocate for the freedom of Palestinian prisoners, the Vice-Chair of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and its former Executive Director. A member of the Palestinian Legislative Council elected as part of the leftist Abu Ali Mustafa Bloc, associated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, she chairs the PLC’s Prisoners Committee.

She is also an outspoken leader in the fight to hold Israeli officials accountable for war crimes in the International Criminal Court. She is a member of a Palestinian commission charged with bringing complaints and files before the international court about ongoing Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people, from attacks on Gaza to land confiscation and settlement construction to mass arrests and imprisonment.

This is not the first time she has faced arrest and persecution. In 2014, she resisted – and defeated – an Israeli attempt to forcibly displace her from her family home in el-Bireh to Jericho. Only nine months later, in April 2015, she was seized by Israeli occupation forces and ordered to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial. After a global outcry, she was brought before Israeli military courts and faced 12 charges based on her political activity, from giving speeches to attending events in support of Palestinian prisoners.

After she was released in June 2016, she resumed her leading role in the Palestinian liberation movement, only to be seized once more on 2 July 2017 and once again thrown in prison with no charges and no trial. Her administrative detention was already renewed for another six months in December 2017, and it is clear that the Israeli occupation has no intention of releasing Khalida, one of the leaders among the 6,200 Palestinian prisoners (including nearly 500 administrative detainees) in Israeli jails.

Within the Israeli occupation prison, she has played a leading role in supporting the education of the minor girls held there, organizing classes on human rights and in review for mandatory high school examinations when the prison authority denied the girls a teacher.

Organizations Supporting Khalida Jarrar

Over 290 international groups, political parties, labor unions and social movements signed on to a statement in July 2018 supporting Khalida’s release. To add your group’s name to the statement, use the form or email samidoun@samidoun.net with your group’s name.

We come together today to demand the immediate release of Khalida Jarrar, an end to the policy and practice of administrative detention and freedom for Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. We pledge to struggle for justice through protests, actions, organizing and escalating boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) actions against Israel, in Khalida’s own spirit of resistance.

Signed,

  1. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  2. Al-Awda NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition
  3. Al-Awda, The Palestine Right of Return Movement
  4. Action Antifasciste NP2C
  5. Actions4Palestine
  6. Alkarama Movement of Palestinian Women
  7. Al-Quds Day Committee of New York
  8. Alternative Information Center
  9. American Muslims for Palestine – NY/NJ
  10. American Party of Labor
  11. Anticapitalistas
  12. Anti-Imperialist Action Ireland
  13. Anti Internment Group London
  14. Anti-Zionist and Anti-Imperialist Friends of Palestine
  15. ArbeiterInnenmacht (Germany)
  16. Arbeiter*innenstandpunkt (Austria)
  17. Asociación Palestina BILADI
  18. Association Belgo-Palestinienne
  19. Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)
  20. Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), India
  21. Association France-Palestine Solidarité
  22. Association France-Palestine Solidarité — Groupe du Pays de Cornouaille
  23. AFPS 63 (Association France Palestine Solidarité 63)
  24. AFPS 59/62
  25. AFPS Albertville
  26. AFPS Alès-Cévennes
  27. AFPS Groupe Local Ardèche-Drôme
  28. AFPS Nanterre
  29. AFPS Paris 14-6
  30. Arbetarmakt (Workers Power)
  31. Associazione Amicizia Sardegna Palestina
  32. Assopace Palestina – Italy
  33. ATIK – Confederation of Workers from Turkey in Europe
  34. BAF – Brigade Antifasciste de Strasbourg
  35. Balfour Declaration Centenary Campaign
  36. BDS Berlin
  37. BDS France Saint-Étienne
  38. BDS France Toulouse
  39. BDS Italia
  40. BDS Turkey
  41. BDS UChile (Universidad de Chile)
  42. BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish
  43. BDS Zürich
  44. Belgian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)
  45. Biellesi per la Palestina Libera Committee
  46. Black Alliance for Peace
  47. Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within (aka Boycott from Within – Israeli citizens for BDS)
  48. Bruxelles Panthéres
  49. Cafe Palestina of the Southern Berkshires
  50. California Coalition for Women Prisoners
  51. Campagne BDS France
  52. Campagne unitaire pour la libération de Georges Ibahim Abdallah (Paris)
  53. Campaign to Boycott Supporters of “Israel” in Lebanon
  54. Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat
  55. Canada Palestine Association
  56. Canadian BDS Coalition
  57. Canadian Friends of Sabeel
  58. Centre de la Communauté Démocratique Kurde de Toulouse
  59. Cercle de Silence – Amiens
  60. Christchurch Progressive Network
  61. Coalition for Justice – Blacksburg
  62. Coalition of Women for Peace
  63. CODEPINK – Women for Peace
  64. Colectivo Contraimpunidad
  65. Collectif 69 de soutien au peuple palestinien
  66. Collectif de Soutien à la Résistance Palestinienne 59-62
  67. Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine
  68. Collectif Justice pour la Palestine Annecy
  69. Collectif pour la Libération de Georges Ibrahim Abdallah
  70. Colletivo Palestina Rossa
  71. COMAC
  72. Comité Internacional Paz,Justicia y Dignidad a los Pueblos
  73. Comité de Vigilance pour la Démocratie en Tunisie
  74. Comité Poitevin Palestine
  75. Comite pour le Respect des Libetés et des Droits de l Homme en Tunisie CRLDHT
  76. Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient, Luxembourg
  77. Committee to Stop FBI Repression – National
  78. Committee to Stop FBI Repression – NY
  79. Committees for a Democratic Palestine – Europe
  80. Communist Party, Sweden
  81.  Confederation Nationale du Travail / National Confederation of Labor (CNT-f) – International Secretariat
  82. Coordinamento Napoli Palestin
  83. Coordinamento di Solidarietà con la Palestina – Sicilia
  84. Corsica Internaziunalista
  85. Corvallis Palestine Solidarity
  86. Coup Pour Coup 31
  87. DİSK (Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey)
  88. Dones x Dones
  89. Dun Padraig Friends of Palestine
  90. Egitim Sen Istanbul 6 Nolu Üniversiteler Subesi
  91. EH Bildu municipal group of Donostia
  92. Emmaus Bjorka
  93. Eye On Palestine Arts and Film Festival
  94. Familles de prisonniers pour la Justice – Belgique
  95. Femmes en lutte 93
  96. Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! Manchester
  97. F.O.R. Palestine (Berlin)
  98. Framåt kamrater
  99. Free Gaza Movement
  100. Free Palestine Movement
  101. Freedom Archives
  102. Freedom Road Socialist Organization
  103. Friends of Palestine Network
  104. Friends of Sabeel North America
  105. Frihet åt Ahed Tamimi Göteborg
  106. Fronte Palestina
  107. Gaza Action Ireland
  108. General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS Aix-Marseille)
  109. General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS France)
  110. Gents Actieplatform Palestina
  111. Global Campaign for Palestinian Political Prisoners (GCPPP)
  112. Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
  113. Greek Front of Resistance and Solidarity with Palestine “Ghassan Kanafani”
  114. Green Mountain Solidarity with Palestine
  115. Greenville for Gaza
  116. Groupe Non-Violent LOUIS LECOIN
  117. Handala Center for Prisoners and Former Prisoners – Palestine
  118. Harakat Shaab – Lebanon
  119. HDP Peoples’ Democratic Party
  120. HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) Central Women’s Assembly
  121. Hilombé Solidaridad
  122. Human Rights Defenders
  123. ICAHD
  124. If Americans Knew
  125. Independent Jewish Voices – Canada
  126. Indivisible Midlands
  127. Inminds Human Rights Group
  128. intal
  129. International Action Center
  130. International Association of Democratic Lawyers
  131. International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
  132. International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) Spain
  133. International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network – Canada
  134. International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS)
  135. International Red Help
  136. International Women’s Alliance
  137. Internationalt Forum – Denmark
  138. Invictapalestina – Documentation Center
  139. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  140. Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association (IRPWA)
  141. Irish Socialist Republicans
  142. ISM France
  143. Izquierda Unida – Spain
  144. Jacksonville Community Action Committee
  145. Jacksonville Palestine Solidarity Network
  146. Jericho Movement – National
  147. Jericho Movement – New York City
  148. Jersey City Peace Movement
  149. Jeune Garde Lyon
  150. Jeunes Révolutionnaires Genève
  151. Jeunes Révolutionnaires Vaud
  152. Jewish Liberation Theology Institute
  153. Jewish People’s Liberation Organization
  154. Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)
  155. Jewish Women for Justice in Israel/ Palestine
  156. Jews Against Genocide (JAG)
  157. Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
  158. Justice for Palestine Matters
  159. Justice For Palestinians, Calgary
  160. Justice for Palestinians – San Jose
  161. Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights – Philippines
  162. Katie Miranda Studios
  163. Kia Ora Gaza (New Zealand)
  164. Kickapoo Peace Circle
  165. Kunstnerhuset
  166. LA4Palestine
  167. Labor for Palestine
  168. Laura Wells for Congress, District 13
  169. La Voix des Prisonnier.ère.s Politiques de Turquie et Kurdistan
  170. Le Collectif Rouge Internationaliste pour la libération des prisonniers révolutionnaires (Paris)
  171. Le Comité d’action et de soutien aux luttes du peuple marocain (Paris)
  172. League for the Fifth International
  173. Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre
  174. Links Ecologisch Forum/Forum Gauche Ecologie – LEF-FGE
  175. Libérons-les
  176. London Palestine Action
  177. Madison-Rafah Sister City Project
  178. MADRE
  179. Manchester Boycott Israel Group
  180. Manchester Palestine Action
  181. Mouvement Citoyens Palestine
  182. National Campaign to Free Georges Abdallah – Lebanon
  183. National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy
  184. National Lawyers Guild International Committee
  185. National Lawyers Guild- Massachusetts Chapter
  186. National Student Federation (Pakistan)
  187. NavBel
  188. New Orleans Workers Group
  189. Newry Palestinian Support Group
  190. NION (Not In Our Name)
  191. No One Is Illegal – Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
  192. NY4Palestine
  193. NYU Disorientation Guide
  194. NYU Jewish Voice for Peace
  195. NZ Palestine Solidarity Network
  196. Palbox
  197. Palestina Solidariteit vzw
  198. Palestine 13
  199. Palestine Democratic Forum
  200. Palestine International Network – Lebanon
  201. Palestine Solidarity Committee – Austin, TX
  202. Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton
  203. Palestinian Child and Youth Institute (PCYI)
  204. Palestinian Cultural Club – American University of Beirut
  205. Palestinian Cultural Club – Beirut
  206. Palestinian Progressive Student Bloc
  207. Palestinian Refugee Portal
  208. Palestinian Support Centre- Kingston ON
  209. Palestinians and Jews Decolonize
  210. Palestina Toma La Calle
  211. Palestinian Youth Movement – USA
  212. Partido Comunista de España
  213. Party for Socialism and Liberation
  214. Paz con Dignidad
  215. People Power Assembly Queens
  216. People’s Power Assembly
  217. Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee
  218. Plate-Forme Charleroi-Palestine
  219. Popular Resistance
  220. Potere al popolo Biella e Valsesia Party
  221. Progetto Palestina
  222. Progressive Palestinian Youth Union
  223. Progressive Scouts Group – Gaza
  224. Progressive Student Labor Front (Palestine)
  225. Project South
  226. PVDA/PTB (Workers’ Party of Belgium)
  227. Queer Palestinian Empowerment Network
  228. RAGE – Réseau d’Agitation Genève
  229. RedMed Web Network
  230. Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP
  231. Republican Network for Unity
  232. Revolutionary Communist Group (Britain)
  233. Revolutionary Socialist Movement (Pakistan)
  234. Revolutionary Workers Party (DİP) (Turkey)
  235. REVOLUTION (youth movement)
  236. Rifondazione Comunista Biellese Party
  237. Right of Return Coalition – Baddawi Camp, Lebanon (composed of 22 organizations)
  238. Saoradh
  239. Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  240. Secours Rouge Belgique / Red Help Belgium
  241. Secours Rouge Canada
  242. Secours Rouge Genève
  243. Sheffield Hallam Palestine Society
  244. Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine
  245. Sheffield Labour Students
  246. Sheffield Palestine Education Network
  247. Sodepaz Euskadi
  248. Solidarity with Palestine St. John’s
  249. Studenten voor Rechtvaardigheid in Palestina (SRP-NL)
  250. Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University
  251. Students for Justice in Palestine – CCNY
  252. Students for Justice in Palestine – College of Staten Island
  253. Students for Justice in Palestine – Houston
  254. Students for Justice in Palestine – NYU
  255. Students for Justice in Palestine – Temple University
  256. Students for Justice in Palestine at University of South Carolina
  257. Syria Solidarity Movement
  258. Taqadomy Media Team
  259. TJA (Tevgera Jinên Azad)  – Free Women Movement
  260. The Bronx Green Party
  261. The Palestine Project
  262. The Red Nation
  263. Toronto BDS Action
  264. UNADIKUM Association
  265. United National Antiwar Campaign (UNAC)
  266. Union of Palestinian Communities and Institutions – Europe
  267. Unión de Juventudes Comunistas de España
  268. Unione Democratica Arabe Palestina (UDAP)
  269. Union des consommateurs musulmans de la région parisienne
  270. Union juive française pour la paix (UJFP)
  271. United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network
  272. United for Palestine Toronto/GTA
  273. University of Leeds – Palestine Solidarity Group
  274. University of Sheffield Palestine Society
  275. UGEP (Unión General de Estudiantes Palestinos Chile)
  276. US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI)
  277. US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
  278. Vermonters for Justice in Palestine
  279. Victoria Coalition against Israeli Apartheid
  280. Victory to the Intifada Manchester
  281. Vlaams-Socialistische Beweging (Flanders)
  282. Vrede vzw
  283. WESPAC Foundation
  284. Within Our Lifetime • United for Palestine
  285. Women Against Military Madness
  286. Women In Solidarity With Palestine
  287. Women for Women’s Humans Rights – New Ways
  288. Women’s Organization for Political Prisoners (WOFPP)
  289. Women’s Solidarity Foundation (KADAV)-Turkey
  290. Workers World Party
  291. YECHOUROUN-Judaisme contre sionisme
  292. Young Democratic Socialists – University of South Carolina

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