On Sunday, 3 November, the Israeli military court at Ofer prison extended the detention of Palestinian political leader, leftist and feminist Khalida Jarrar for eight more days. As reported by Jarrar’s daughter Yafa on social media, the military prosecution relied on secret evidence to keep Jarrar locked up.
Jarrar was seized in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, 31 October by over 70 armed soldiers and 12 military vehicles invading her Ramallah home. Her arrest came only eight months after she was released from 20 months of Israeli administrative detention: imprisonment without charge or trial, once again on the basis of secret evidence. Detention orders are issued for up to six months at a time, and they can be indefinitely extended. As a result, Palestinians regularly spend years at a time in Israeli prison without charge or trial.
There are currently approximately 450 people held under administrative detention without charge or trial, out of approximately 5,000 total Palestinian political prisoners. Several administrative detainees are conducting a long-term hunger strike, including 24-year-old youth activist Heba al-Labadi, a Palestinian with Jordanian citizenship seized by occupation forces when she entered Palestine with her mother to attend a wedding in Nablus.
We urge people around the world to participate in the Days of Action for Palestinian Political Prisoners between 8-11 November 2019. We are focusing on the cases of Khalida Jarrar, Heba al-Labadi and tortured husband and father Samer Arbeed, shackled, tear-gassed and under interrogation in Hadassah prison after Israeli occupation forces beat him into unconsciousness and broke 11 of his ribs.
As Yafa Jarrar noted, “International pressure has made the difference in how quickly mom gets released in the past.” All 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners need your support in their struggle for justice and freedom.
You can use the following flyers and social media images to join the campaign to free Khalida Jarrar and her fellow political prisoners. Download here and share widely!
- Download Freedom for All (Download PDF)
- Download Freedom for Khalida Jarrar (Download PDF)
- Download Free Samer Arbeed (Download PDF)
- Download Free Heba al-Labadi (Download PDF)