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Administrative detention for Khalida Jarrar extended again


By Annelies Verbeek - June 19, 2018
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The Israeli military court has approved yet another renewal of the detention period of Palestinian human rights defender and lawmaker Khalida Jarrar.

Palestinian newspaper Ma’an News reported the court announced the extension of her arrest for another three months on June 16.
 
Jarrar is held under administrative detention, a practise that allows Israeli military commanders to imprison Palestinians without charge or trial.
 
The Palestinian lawyer has now been imprisoned for almost one year. The previous six-month renewal of her arrest was supposed to end June 30.
 
Jarrar was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in 2006. She has been serving as one of the three elected deputies for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) since then.
 
Jarrar also heads the Palestinian Prisoners’ Committee of the PLC, and is said to have played a major role in Palestine’s accession to the ICC. She is known for her women’s rights activism.
 
It was on basis of “secret information based on her affiliation with PFLP” that the Israeli military prosecution asked the military court for an administrative detention order, after she was first arrested July 2 last year, according to prisoners rights group Addameer.
 
Ten days after being taken by Israeli troops during a night raid, the military court approved an administrative detention order against her, sentencing her to six months of prison without charge or trial. The order was set to end January 1.
 
But in December, the Israelis stated that Jarrar still posed a “tangible risk,” and extended her detention for another six months.
 
Human rights group Amnesty International launched a call for action against the extension of her unlawful arrest in December.
 
This is Jarrar’s second period serving time in Israeli prison. She was first arrested in 2015 and spent 14 months in prison.
 
The first eight months of this arrest were equally spent under administrative detention. She then accepted a plea deal and was charged with “incitement to violence” and “membership of an illegal organisation” - the latter being PFLP.
 
Mahmoud Hassan, her lawyer who works with Addameer, said the only reason Jarrar accepted the plea deal is because she does not trust the court.
 
"She doesn't expect justice from the court of the occupation, especially when the prosecution says that she will be held under an administrative detention order should" the court order her release, he had stated according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
 
During her arrest in 2015, 58 Member of the European Parliament signed a statement condemning her arrest and calling for her immediate release.
 
Administrative detention is an Israeli practise of detaining Palestinian individuals on the basis of military order 1651. This states that Israeli military commanders can hold individuals without charge or trial if they have “reasonable ground to presume that public security or security of the area requires the detention.”
 
Administrative detention orders have a maximum period of six months, but can be indefinitely renewed.
 
Addameer states the practise of administrative detention is a violation of the fourth Geneva Convention, which reads that accused individuals have the right to defend themselves.
 
PFLP released a press statement on the extension of Jarrar’s arrest June 16, saying that the continued detention will not break her, and that “she will continue her leading role serving the people, even within the dungeons of the occupation prisons.”

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