For Immediate Release
April 7, 2015
Palestinian Parliamentarian and women’s rights advocate imprisoned without charge after pre-dawn raid
OTTAWA – At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, dozens of Israeli soldiers arrested Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, after breaking down the door of her home in Ramallah. She has been issued an administrative detention order, imprisoning her for six months without charge or trial.
In addition to being a member of the Palestinian Parliament, Jarrar is a prominent women’s rights activist and advocate for the rights of political prisoners.
“My mother always speaks the truth to power. She is a woman and a loved leader. Also, my mother was recently involved in working on Palestine joining the International Criminal Court. They went after her for all of these reasons,” said Yafa Jarrar, one of Jarrar’s daughters.
This arrest is the latest in a series of targeted actions towards Jarrar. In another house raid last August, Israeli authorities served Jarrar with a six-month internal deportation order, which would have forcibly expelled and confined her to the West Bank city of Jericho. She refused to comply, and due to a campaign by Palestinian and international human rights activists, the deportation order was subsequently suspended. Five years ago, Israel also sought to prevent Jarrar from travelling to Jordan for urgent medical treatment, relenting only after her case received international attention.
“It is outrageous that an elected Parliamentarian had her door broken down in the middle of the night and was taken to to a foreign prison by a foreign military” said Tyler Levitan, Campaigns Coordinator for Independent Jewish Voices – Canada. “Canadians need to speak with a loud and unified voice against this attack on Jarrar’s rights, and the rights of all Palestinians from the Occupied Palestinian Territory illegally confined in Israel’s prisons.”
There are now 17 members of the elected Palestinian Legislative Council imprisoned by Israel, 9 under administrative detention without trial or charge. Administrative detention orders can be indefinitely renewed by Israeli military courts.
For more information, contact:
Yafa Jarrar, daughter of Khalida Jarrar
Tyler Levitan, Campaigns Coordinator for Independent Jewish Voices – Canada