[Pnews] Palestinian Khalida Jarrar sentenced to 15 months imprisonment by Israeli military court

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Sun Dec 6 16:27:11 EST 2015

Breaking News: Khalida Jarrar sentenced to 15 months imprisonment by 
Israeli military court 

by samidoun <http://samidoun.net/?author=1>

Khalida Jarrar, Palestinian leftist and feminist parliamentarian and 
advocate for political prisoners, has been sentenced by an Israeli 
occupation military court in Ofer to 15 months imprisonment today, 6 
December 2015. Arrested by occupation military forces who invaded her 
Ramallah home on 2 April, the imprisonment of Jarrar, former executive 
director and current vice-chair of the board of directors of Addameer 
Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, has sparked widespread 
Palestinian, Arab and international outrage.

Jarrar is a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council for the Abu 
Ali Mustafa bloc, the parliamentary bloc affiliated with the leftist 
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In 2014, she had been 
targeted for forced displacement to Jericho from Ramallah by an 
occupation military order, which she succeeded in defeating after a 
month-long sit-in at the PLC office and an international support campaign.

In April, she was immediately placed in administrative detention without 
charge or trial following her arrest. An international outcry - 
including a vote by the Portuguese parliament demanding her release - 
followed, and she was then charged in Israeli military courts. While the 
military courts present an appearance of a "trial," these trials are in 
reality no more just or fair than arbitrary administrative detention. 
99.74% of Palestinians who come before them are convicted.

Jarrar was charged with twelve entirely political charges relating to 
her public political activity, including giving speeches, attending 
public forums, and calling for the freedom of Palestinian political 
prisoners. She was accused of "incitement" for allegedly calling for the 
capture of Israeli occupation soldiers by the Palestinian resistance in 
order to free Palestinian prisoners. Despite this statement by the 
occupation military, they could produce no witness to confirm that 
Jarrar had ever said this - and the witnesses they brought forward all 
indicated that they were threatened and tortured into giving statements 
against Jarrar.

Despite the obviously political nature of the charges against Jarrar, an 
internationally-recognized parliamentarian and political leader, and the 
steadfast advocacy of her lawyers of Addameer, she was convicted by the 
Israeli military courts - as is entirely standard - and sentenced to 
fifteen months in Israeli occupation prisons.

"The conviction of Khalida Jarrar comes as no surprise; Israeli military 
courts serve no function except as an instrument of repression and 
suppression directed against Palestinians. Khalida Jarrar is a 
Palestinian political leader and an internationally-renowned struggler 
for justice. She has dedicated her life to working for freedom for her 
people and her land, and especially for the freedom of Palestinian 
political prisoners," said Charlotte Kates, coordinator of Samidoun 
Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

"It is urgent that we build the movement internationally to demand 
freedom for Jarrar and for her nearly 7,000 sisters and brothers held as 
Palestinian political prisoners inside Israeli jails. Khalida Jarrar is 
a longtime struggler for freedom and social justice, on Palestinian, 
Arab and international levels. We must do our utmost to advance her 
goals - to see Palestine, free of colonialism and oppression, with 
justice and liberation for all, including protesting, organizing and 
building the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions, and 
international isolation of Israel."

*Take Action:*

*1. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your area and demand 
freedom for Khalida Jarrar and all Palestinian prisoners. 
<http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel>* This is a time of 
uprising and intifada – protests are happening around the world 
are more urgent than ever. see our list of actions 
here:http://samidoun.net/2015/10/take-action-rise-up-with-palestine-global-protest-actions/ Hold 
a community event or discussion, or include Khalida Jarrar's case  in 
your next event about Palestine and social justice. Please email us at 
samidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net> to inform us of 
your action.

*2. Contact your government officials and demand they pressure Israel to 
free Palestinian prisoners.* In Canada, Call the office of the 
new Foreign Minister, Stéphane Dion, at 613-996-5789 and demand an end 
to Canadian support for Israel and that Canada pressure Israel to free 
Palestinian prisoners, including Khalida Jarrar, or email: 
stephane.dion at parl.gc.ca <mailto:stephane.dion at parl.gc.ca>. In the US, 
call the White House (202-456-1111) and the US State Department 
(202-647-9572); demand an end to US aid to Israel and that the US 
pressure Israel to free Palestinian prisoners. In the EU, contact your 
MEP – you can find your MEP here 
<http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map.html>, or use the tool at 
http://freepalestine.eu/ to both call for an end to the EU-Israel 
Association Agreement and for the EU to pressure Israel to free Jarrar 
and her fellow prisoners

*3. 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. G4S, 
a global security corporation, 
is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail 
Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott it 
<http://www.bdsmovement.net/activecamps/g4s>. *Palestinian political 
prisoners have issued a specific call urging action on G4S*. 
Learn more about BDS at bdsmovement.net <http://bdsmovement.net/>.

*samidoun <http://samidoun.net/?author=1>* | December 6, 2015URL: 

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