[Pnews] Palestinian Khalida Jarrar freed from Israeli prison after 20 months of administrative detention

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Thu Feb 28 10:11:25 EST 2019


  Khalida Jarrar freed from Israeli prison after 20 months of
  administrative detention

28 February 2019

Palestinian national leader, parliamentarian, feminist and leftist 
Khalida Jarrar 
was released from Israeli prison early Thursday morning, 28 February 
2019, after 20 months of imprisonment without charge or trial under 
administrative detention. In an interview (video below with English 
subtitles) given immediately after her release 
<http://hadfnews.ps/post/52205/>, Jarrar said that “the prisoners are an 
integral part of the Palestinian people’s movement, and their message is 
always unity.”

She highlighted the conditions of Palestinian women prisoners as well as 
their role in the prisoners’ movement, urging attention to the 
conditions that they face in Damon prison 
after their transfer from HaSharon prison.

Jarrar’s family was told that she would be released from the Jalameh 
checkpoint around 12 noon, but instead she was released in the early 
morning at the Salem checkpoint west of Jenin. From there, she will 
visit the gravesite of her father in Nablus, who died during her 
imprisonment. She will be received at the Catholic Hall in Ramallah for 
a reception on Thursday night, to be followed by further receptions on 
Friday and Saturday evenings.

Jarrar’s daughter Yafa said on social media that the shifting of the 
time and place of her release was a deliberate attempt by the Israeli 
occupation to minimize celebrations of her release. “Israeli occupation 
forces just released Mom at 4:00 am (Jerusalem time) this morning at 
Salem checkpoint near Jenin, which is contrary to what they have 
informed us. Mom was informed that she would be release at 12:30 pm at 
Al-jalameh checkpoint near Nablus. Instead, they released Mom in the 
very early hours at a different location and let her walk free by 
herself in the middle of no where. In spite of Israel’s attempts to 
disrupt her reception, Mom is FREE!” she noted.

Jarrar has been imprisoned since 2 July 2017 
held without charge or trial under administrative detention. Her 
administrative detention order was renewed four times, most recently on 
25 October. Over 275 organizations, political parties and social 
around the world joined in a collective call for her release.

This is not the first time that Jarrar has been imprisoned by the 
Israeli occupation; her arrest in 2017 came only 13 months after she 
wasreleased from Israeli prison 
after serving a 15-month sentence for her public political activity. 
After being arrested in 2015, she was ordered to administrative 
detention; in response to public outrage, she was transferred to the 
military courts for a bogus trial. During this most recent 20 months in 
prison, she remained jailed with no charges and no trial the entire time.

In an interview with Wattan TV 
<https://www.wattan.tv/ar/news/276964.html>, Jarrar noted the attacks of 
Israeli occupation minister of internal security and strategic affairs 
Gilad Erdan 
against the Palestinian prisoners. Erdan also directs the Israeli 
state’s global attacks on the BDS movement and Palestine solidarity 
campaigns internationally. “The situation of the women prisoners is not 
easy, especially after the Erdan decision to transfer them from the 
HaSharon prison to Damon prison as a punishment for them after a 63-day 
protest against the installation of surveillance cameras in the prison 
yard. This is part of an overall attack against the prisoners,” Jarrar 

“The occupation is trying to transfer the prisoners to make them begin 
their struggle from a zero point, but the prisoners continue to maintain 
their unity and cohesion and demand a change in their circumstances. The 
prisoners’ rooms are filled with moisture, and the electrical 
installations are very dangerous because they are wet and prone to 
fires. There is a real danger and a complaint has been lodged with the 
prison administration,” Jarrar said. “In addition to the fact that the 
prison yards are full of cameras, there is no library for the prisoners 
and there is no kitchen. The prisoners have to cook inside the rooms 
filled with moisture.”

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes Khalida Jarrar 
and the Palestinian people upon her release. Her steadfastness, 
leadership and clarity of vision is an inspiration to people around the 
world struggling for freedom. As International Women’s Day approaches, 
we celebrate the liberation of Khalida Jarrar and pledge to intensify 
our efforts to free all of the Palestinian women and men jailed by the 
Israeli occupation. We congratulate Khalida Jarrar on her freedom and 
pledge to continue on her path of struggle until the freedom of every 
Palestinian political prisoner behind bars, and the freedom of Palestine.*

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