[Pnews] Israel has kidnapped a Palestinian socialist and is torturing her

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  Israel has kidnapped a Palestinian socialist and is torturing her

Asa Winstanley - November 13, 2019

Khalida Jarrar is a leading Palestinian activist for women’s rights and 
prisoners’ rights 
She is a socialist MP elected to the Palestinian Authority’s moribund 
legislative council, as part of the Marxist Popular Front for the 
Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

All of this makes her an enemy in the eyes of Israel’s cruel and 
vindictive military occupation. The Israeli torture regime has had 
Jarrar in and out of prison for years now, with neither charge nor 
trial. Her latest “arrest” occurred last week 
when cowardly Israeli army thugs broke into her Ramallah home, in the 
occupied West Bank, and took her away at gunpoint.

Reading the latest update 
<https://twitter.com/YafaJarrar/status/1192492086739787785> from her 
daughter Yafa, it is clear that Israel is imposing sleep deprivation on 
her, which is a common torture technique used by imperialist regimes and 
petty dictatorships the world over. “Mom appeared to be fatigued and 
exhausted from sleep deprivation,” she writes, relaying what her father 
saw for the brief few seconds he was allowed into Israel’s kangaroo 
court before the illegitimate military “judge” — in reality an army 
officer; for many years these fake judges did not have even the most 
basic legal training — sent Khalida Jarrar to prison. “She is still 
wearing the same clothes that she had on the night of her arrest,” says 

Now Jarrar is being held in isolation. This is nothing new for her. She 
was arrested arbitrarily and interned by Israel in 2015 
and 2017 
The whole nature of the terminology employed by Israel makes it sound 
legitimate — arrest, court, judge — when, in fact, it is entirely 
illegitimate. If actual legal processes were used, then arrest would be 
followed by charges, a proper trial and only then, if found guilty, a 

*READ: Israel forces arrest researcher for human rights NGO B’Tselem 

The more accurate term to describe Jarrar’s “arrest”, therefore, would 
be “kidnapping”. For Palestinians Israel provides no semblance of a 
judicial system; justice has no role in the process. Instead, it 
implements a racist /injustice/ system; one designed specifically to 
punish Palestinians for their very existence.

For example, Israel has a law on its books with allows it to intern 
Palestinians without charge or trial on the basis of so-called “secret 
evidence”. The law is a remnant of the British military occupation 
period, which ended in 1948. Under this law, internment without charge 
or trial – without any real evidence – is called “administrative 
detention”, a cruel euphemism if there ever was one.

It is essentially a system of summary military internment designed for 
use in wartime conditions, but Israel has enacted it on a permanent 
basis. It has been applied to Palestinians living under Israel’s brutal 
occupation for more than 71 years. From 1948 to 1966, Israel imposed 
this arbitrary military dictatorship on all Palestinian communities that 
remained within the new “state of Israel”, even after the majority had 
been driven out by Zionist militias, terrorist gangs and the nascent 
Israeli army between 1947 and 1949. Post-1967 up until today, the 
so-called “only democracy in the Middle East” imposes this military 
dictatorship on the Palestinians of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem 
and Gaza Strip.

Israel is, by any standard, a racist, torture regime. It is important to 
emphasise that Israel’s military regime is a specifically racist one 
because, almost without exception, these military laws are applied to 
Palestinians only.

There are, in fact, two parallel legal systems operating under the 
Israeli regime in the West Bank. There is a civilian system which gives 
suspects the right to have a lawyer, due process and the usual standards 
of evidence, but it is for Israeli Jews only, and is denied to 
Palestinians purely and simply because they are not Jewish. The other is 
Israel’s system of military injustice, which has a 99.7 per cent 
conviction rate, and is applied to Palestinians alone. These parallel 
legal systems are the very embodiment of the Afrikaner word apartheid: 

*READ: Israel arrests mother, 12-year-old son in Jerusalem 

This is not some temporary, necessary condition of war. Military 
regulations, after all, are necessary under genuine conditions of 
defensive war, such as when Nazi Germany was bombing Britain during 
World War Two. Israel’s military regime is instead designed as a 
permanent, colonial system to oppress Palestine’s indigenous people 
indefinitely. It is intended to punish them simply for being 
Palestinians, with the objective that their lives will be made so 
miserable and difficult that they will leave their own land voluntarily.

This is a forlorn hope. The Palestinians have resisted this 
settler-colonial oppression for more than 120 years now, and will 
continue to so do for as long as they are denied their most basic rights.

“I will never stop speaking out,” Khalida Jarrar said 
in March this year. She had only just been released from her then most 
recent arbitrary detention in February. Now, she is back in an Israeli 
jail, one of 460 Palestinian political prisoners currently being 
interned <http://www.addameer.org/> without charge or trial by the 
Zionist state.

Jarrar’s family is emphasising that international pressure on Israel can 
make a real difference, and could help her to be released. The 
Palestinian prisoners’ solidarity group Samidoun is calling for action 
and has suggested some ways that people 
can take part in the campaign to free Khalida Jarrar. The best and most 
effective thing, though, would be to end the brutal Israeli occupation now.

*READ: Israel sniper who killed Palestinian child given month’s 
community service 

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not 
necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.

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