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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Court Orders Khalida Jarrar to be Freed

by Patrick Le Hyaric

Court Orders Khalida Jarrar to be Freed

Translated Wednesday 27 May 2015, by Brooke Cochran

Declaration by Patrick Le Hyaric, director of l’Humanité: "Everything that can be done in the following hours to demand liberty for the Palestinian deputy must be done. (Telegrams, letters, messages; phone calls to the Israeli Embassy...) Enough of this impunity that Israeli leaders enjoy. More support for Khalida! Free all of the Palestinian political prisoners."

Deputy to the PFLP, feminist, elected representative of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Khalida specializes in defending Palestinian prisoners from her position in the Addameer network. She is also a militant that the occupying forces are trying to silence by all possible means. Already, in August-September, 2014, an international campaign was launched to support Khalida. It demands cancelling the "special supervision order" and her forced transfer from Ramallah to Jericho. Khalida refused to be expelled from Jericho. Instead, she set up a tent in front of the Palestinian Legislative Council’s building until the order was lifted on September 16, 2014.

Khalida was violently arrested by the Israeli Army at dawn on April 2, 2015 at her home. The court reproached her for belonging to the PFLP and participating in demonstrations where she had allegedly "incited violence and the removal of Israeli soldiers."

May 21, 2015, our friend, Palestinian deputy Khalida Jarrar was judged in front of a military court. She was arrested by the Israeli army early on April 2 at her home. The court reproached her for participating in popular demonstrations and for her membership in the PFLP. It intervened after the deputy to the Palestinian Legislative Council was put under a "special supervision order" in August 2014. The order said she must leave Ramallah for Jericho. She was correct to refuse being expelled like that (i.e. deported). Thus, Khalida was leading a fight to free Palestinian political prisoners. Silencing her is equivalent to trying to stifle the protests and work of movements that campaign to free Palestinian prisoners from the occupying power.

Today, even after the court order that supports her freedom, Khalida is still in prison for three days in order to give the prosecution time to appeal this decision.

Everything that can be done in the following hours to demand liberty for Khalida must be done. (Telegrams, letters, messages; phone calls to the Israeli Embassy...) Enough of this impunity that Israeli leaders enjoy. More support for Khalida! Free all of the Palestinian political prisoners.

Khalida announced to journalists that this detention was meant to silence her, but that "we will continue our fight until the occupation is over!" Her lawyer condemned a political trial.


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