Israel bans imprisonment of Palestinian at funeral of daughter
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – Israel refused to let a prominent jailed Palestinian lawmaker attend her daughter’s funeral on Tuesday, despite a campaign by activists and human rights groups to release her on humanitarian grounds .
Khalida Jarrar, 58, a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, has been in and out of Israeli prison in recent years. A military court sentenced her to two years in March for being part of an illegal group. With time served, she should be released in October.
The PFLP has an armed wing and is considered a terrorist group by Israel and Western countries, but Jarrar was not involved in the attacks. The Israeli army has recognized in March that it “did not deal with the organizational or military aspects of the organization”.
Jarrar was sentenced to 15 months in 2015 for incitement and membership in the PFLP. She was also held for months in what is known as administrative detention, under which Israel holds Palestinian suspects for long periods of time without charge.
Her daughter Suha, 30, who worked on gender and climate change issues for human rights group Al-Haq, was found dead on Sunday at her home in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, the group said. . He did not give a cause of death.
Al-Haq launched a campaign calling for the “immediate and unconditional release of Jarrar on humanitarian grounds”, and said he appealed to other countries as well as to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The pleas poured in from other activists and rights groups in an online campaign under the hashtag #freekhalidajarrar. An online petition has collected more than 11,500 signatures.
Natan Dublin, spokesperson for Israel’s Minister of Public Security, said the request could not be approved by the prison service because Jarrar is considered a security prisoner. The girl’s funeral took place without her.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said Jarrar’s repeated arrests were part of Israel’s broader crackdown on non-violent political opposition to its half-century military occupation of the land Palestinians want for a future state.
“Detaining Khalida for his political activism violates his freedom of association,” said Omar Shakir, group director for Israel and the Palestinian territories. “After detaining Khalida several times in violation of his rights, the Israeli authorities should at a minimum allow him to say goodbye to his daughter. “