Israel Sentences Khalida Jarrar to 4 Months’ Administrative Detention

An Israeli court has sentenced Palestinian lawmaker and member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Khalida Jarrar to four months in administrative detention, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said Sunday.

Israeli forces detained Jarrar after raiding her home in the al-Irsal neighborhood of al-Bireh near Ramallah on Thursday night.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an that she was detained for being the leader of a ‘terrorist organization’, and had encouraged ‘terror activities’ in recent weeks.

Head of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, Fares Qaddura, denounced Jarrar’s arrest as a “revengeful act” carried out after she refused to agree to an Israeli army decision to relocate her from the Ramallah district to Jericho.

Israeli authorities issued the order last August.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that Israeli forces had attempted to issue Jarrar a restraining order for ‘inciting terror activities,’ and indicated that her refusal to comply was related to her arrest.

The prisoner’s society said that Jarrar was the eighth Palestinian to be sentenced to administrative detention this month.

Palestinians held in administrative detention are often held without charge or trial for months and without access to the evidence that led to their detention, even though international law stipulates this tactic only be used in exceptional circumstances.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Center for Studies Israeli authorities have issued 319 administrative detention orders for Palestinians since the beginning of 2015, six times as many as they did in the same period the previous year.

The statistics suggests a massive increase in Israel’s incarceration of Palestinians without charge or trial despite repeated promises to limit the practice in line with international norms.

(Ma’an – www.maannews.net)

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