Palestinian Politician Khalida Jarrar Details Her 20-Months Ordeal in Israeli Prison

Palestinian prisoner Khalida Jarrar. (Photo: via Social Media)

Palestinian parliamentarian and activist Khalida Jarrar has revealed details of her time in Israeli detention, in an interview with the National.

Jarrar was recently released following 20 months in jail without charge or trial.

According to the paper, Jarrar was kept in Damon prison, “a maximum-security complex” where the parliamentarian was “sent to solitary confinement, barred from showering and left without the means to cook her own food” as a punishment for “teaching fellow inmates their rights”.

Jarrar’s administrative detention was extended three times by an Israeli military court, which she suspects was due to her work during detention.

In another example, “after rebelling against the constant camera surveillance”, the National reported, Jarrar “ organized a 63-day protest in which inmates refused to leave their rooms until the authorities removed the cameras she said were infringing on the privacy of inmates”.

The report added:

“Every few months, Israeli authorities would chain Mrs. Jarrar’s arms and legs, put her in a cage at the back of a security truck known as a ‘bosta’ and drive her and fellow Palestinian inmates to a military court for a secret trial.”

In Damon, Jarrar’s family “were allowed to visit twice a month for 45-minutes to speak to her by phone through bulletproof glass”. The long-time activist was also “forced to shower in public, her books were confiscated and, at times, she was left in solitary confinement for days on end”.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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  1. The way that Palestinian people are imprisoned without trial, without reason, under the most inhumane conditions, is evidence of the cruelty of the Israeli,Zionist occupation forces. Many people with first hand experience of Apartheid including Desmond Tutu, and the son of Nelson Mandela, have named the Israeli occupation of Palestine as being worse than that which was enforced in South Africa. Khalida Jarrar’s imprisonment and treatment echoes this. I do believe it is time to draw parallels between the treatment of jewish people by the Nazis and the treatment of the Palestinian people by a Zionist government. The renewed bombing of Gaza with over 100 bombings in one night, is a holocaust.

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