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Israeli military court goes back on Jarrar release

June 2, 2015 6:38 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 9, 2015 9:26 P.M.)
Demonstrators in Gaza hold posters of PFLP leader Khalida Jarrar
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military judge reversed a ruling to release Khalida Jarrar on bail, deeming the Palestinian parliamentarian a "security risk" based on secret evidence, prisoner rights group Addameer told Ma'an.

The ruling came on May 28 after an appeal by the prosecution was upheld by the military judge, who made the decision based on secret evidence provided by the prosecution.

Jarrar was initially ordered on May 21 to be released on bail of 20,000 shekels ($5,160) in cash and a guarantee from a third party for the same amount.

The judge ruled at the time that the prosecution had provided insufficient and out of date evidence that Jarrar would be a security risk if released, rights group Amnesty International reported.

The prosecution reportedly told the judge during the May 21 hearing that they would ensure Jarrar remained in prison under an administrative detention order.

As Jarrar has already been charged, the ruling to keep her in military custody comes as a "clear form of arbitrary detention," Addameer says.

Jarrar was detained on April 2 from her home in the Ramallah neighborhood of al-Bireh. An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an at the time that Jarrar had been detained for being the leader of a "terrorist organization," and had encouraged "terror activities" in the previous few weeks.

Official charges made against Jarrar on May 21 included membership of an illegal organization, carrying out services for the illegal organization, participation in protests and incitement to violence.

The majority of Palestinian political organizations are considered illegal by Israel, including those that make up the PLO, and association with such parties is often used as grounds for imprisonment, according to Addameer.

Jarrar was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 as a member of PFLP.

Addameer condemned the May 28 decision against Jarrar as "vengeful, arbitrary and political, with an aim to punish her for her political opinions and activism for Palestinian human rights, especially in supporting Palestinian prisoners and detainees."

According to Amnesty International, Jarrar's legs were shackled throughout the hearing, during which she apparently told foreign diplomats and Israeli and international activists attending the trial, "They want to silence our voice but we will continue the struggle against the oppression until we achieve our freedom.

Jarrar's case comes before a military court on June 22, where Amnesty International says she will face an unfair trial.

She faces up to two years in prison if convicted.
Comments
CARLOS / USA
Only crime committed by anyone in this affair-israel. israel is a tyranny. Just because you claim to be a democracy doesnt mean you are. israel is the least representative democracy in the world.
02/06/2015 19:52
@ Carlos / USA
- Even here, in the land of the free and home of the brave, their are limits on what you can say, like yelling "Fire in a crowded theater", and
- Ms Jerrar should be prevented from encouraging violence, murder, and war crimes, and
- That is just good "democracy", rather than "tyranny" !!
03/06/2015 01:22
Rami / Palestine
"Based on secret evidence" is a farce and the Israeli government knows it. The use of "secret evidence" gives them the so-called right to imprison anyone and everyone without knowing why and on what charges at the whim of the Israeli judges. Israel isn't a democracy. It's apartheid.
03/06/2015 09:03
Rachamim Dwek / Sussiya, Israel
Jarrar is Acting Sec Gen of PFLP, as such she is culpable for ALL PFLP Terrorism. Just yesterday PFLP claimed anpther attack. Take your pick for Jarrar's current stint. How abput Tel Nof in Jerusalem on 18-11-14 when 2 PFLP Terrorists snuck up behind 4 elderly men as they prayed and used meatcleavrs?
30/06/2015 20:06
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