Urgent Action: Help Free Human Rights Defender Khalida Jarar

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11 June 2018

Khalida Jarrar has been imprisoned since 2 July 2017 without charge or trial. Her administrative detention order runs the risk of being renewed on 30 June 2018.

 As an administrative detainee, she has not been made privy to the information used to deny her of her freedom, and thus has not had a genuine chance to refute claims made against her. Such a situation represents a core of the occupation’s system of control. If you are a powerful and committed advocate for the human rights of the Palestinian people, then you are likely to lose your freedom in your struggle for basic dignity.

Khalida has worked tirelessly over her career as an advocate for the Palestinian prisoners, and for the rights of women. Following her time as the Director of Addameer, she was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in 2006. Her roles as a PLC member included heading the Prisoners’ Commission and was a member of the Palestinian National Committee for the follow up with International Criminal Court (ICC). As part of her work, she was instrumental in facilitating the Palestinian ascension to the Rome Statute. As a result of her work, she has been denied permission to travel multiple times and was expelled to Jericho in 2014.

Khalida has been held in Administrative Detention on a separate occasion in 2015, prior to being sentenced to 15 months imprisonment by an Israeli Military Court. Following international pressure, she was released in June 2016. Since July 2017, she has had her administrative detention renewed once. For more details on her case, please see her prisoner profile and to learn more about her teaching international law to female prisoners while incarcerated, check here.

With this call for action and support, we hope to place pressure on the occupation to not renew her administrative detention order again. Her imprisonment represents a grave violation of international law and the international community must not stand silent in the face of such action.

There are very few times where there is a possibility of us having a genuine impact, but this is one of them. Khalida has committed her life to realizing basic Palestinian dignity through utilizing the international legal framework. For all of us who believe in justice, it is incumbent upon us to do all that we can to ensure her freedom.

As such, we call on all supporters to contact the key decision makers located below. Urge them to abide by international law, and release Khalida Jarrar. 

 

TAKE ACTION:

1. Organize a protest, demonstration, speaking event or banner drop in your city, community or campus calling for freedom for Khalida Jarrar and her fellow Palestinian prisoners. 

2. Write to Israeli officials to demand Khalida Jarrar’s release. 

 

Sample Letter and Contact information:

 

Dear __,

I write today to demand the immediate release of the Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar, who has been under administrative detention since June 2017.

Khalida Jarrar has been imprisoned since 2 July 2017 without charge or trial. Her administrative detention order runs the risk of being renewed on 30 June 2018. Khalida has been held in Administrative Detention on a separate occasion in 2015, prior to being sentenced to 15 months imprisonment by an Israeli Military Court. Following international pressure, she was released in June 2016. Since July 2017, she has had her administrative detention renewed once.

I demand the immediate release of Khalida Jarrar and an end to the administrative detention policy which is on the basis of so-called secret information. This is an attempt to prevent PLC members and human rights advocates, such as Khalida Jarrar, from dedicating their lives to achieving basic dignity for Palestinians. Her continued detention is arbitrary and unjust, and I demand her immediate freedom. 

Sincerely,

 

 

Minister of Defence

Avigdor Liberman 

Ministry of Defence

37 Kaplan Street

Hakirya

Tel Aviv 61909, Israel

Fax: +972 73 323 3300

Email: minister@mod.gov.il

Email: pniot@mod.gov.il  

Salutation: Dear Minister

  

Attorney General

Avichai Mendelbilt

Ministry of Justice

29 Salah al-Din Street

Jerusalem 91010, Israel  

Fax: +972 2 530 3367

Email: ishkat-yoetz@justice.gov.il

     

Military Judge Advocate General

Brigadier General Sharon Afek

Hakirya, Tel Aviv, Israel

Fax: +972 3 569 4526

Email: Mag@idf.gov.il

 

Commander of the IOF – West Bank

Major-General Roni Numa

GOC Central Command

Military Post 01149, Battalion 877

Israel Defense Forces, Israel

Fax: +972 2 530 5741+972 2 530 5724

Salutation: Dear Major-General Roni Numa

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister's Office

Jerusalem
3 Kaplan St. Hakirya

91950

Fax:  +972-2-6496659

Email: bnetanyahu@KNESSET.GOV.IL