Israeli military authorities extended the administrative detention of Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar on Thursday, June 14, for a third six month period, just two weeks before she was to be released from military prison. Since being detained by Israeli forces that raided her family home in the central West Bank city of al-Bireh on July 2, 2017, Jarrar has been held in administrative detention with no charges being made against her and with no trial. Her arrest last July came only a year after Jarrar’s release from a previous term of administrative detention.
Hadash has issued a statement condemning the extension of Jarrar‘s administrative detention and demanding her immediate release, stating that extending her imprisonment is an integral part of Israel’s policy of political arrests designed to destabilize the Palestinian domestic situation, pursue and persecute Palestinian lawmakers and leaders, and interfere in the Palestinian legislative and executive institutions.
In its statement Hadash also demanded the immediate release of Salah Hamouri, 32, field researcher for Addameer and a human rights defender who was arrested by occupation forces in a pre-dawn raid on August 23, 2017 since which time he too has been in administrative detention. Hamouri is a Palestinian-French dual citizen whose wife, Elsa Lefort, is currently banned by Israel from entering Palestine.