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PFLP member Khalida Jarrar detained for 'inciting terror activity'

April 2, 2015 10:10 A.M. (Updated: April 3, 2015 8:04 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained Palestinian lawmaker and member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Khalida Jarrar after raiding her home early Thursday.

Jarrar's daughter Yaffa told Ma'an that Israeli forces surrounded the home in the al-Irsal neighborhood of al-Bireh near Ramallah around 3:00 a.m., demanded to see her mother. The forces informed her that she was under arrest after searching the home, confiscating two comuputers and a mobile phone.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that Jerrar was detained for being the leader of a 'terrorist organization', and had encouraged 'terror activities' over the last few weeks.

Head of the Palestinian Prisoner's Society, Fares Qaddura, denounced Jarrar's arrest as a "revengeful act" in response to her refusal to agree to the Israeli army's decision to deport her from the Ramallah district to Jericho.

Israeli authorities had issued the order last August. An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an Israeli forces had attempted to issue Jerrar a restraining order for 'inciting terror activities,' indicating her refusal to comply was related to Wednesday night's arrest.

The spokeswoman added Jerrar's detention was 'based on the security of the region.'

Following the initial order in August, prisoner rights groups Addameer noted that a raid of Jarrar's home pointed to the fact that the Palestinian Authority was complicit in her arrest, as any raid on areas in Area A -- the approximately 20 percent of the West Bank technically under full Palestinian control as a result of the Oslo Accords -- had to be taken with their coordination.

"By allowing Israeli occupying forces to enter Ramallah means that in effect the so-called 'security co-ordination' between Palestinian Authority security forces and Israeli occupying forces allowed for the expulsion of an elected representative of the Palestinian people, an elected representative who has continuously called for an end to such 'coordination,'" the group said.

Jarrar is an active member in several women committees as well as the prisoners' committee in the legislative council.

Her detainment came just one day after Muna Qadan, political affiliate of Islamic Jihad, was sentenced to 70 months in prison by Israeli authorities for alleged illegal political activity.

The PLO has historically accused the Israeli government of breaching international law by routinely arresting Palestinian lawmakers.

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

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