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Palestinian factions condemn detention of lawmaker Jarrar

April 2, 2015 5:25 P.M. (Updated: April 4, 2015 11:27 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The detention of lawmaker and PFLP member Khalida Jarrar by Israeli forces has evoked criticism from several Palestinian factions, many believing the detention to be revenge for her refusal of Israel's decision to deport her to Jericho several months ago.

Israeli forces detained Jarrar after raiding her home early Thursday.

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

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

The spokeswoman added that Jarrar's detention was "based on the security of the region."

Jamil al-Majdalawi, a Legislative Council lawmaker, said that "Israel does not lose a chance to attempt to break the resistance's will, the people's resistance and their leadership symbols, and Khalida Jarrar is one of those symbols of resistance."

Separately, the Islamic Jihad movement added that "detaining national symbols and leaders are hopeless attempts aiming to isolate them from leading people in facing Israel."

The movement also called upon the PA and its security services to stop security cooperation with Israel in the West Bank.

Following the initial detention 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.

The Palestinian People's Party also condemned Jarrar's detention, arguing that Israel ignoring all international laws in detaining Jerrar.

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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