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Israeli court postpones Khalida Jarrar hearing for 2nd time

Aug. 4, 2015 7:30 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 5, 2015 11:21 A.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court on Tuesday postponed a court hearing for Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar for the second time in a row after witnesses failed to show up, her lawyer said.

Mahmoud Hassan, director of the legal unit for prisoners' rights group Addameer, accused the military prosecution of "procrastinating," saying that they had not taken the necessary steps to have the witnesses brought to the court.

The court had issued a detention order for one of the witnesses although it was not executed, he said.

He added that the Israeli authorities had also failed to bring a witness who is currently being held in an Israeli jail.

The court hearing was postponed to August 10.

Jarrar, an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, marked four months behind bars on Sunday.

Addameer said Jarrar's hearings were indicative of "how abusive the Israeli military legal system is, as Palestinians are detained without a legal and reasonable justification."

They added that the "political detention aims to keep the detainee for as long as possible in Israeli jails and to suppress all political and social activists in the Palestinian community."

Jarrar’s family, as well as South African and Swiss diplomats, attended the session.

Jarrar was detained from her home in Ramallah on April 2. She was initially sentenced to six months administrative detention, but international pressure later forced the Israeli authorities to bring 12 charges against her, focused on her political activism.

A judge ordered her release on bail on May 21, saying there was no evidence she posed a security threat, but a week later, another judge reversed the decision, ordering that she remain behind bars until her trial.

If convicted, the political leader, rights activist and feminist could spend up to two years in prison.

There have been worries about her medical condition, which requires constant treatment and supervision.

Her case has brought outcry across both Palestine and Israel, with Palestinian and Israeli rights groups calling for her release.

The Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer described her arrest as "vengeful, arbitrary and political, with an aim to punish her for her political opinions and activism for Palestinian human rights," while Human Rights Watch said "her case is rife with due process violations."
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