After 14 Months, Palestinian Legislator Khalida Jarrar to Be Released From Israeli Jail

Jarrar, who was arrested on security-related offenses, was found guilty in a plea deal of incitement and membership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

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Khalida Jarrar in the courtroom of the Ofer detention facility, in May.
Khalida Jarrar in the courtroom of the Ofer detention facility, in May.Credit: AP
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

Palestinian parliament member Khalida Jarrar, who has been imprisoned in Israel for about the past 14 months on security-related offenses, is to be released on Friday, the Israel Prison Service has confirmed.

Jarrar, who was sentenced in December to 15 months in prison in a plea agreement, is expected to be transferred to the area of the West Bank controlled by the Palestinian Authority through a checkpoint in the Tul Karm area.

At her sentencing last year, the court also handed Jarrar a 10-month suspended sentence and fined her 10,000 shekels ($2,600). In the plea agreement, Jarrar's indictment was amended so that she was convicted of one count of belonging to an illegal organization and another of incitement. She is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

At the time, Jarrar's attorney, Mahmoud Hassan from the Admir legal center, said that she only agreed to the plea deal because she doesn’t trust the court. "She doesn't expect [to receive] any justice from the court of the occupation," he said. Jarrar, a mother of two, was arrested at her West Bank home in April of last year.

Human rights groups and advocates on behalf of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel noted that the criminal charges were filed against Jarrar after an administrative detention order under which she was held without trial was rescinded following international pressure and criticism of her imprisonment.

They said a similar scenario played itself out this week in the case of Al-Quds University astrophysicist Imad al-Barghouthi. He was indicted for incitement three days after a military appeals court ordered him released after ruling that there was insufficient evidence to justify the administrative detention order against him. Both cases, the sources claimed, demonstrate the ease with which prominent Palestinians can be detained.

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