Held for a Year Without Trial, Israel Extends Detention of Palestinian Lawmaker Khalida Jarrar
The Israeli army extended by four months the detention of Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar, military officials confirmed on Sunday. Jarrar, who has yet to stand trial, has been in "administrative detention" since July. As is the case with such arrests, the information against her remains confidential.
The army claimed in the past it had "intelligence pointing to Jarrar being an activist in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which is defined as a terrorist organization."
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Jarrar’s detention was previously extended in December, after defense officials found "she still poses a tangible risk."
Jarrar, a resident of the town of al-Bireh near Ramallah in the West Bank, was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 as a member of the PFLP, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S., Canada and the European Union.
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In April 2015, Jarrar was arrested and held in administrative detention for six months and then charged with security-related offenses. In December 2015, she was sentenced to 15 months in prison after a plea bargain between the military prosecutor and her lawyers. She was released in June 2016, before being placed in administrative detention for a second time last July.