Palestinian human rights groups and political parties are condemning the arrest by Israeli occupation forces of a prominent leftist politician.
Israeli occupation forces raided the home of Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar early on Thursday morning near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank and took her to an “undisclosed location,” according to Palestinian prisoners rights group Addameer.
Her arrest brings to 16 the number of Palestinian lawmakers currently in Israeli detention.
Jarrar’s daughter Yaffa told Ma’an News Agency that occupation forces surrounded the home, then demanded to see her mother. Israeli soldiers searched the house, seized two computers and a mobile phone and took Jarrar away.
Israeli occupation forces said they detained Jarrar, 52, a prominent member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, “for being the leader of a ‘terrorist organization,’ [who] had encouraged ‘terror activities’ over the last few weeks,” Ma’an News Agency reported.
Israel considers most Palestinian political factions and all forms of armed resistance to occupation to be “terrorist.”
Last August, Israeli occupation forces issued Jarrar with an order banishing her to Jericho. She defied the order and has remained in her home in the town of al-Bireh.
Addameer, on whose board of directors Jarrar sits, condemned the arrest as “an attack against Palestinian political leaders and Palestinian civil society as a whole.”
It notes that Jarrar, who suffers from chronic health issues, has been denied permission to travel abroad for necessary medical treatment except for one occasion.
PCHR condemned Jarrar’s detention as part of Israel’s policy of collective punishment of Palestinian civilians in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Several Palestinian political factions also added their condemnation.
Ma’an News Agency notes that Jarrar’s detention “came just one day after Muna Qadan, a political affiliate of Islamic Jihad, was sentenced to 70 months in prison by Israeli authorities for alleged illegal political activity.”
Palestinian Authority complicity
While Israel carried out the arrest, Addameer points to the Palestinian Authority’s direct complicity, because Jarrar’s home is in so-called “Area A” – part of the one fifth of the occupied West Bank ostensibly under full PA control.
Under the terms of the Oslo accords, Israeli occupation forces coordinate their entry into Area A with PA forces.
“Allowing Israeli occupying forces to enter Ramallah means that in effect the so-called ‘security coordination’ 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,’” Addameer said.
“Security coordination” is the policy of active collaboration between Palestinian security forces and the Israeli occupation that PA de facto leader Mahmoud Abbas has termed “sacred.”