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Israel rearrests Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar one year after her release

Khalida Jarrar was arrested in an overnight raid in the Ramallah area [AFP]

Date of publication: 2 July, 2017

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Khalida Jarrar, 45, was re-arrested in an overnight Israeli military raid across the occupied West Bank on Sunday, over her leadership in a Palestinian movement.
Israeli authorities re-arrested a prominent Palestinian lawmaker in an overnight military raid across the occupied West Bank, officials said on Sunday.

Khalida Jarrar was arrested in the raid in the Ramallah area over her leadership in a movement Israel considers a terrorist organisation, Israel's army said.

The 54-year-old woman was released in June 2016 on a suspended sentence after 14 months in an jail for allegedly encouraging attacks against Israelis.

Jarrar is a senior figure in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [PFLP], a leftist party considered a terrorist organisation by Israel, along with many other Palestinian political factions.

Many of the PFLP leaders are in custody and Jarrar has been jailed multiple times. She has accused the Israeli military prosecution of striving to keep her detained as long as possible.

She said she "did not expect anything from military courts. They are a joke, it's like a big theatre, I do not trust them and my detention has been political since the beginning," according to Ma'an.

Israel's army alleged that "after her [2016] release she returned to the activity in the PFLP terror organisation," calling her one of its senior leaders in the West Bank.

"She was apprehended for her involvement in the PFLP and not because of her membership in the (Palestinian parliament)," an army spokeswoman said.

Israeli authorities said they had also arrested Khatim Khativ, whom they said was a senior PFLP leader as well.

Jarrar is a member of the Palestinian parliament, which has not met since 2007 after elections a year earlier were won by the Islamist movement Hamas.

Addameer, a prisoners' support and rights group, said a total of 11 people had been arrested in the raid, including Jarrar and Khitam Saafin, who it identified as chairwoman of the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees.

"The arrest of Khalida Jarrar constitutes an attack against Palestinian political leaders and Palestinian civil society as a whole," it said in a statement.

"It also constitutes one arrest in the context of continuous arrest campaigns against Palestinians."

At least 12 other Palestinian lawmakers are currently detained by Israel.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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