PA lawmaker sent to six months in jail without trial

IDF had detained PLFP member Khalida Jarrar for violating injunction restricting her movement in the West Bank

PFLP member Khalida Jarrar (image capture: YouTube)
PFLP member Khalida Jarrar (image capture: YouTube)

The IDF issued a six-month administrative detention order on Sunday against Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar, who was arrested by Israel last week for violating a military order restricting her movement in the West Bank.

Central Command Chief Gen. Roni Numa issued the order against Jarrar, a senior figure in the left-wing militant group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine without an indictment or trial.

The IDF said it arrested the Palestinian Legislative Council member early Thursday in the West Bank city of Ramallah due to “substantial concerns about the safety and security of the region.”

Jarrar’s attorney, Mahmoud Hassan, contended that the detention was a premeditated move by Israel’s defense establishment.

He told Haaretz that Jarrar’s detention order was signed Thursday, the day of her arrest, meaning that it was prepared in advance.

Hassan said he intended to appeal the length of the detention at the Ofer military court on Wednesday.

The PFLP organization has been behind a number of attacks on Israeli civilians over a period of some 40 years.

As recently as November of last year, it took responsibility for a terror attack in which five people were shot and hacked to death with meat cleavers in an assault on a Jerusalem synagogue.

Last year, the military confined Jarrar’s movements to the city of Jericho and its surroundings.

The army said the restraining order was based on her “incitement and involvement in terror.”

She had long flaunted the Israeli ban.

The Palestine Liberation Organization denounced the arrest, calling Jarrar’s detention “illegal” on social media.

Jarrar was heavily involved in cementing the Palestinian Authority’s bid to join the International Criminal Court bid, a PLO spokesperson said.

AP contributed to this report.

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