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Israel releases Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar after 2 years in prison

Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar is greeted by supporters near the West Bank town of Tulkarem, on June 3, 2016. (Majdi Mohammed/AP)
Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar is greeted by supporters near the West Bank town of Tulkarem, on June 3, 2016. (Majdi Mohammed/AP)

Israel releases Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar, a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), after two years in prison.

Israel, the United States, and the European Union consider the PFLP, one of several member parties of the Palestine Liberation Organization, to be a terrorist organization.

Jarrar was elected in 2006 to the Palestinian legislature as a PFLP representative. She has long been a well-known PFLP politician, focusing on women’s rights and the affairs of security prisoners in Israeli jails.

After an October 2019 terror attack by the PFLP took the life of Rina Shnerb, a 17-year-old Israeli girl, Israel arrested dozens of the organization’s members.

But Israeli military prosecutors failed to prove a connection between Jarrar and the attack to the satisfaction of the court. She was ultimately convicted of belonging to the PFLP, which is an illegal organization under Israeli law.

Jarrar’s daughter, Suha, died during her mother’s prison term, leading some Palestinians to call for Jarrar’s early release in order for her to attend her daughter’s funeral.

Israeli authorities did not approve the request, with Public Security Minister Omer Barlev later explaining that it was not legally feasible.

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