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Khalida Jarrar

Khalida Jarrar

Sector : Public Figures , Public Figures

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  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Female
  • Born in : 1963
  • Age : 53
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Khalida Jarrar (born 1963) is a Palestinian feminist, human rights activist and senior lawyer for the PLO. She is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine(PFLP) and the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). She was elected to PLC in January 2006 as one of the PFLP's three deputies and has continued to serve as an elected representative ever since. She is also the Palestinian representative on the Council of Europe and is currently head of the Prisoners Committee of the PLC. She played a major role in Palestine's application to join the International Criminal Court.On April 2, 2015, she was arrested and held in administrative detention. Subsequently, charges were brought and her trial began on 15 April 2015.
She has received her bachelor's and master's degrees in human rights and democracy from Bir Zeit University.

In 1985, after a five-year engagement, and when she had completed her master's degree at Bir Zeit, Jarrar married Ghassan Jarrar, a fellow student, and now a manufacturer of children's furniture, who, though he is no longer a political activist, has been arrested 14 times and spent 11 years, reportedly without trial or charges being laid, under administrative detention in Israeli prisons. The couple have two daughters, Yafa and Suha, both in Canada as doctoral students, respectively in law and environmental sciences, who grew up thinking soldiers pounding on one's doors, arrests and the imprisonment of parents was a normal part of children's lives. The couple live in al-Bireh, Ramallah. On 2 April 2015, at around 1:15 a.m., Jarrar was arrested at her home by Israeli soldiers. Her husband says that a unit of 50–60 soldiers smashed the front gate and broke into the house, but otherwise did not act violently. No reason was given him for the arrest, though a commander, a Captain Yihye, said she had flouted an earlier army order to leave her home. Soldiers tried to prevent the husband and wife from embracing as she left, but Yihye intervened to allow them to do so. According to the arrest warrant, she was involved in 'incitement and involvement in terror.'She was incarcerated in HaSharon prison.

On December 6, 2015 Jarrar received a 15 month jail sentence for belonging to an illegal organization and "incitement," with a suspended sentence of a year within a five year period. She was also fined $2,582.


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