A Judge at the Ofer Military Court decided on Thursday to extend the administrative detention order against the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member Khalida Jarrar for the full four-month detention period, ending on October 29, 2018.
- Administrative detention is the arrest and detention of individuals by the state without charge or trial. It is applicable on a renewable six month term.
According to a statement by ADDAMEER Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the judge said in his decision that he agreed to approve the full four-month detention period, claiming that there are new materials confirming the previously-collected information about PLC member Khalida. She is still posing a threat to the “security of the state” despite her one-year administrative detention. Her release would now constitute a threat to security. The decision to approve the entire detention period was for the purpose of maintaining public security. This was in the approval session that was held on Monday, 2 July 2018.
ADDAMEER stated that “The judge’s statement that the administrative detention order for the entire period was approved against PLC member Khalida Jarrar to balance the detainee’s right to freedom and the principle of maintaining public security is unreasonable. He issued this statement after PLC member Khalida spent a one-year administrative detention, especially that the occupying state violates the provisions of Article 78 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which affirms that this form of detention can only be used in cases of extreme necessity and for the shortest possible period.”
ADDAMEER called to immediately release the administrative detainee, PLC member Khalida Jarrar, and all administrative detainees. It also called upon the signatory parties to the Geneva Conventions to respect the first joint article of the Convention and to take all necessary measures to compel the occupying state to respect its responsibilities under international humanitarian law.
According to the statistics of ADDAMEER Association, the occupation forces have been detaining about 430 administrative detainees, including two children and four deputies of the Legislative Council. Administrative detainees are still boycotting military courts for the fourth consecutive month since February 2018. For its part, the Israel Prison Service (IPS) is still trying to end the boycott by forcing detainees to attend military court sessions by force. As for lawyers, the occupation forces have threatened some of them with financial penalties and filing complaints against them if they continue the boycott.