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Israel refuses to release detained PFLP leader Khalida Jarrar for daughter’s funeral

July 13, 2021 at 10:31 am

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) member Khalida Jarrar, 56, speaks to journalists, following her release from an Israeli jail, in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, on February 28, 2019 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]

The Israeli authorities have refused to release detained Palestinian political activist MP Khalida Jarrar to attend her daughter’s funeral.

The Palestinian Commission for Prisoners Affairs Major General Qadri Abu Bakr contacted the International Committee of the Red Cross and demanded to exercise all possible pressures to release leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Khalida Jarrar to attend her daughter’s funeral, who died of a cardiac arrest the day before.

Dozens of Palestinian protesters gathered on Monday evening in front of Ofer Prison demanding the release of Khalida so that she could bid her daughter farewell.

The PFLP confirmed that it had launched a local and international campaign to pressure the Israeli prison administration to release Khalida. Another campaign was also launched on social media.

Jarrar was arrested at her home in Ramallah on 31 October, 2019, and was sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting violence” and belonging to a “banned organisation”, with reference to the PFLP. She is slated to be released from prison in September.

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