First Time To See Family Since Her Abduction; Jarrar Hugs Her Daughters

Palestine IDF soldier on streets for weekly protest. Image Source: CPT Palestine, Flickr, Creative Commons.

Palestine IDF soldier on streets for weekly protest.
Image Source: CPT Palestine, Flickr, Creative Commons.

Ramallah, Occupied Territories (IMEMC) – More than eighty days have passed since Israeli soldiers kidnapped the democratically elected leftist legislator Khalida Jarrar from her home in Ramallah, but it was only Monday that she was able to see her daughters and hug them, in an Israeli court.

Israeli soldiers were surrounding Jarrar when her daughters, Yaffa and Suha, tried to approach her in court, and watched them hug their mother shortly before asking them to step away.

The soldiers initially tried to prevent them from approaching, or even talk to her, in the Ofer military court, west of Ramallah.

They even threatened to place Jarrar in solitary confinement should her daughters approach her, or talk to her, but after a few minutes of talking with the daughters and their mother’s lawyer, the soldiers allowed them to approach her.

Yaffa and Suha were telling their mother how proud they are of her, her steadfastness and strong determination, despite her imprisonment and suffering.

The court session only lasted a few minutes; the defense told the court that the whole case against Jarrar is purely political.

“The charges are ridiculous, for political activities in the open, activities that did not violate any law,” the lawyer told Al-Jazeera correspondent Elias Karram, “The arrest of Jarrar is illegal, and is not based on any legal foundations.”

Following a few minutes of deliberation, the court decided to delay the hearing until further notice, as the defense attorney demanded the Israeli prosecution to present its case and the alleged “proofs,” and said it cannot perform its duties and defend the imprisoned legislator if the prosecution does even present a clear case, instead of allegations, against the defendant.

The army kidnapped the 52-year-old legislator, senior political leader of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and a democratically elected legislator, on April 2, 2015.

On April 5, an Israeli military court held a hearing to discuss the file of the detained leftist Legislator, and sentenced her to six months under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges.

On April 15, the military prosecutor filed an indictment of twelve charges against the feminist leader, including “membership with an illegal organization,” in addition to “holding and participating in protests in solidarity with political prisoners.”

Around 1:10 on this film, you can watch her embrace her daughters.