April 2015        

Release Khalida Jarrar!

There are now eighteen members of the elected Palestinian Legislative Council imprisoned by Israel, nine under administrative detention without trial or charge. Members of the council have been repeatedly and systematically targeted by Israeli occupation forces.
     The Khalida Jarrar Solidarity Campaign is being reactivated to demand her immediate release. Take action to support Khalida Jarrar!
     1. Send a message to the Israeli occupation forces and demand the immediate release of Khalida Jarrar. (See below.) It is important that the occupation learns that Khalida has supporters around the world who will not be silent in the face of this injustice.
     2. Sign and share this petition, demanding freedom for Khalida Jarrar immediately.
     3. Contact your TDs or member of the EU Parliament. The attack on Khalida is an attack on Palestinian parliamentary legitimacy and political expression. Parliamentarians have a responsibility to pressure Israel to cancel this order.
     4. Use the campaign resources to inform your community, parliamentarians and others about Khalida’s case.
     5. Protest at the Israeli embassy for Khalida Jarrar. Bring posters and leaflets about her case, and hold a protest, or join a protest, with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include Khalida’s case in your next event about Palestine and social justice.
     6. Boycott, divest, and sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign for an end to investments in companies that profit from the occupation. Learn more at bdsmovement.net.
     Send the following letter to the Israeli government and occupation forces and demand her immediate release:

To Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister / Major-General Dani Efroni:
     I write today to demand the immediate release of the Palestinian member of parliament Khalida Jarrar. A long-time prisoners’ rights activist and political leader, she was arrested in her home in Ramallah in the early morning hours of 2 April 2015, which was stormed by dozens of soldiers while her husband was locked in another room.
     The targeting of Palestinian political leaders for arrest by Israeli occupation forces is an obvious attempt to silence and suppress Palestinian demands for freedom from occupation and apartheid. The arrest of Khalida Jarrar is also an attack on Palestinian women’s leadership and organising.
     Thousands of people and organisations around the world stood with Khalida Jarrar against the illegal forced transfer and expulsion by the Israeli occupation forces last autumn, and we stand with her now and demand her immediate release.
     The world is watching, and we stand with Khalida against this injustice.

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