28 June 2018

Over 200 organizations have joined together to call for the immediate release of Khalida Jarrar, the imprisoned Palestinian feminist, leftist parliamentarian. Jarrar, a leading advocate for Palestinian prisoners’ rights, has been jailed without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention for nearly a year.

The organizations who have expressed their support for Jarrar’s freedom include political parties, feminist groups, Palestinian community and Palestine solidarity groups, Indigenous justice, prison abolition and prison justice organizations, human rights organizations, legal groups and more from over 20 countries.

Jarrar has been jailed since 2 July 2017, when she was seized in a night raid on her home in El-Bireh by Israeli occupation forces. On 14 June 2018, she was informed that her detention would be extended for another four months, a sentence that is scheduled to be confirmed in an Israeli military court on 2 July 2018.

We are calling for days of action for the freedom of Khalida Jarrar between 30 June and 2 July. It is more important than ever that our voices are heard and our actions are visible. Protests are already being organized in New York and elsewhere around the world. You can download flyers, materials and visit petitions to join the campaign here: http://samidoun.net/2018/06/take-action-to-free-khalida-jarrar-june-30-july-2-organize-for-freedom/

You are invited to add your organization’s name to the following statement to demand freedom for imprisoned Palestinian leader Khalida Jarrar! We will continue to update this statement and re-release with additional signatories. To endorse, please use the form or email [email protected] with your group’s name.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

khalisa statement June 2018


Freedom for Khalida Jarrar!

End administrative detention!

We, the undersigned organizations, come together to demand freedom for Palestinian political leader Khalida Jarrar, prominent leftist, feminist, prisoners’ rights advocate and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. She has been imprisoned without charge and without trial since July 2017 – and now the Israeli military occupation has declared that her imprisonment will be extended for an additional four months.

On July 2, 2017, Khalida Jarrar’s home was raided by Israeli occupation soldiers in a pre-dawn raid. She was ordered shortly thereafter to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial. She is one of approximately 450 Palestinians held under administrative detention, a relic of the British colonial mandate that has been used by the Israeli occupation to jail thousands of Palestinian community and political leaders, and one of approximately 6,100 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

In December 2017, her detention was renewed for another six months. Now, another military order declares that she will be imprisoned for four more months. Administrative detention orders can be issued for up to six months at a time and are indefinitely renewable. Palestinians can spend years at a time jailed under these orders, never knowing when they could be released, if ever.

As Addameer notes, “This practice of arbitrary detention is a grave violation of international laws and human rights standards, particularly articles 78 and 72 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which state that an accused individual has the right to defend him/herself. This also violates Article 66 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the basic standards of fair trial.”

On July 2, an Israeli military court is scheduled to approve the detention order. Jarrar, like all administrative detainees, has boycotted these hearings since February, as they are mere rubber-stamp sessions used as a fig leaf to “legitimize” the arbitrary imprisonment of Palestinians.

Jarrar is a Palestinian political leader, representing the Abu Ali Mustafa Bloc, allied with the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, in the Palestinian Legislative Council. She is a frequent leader and participant in demonstrations and popular actions for Palestinian freedom, a a long-time Palestinian political prisoners’ advocate and former executive director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and now a member of its board, and chair of the Prisoners’ Committee of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

She has also been active in the Palestinian women’s movement since her earliest days as a university student organizing with other female students to challenge the occupation. She is a leading organizer of International Women’s Day events in Palestine and coordinates closely with Palestinian women’s organizations. “Palestinian women are full partners in the Palestinian struggle,” she emphasizes.

Khalida Jarrar is heavily involved in the fight to hold Israeli officials accountable for war crimes in the International Criminal Court. She is a member of a Palestinian commission charged with bringing complaints and files before the international court about ongoing Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people, from attacks on Gaza to land confiscation and settlement construction to mass arrests and imprisonment.

Since 1998, she has been forbidden to travel outside occupied Palestine. When she needed medical treatment in Jordan in 2010, she struggled for months in a public campaign before finally receiving it. The Israeli occupation attempted to forcibly displace her from her home to Jericho in 2014, and in 2015, arrested and jailed her 14 months for her political activities.

The extended administrative detention of Khalida Jarrar is an attempt to remove an effective, grassroots leader from the Palestinian national movement. Especially now, when people are taking to the streets throughout occupied Palestine and thousands are marching in Gaza for the Great Return March, leaders like her are targeted for arrest and imprisonment in an attempt to defuse the Palestinian struggle.

Khalida Jarrar is being targeted as a Palestinian leader, a Palestinian voice for justice, and an active Palestinian woman. Her imprisonment is yet another attack by the Israeli colonial state against the Palestinian people struggling for freedom, and administrative detention and the mass imprisonment of Palestinians are two of the weapons used in an attempt to break the Palestinian liberation movement.

We come together today to demand the immediate release of Khalida Jarrar, an end to the policy and practice of administrative detention and freedom for Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. We pledge to struggle for justice through protests, actions, organizing and escalating boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) actions against Israel, in Khalida’s own spirit of resistance.


  1. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  2. Al-Awda NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition
  3. Action Antifasciste NP2C
  4. Actions4Palestine
  5. Alkarama Movement of Palestinian Women
  6. Al-Quds Day Committee of New York
  7. American Muslims for Palestine – NY/NJ
  8. American Party of Labor
  9. Anticapitalistas
  10. Anti-Imperialist Action Ireland
  11. Anti-Zionist and Anti-Imperialist Friends of Palestine
  12. ArbeiterInnenmacht (Germany)
  13. Arbeiter*innenstandpunkt (Austria)
  14. Association Belgo-Palestinienne
  15. Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)
  16. Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), India
  17. Association France-Palestine Solidarité
  18. Association France-Palestine Solidarité — Groupe du Pays de Cornouaille
  19. AFPS 63 (Association France Palestine Solidarité 63)
  20. AFPS 59/62
  21. AFPS Albertville
  22. AFPS Alès-Cévennes
  23. AFPS Paris 14-6
  24. Associazione Amicizia Sardegna Palestina
  25. Assopace Palestina – Italy
  26. ATIK – Confederation of Workers from Turkey in Europe
  27. Balfour Declaration Centenary Campaign
  28. BDS Berlin
  29. BDS France Saint-Étienne
  30. BDS Italia
  31. BDS Turkey
  32. BDS UChile (Universidad de Chile)
  33. BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish
  34. BDS Zürich
  35. Belgian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)
  36. Black Alliance for Peace
  37. Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within (aka Boycott from Within – Israeli citizens for BDS)
  38. Bruxelles Panthéres
  39. Cafe Palestina of the Southern Berkshires
  40. California Coalition for Women Prisoners
  41. Campagne BDS France
  42. Campagne unitaire pour la libération de Georges Ibahim Abdallah (Paris)
  43. Campaign to Boycott Supporters of “Israel” in Lebanon
  44. Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat
  45. Canada Palestine Association
  46. Canadian BDS Coalition
  47. Canadian Friends of Sabeel
  48. Centre de la Communauté Démocratique Kurde de Toulouse
  49. Cercle de Silence – Amiens
  50. Coalition for Justice – Blacksburg
  51. Coalition of Women for Peace
  52. CODEPINK – Women for Peace
  53. Colectivo Contraimpunidad
  54. Collectif de Soutien à la Résistance Palestinienne 59-62
  55. Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine
  56. Collectif pour la Libération de Georges Ibrahim Abdallah
  57. Colletivo Palestina Rossa
  58. Comité Internacional Paz,Justicia y Dignidad a los Pueblos
  59. Comité de Vigilance pour la Démocratie en Tunisie
  60. Comité Poitevin Palestine
  61. Committee to Stop FBI Repression – National
  62. Committee to Stop FBI Repression – NY
  63. Committees for a Democratic Palestine – Europe
  64. Communist Party, Sweden
  65. Coordinamento di Solidarietà con la Palestina – Sicilia
  66. Corsica Internaziunalista
  67. Corvallis Palestine Solidarity
  68. Coup Pour Coup 31
  69. Dun Padraig Friends of Palestine
  70. Egitim Sen Istanbul 6 Nolu Üniversiteler Subesi
  71. Eye On Palestine Arts and Film Festival
  72. Familles de prisonniers pour la Justice – Belgique
  73. Femmes en lutte 93
  74. F.O.R. Palestine (Berlin)
  75. Free Gaza Movement
  76. Free Palestine Movement
  77. Freedom Archives
  78. Freedom Road Socialist Organization
  79. Friends of Palestine Network
  80. Friends of Sabeel North America
  81. Frihet åt Ahed Tamimi Göteborg
  82. Fronte Palestina
  83. Gaza Action Ireland
  84. General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS Aix-Marseille)
  85. General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS France)
  86. Gents Actieplatform Palestina
  87. Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
  88. Greek Front of Resistance and Solidarity with Palestine “Ghassan Kanafani”
  89. Green Mountain Solidarity with Palestine
  90. Greenville for Gaza
  91. Handala Center for Prisoners and Former Prisoners – Palestine
  92. Harakat Shaab – Lebanon
  93. HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) Central Women’s Assembly
  94. Hilombé Solidaridad
  95. Human Rights Defenders
  96. ICAHD
  97. If Americans Knew
  98. Independent Jewish Voices – Canada
  99. Indivisible Midlands
  100. Inminds Human Rights Group
  101. intal
  102. International Action Center
  103. International Association of Democratic Lawyers
  104. International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
  105. International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) Spain
  106. International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network – Canada
  107. International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS)
  108. International Red Help
  109. International Women’s Alliance
  110. Internationalt Forum – Denmark
  111. Invictapalestina – Documentation Center
  112. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  113. Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association (IRPWA)
  114. Irish Socialist Republicans
  115. ISM France
  116. Izquierda Unida – Spain
  117. Jacksonville Community Action Committee
  118. Jacksonville Palestine Solidarity Network
  119. Jericho Movement – National
  120. Jericho Movement – New York City
  121. Jersey City Peace Movement
  122. Jeune Garde Lyon
  123. Jeunes Révolutionnaires Genève
  124. Jeunes Révolutionnaires Vaud
  125. Jewish Liberation Theology Institute
  126. Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)
  127. Jewish Women for Justice in Israel/ Palestine
  128. Jews Against Genocide (JAG)
  129. Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
  130. Justice For Palestinians, Calgary
  131. Justice for Palestinians – San Jose
  132. Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights – Philippines
  133. Katie Miranda Studios
  134. Kia Ora Gaza (New Zealand)
  135. Kickapoo Peace Circle
  136. LA4Palestine
  137. Labor for Palestine
  138. La Voix des Prisonnier.ère.s Politiques de Turquie et Kurdistan
  139. Le Collectif Rouge Internationaliste pour la libération des prisonniers révolutionnaires (Paris)
  140. Le Comité d’action et de soutien aux luttes du peuple marocain (Paris)
  141. League for the Fifth International
  142. Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre
  143. Links Ecologisch Forum/Forum Gauche Ecologie – LEF-FGE
  144. Libérons-les
  145. London Palestine Action
  146. Manchester Palestine Action
  147. Mouvement Citoyens Palestine
  148. National Campaign to Free Georges Abdallah – Lebanon
  149. National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy
  150. National Lawyers Guild International Committee
  151. National Lawyers Guild- Massachusetts Chapter
  152. National Student Federation (Pa
  153. New Orleans Workers Group
  154. Newry Palestinian Support Group
  155. NION (Not In Our Name)
  156. No One Is Illegal – Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
  157. NY4Palestine
  158. NYU Disorientation Guide
  159. NYU Jewish Voice for Peace
  160. NZ Palestine Solidarity Network
  161. Palestine Democratic Forum
  162. Palestine International Network – Lebanon
  163. Palestine Solidarity Committee – Austin, TX
  164. Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton
  165. Palestinian Child and Youth Institute (PCYI)
  166. Palestinian Cultural Club – American University of Beirut
  167. Palestinian Cultural Club – Beirut
  168. Palestinian Progressive Student Bloc
  169. Palestinian Refugee Portal
  170. Palestinian Support Centre- Kingston ON
  171. Palbox
  172. Palestina Toma La Calle
  173. Palestinian Youth Movement – USA
  174. Partido Comunista de España
  175. Party for Socialism and Liberation
  176. Paz con Dignidad
  177. People Power Assembly Queens
  178. People’s Power Assembly
  179. Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee
  180. Plate-Forme Charleroi-Palestine
  181. Popular Resistance
  182. Progetto Palestina
  183. Progressive Palestinian Youth Union
  184. Progressive Scouts Group – Gaza
  185. Progressive Student Labor Front (Palestine)
  186. Project South
  187. RAGE – Réseau d’Agitation Genève
  188. RedMed Web Network
  189. Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP
  190. Republican Network for Unity
  191. Revolutionary Socialist Movement (Pakistan)
  192. Revolutionary Workers Party (DİP) (Turkey)
  193. REVOLUTION (youth movement)
  194. Right of Return Coalition – Baddawi Camp, Lebanon (composed of 22 organizations)
  195. Saoradh
  196. Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  197. Secours Rouge Belgique / Red Help Belgium
  198. Secours Rouge Genève
  199. Sheffield Hallam Palestine Society
  200. Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine
  201. Sheffield Labour Students
  202. Sheffield Palestine Education Network
  203. Sodepaz Euskadi
  204. Solidarity with Palestine St. John’s
  205. Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University
  206. Students for Justice in Palestine – CCNY
  207. Students for Justice in Palestine – College of Staten Island
  208. Students for Justice in Palestine – Houston
  209. Students for Justice in Palestine – NYU
  210. Students for Justice in Palestine – Temple University
  211. Students for Justice in Palestine at University of South Carolina
  212. Syria Solidarity Movement
  213. Taqadomy Media Team
  214. TJA (Tevgera Jinên Azad)  – Free Women Movement
  215. The Bronx Green Party
  216. The Palestine Project
  217. The Red Nation
  218. Toronto BDS Action
  219. UNADIKUM Association
  220. United National Antiwar Campaign (UNAC)
  221. Union of Palestinian Communities and Institutions – Europe
  222. Unión de Juventudes Comunistas de España
  223. Unione Democratica Arabe Palestina (UDAP)
  224. Union juive française pour la paix (UJFP)
  225. United for Palestine Toronto/GTA
  226. University of Leeds – Palestine Solidarity Group
  227. University of Sheffield Palestine Society
  228. UGEP (Unión General de Estudiantes Palestinos Chile)
  229. US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI)
  230. US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
  231. Vermonters for Justice in Palestine
  232. Victoria Coalition against Israeli Apartheid
  233. Vlaams-Socialistische Beweging (Flanders)
  234. Vrede vzw
  235. WESPAC Foundation
  236. Within Our Lifetime • United for Palestine
  237. Women Against Military Madness
  238. Women In Solidarity With Palestine
  239. Women for Women’s Humans Rights – New Ways
  240. Women’s Solidarity Foundation (KADAV)-Turkey
  241. Workers World Party
  242. Young Democratic Socialists – University of South Carolina


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