Anderson calls for release of Khalida Jarrar

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson has called for the release of Palestinian politician Khalida Jarrar after she was arrested by Israeli forces yesterday morning.

Martina Anderson said:

“Israeli occupation forces detained Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar during military raids carried out across the occupied West Bank yesterday morning.

“This brings the number of Palestinian lawmakers imprisoned by Israel to 13.

“I travelled to Palestine in February of last year and met with Khalida Jarrar and heard first-hand how prisoners are confined to tiny cells, subjected to physical and verbal abuse and how prisoners are often chained to chairs in dark rooms for long periods of time.

“Palestinian prisoners have to endure their rights being abused. They are subject to trial by military courts; they are tortured and placed in isolation.

“Since 1967, over 800,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, the arrest of Khalida Jarrar is another in a long line of attacks against the Palestinian Legislative Council. She must be released immediately.”