In a statement, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly denounced the sentencing of Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Member and a member of the political leadership of the PFLP, one of the PLO’s constituent factions, Khalida Jarrar.
“There is no legal basis for Khalida’s sentencing,” Ashrawi said. “The actions of the Israeli military court are politically motivated and are part of a deliberate attack on Palestinian politicians. This also constitutes a blatant violation of Khalida’s parliamentary immunity.”
Ashrawi, on behalf of the PLO, demanded the immediate release of Khalida and all imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarians, and called on the High Contracting Parties of the Fourth Geneva Convention to hold Israel accountable for its blatant violations of international law, particularly the rights of Palestinian political prisoners, and urgeed Israel to adhere to international law and conventions regarding the immunity of elected officials. “It is high time for the dehumanization and the captivity of the Palestinian people to end.”