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Anderson calls for release of imprisoned Palestinian politicians

14 April, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for the immediate release of all imprisoned members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. 

Ms Anderson, the chair of the European Parliament's Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council, said; 

"The recent arrest of Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar is the latest in a series of measures by Israel to deny democracy to the Palestinian people. 

"She is one of 16 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council currently detained by Israel. 

"Khalida Jarrar is a high-profile feminist and advocate for Palestinian prisoners and is Palestine's representative on the Council of Europe. 

"Her arrest comes just months after an Israeli military court attempted to forcibly transfer her from her home in Ramallah to Jericho. She led a high-profile campaign against the move and the order was quashed a month later. 

"The arrest of Khalida Jarrar and her colleagues and their transfer from occupied territory into Israel not only violates the Geneva Convention but also international conventions regarding the immunity of elected representatives. 

"I have written to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs to urge the institutions of the EU and its member states to call on Israel to release Khalida Jarrar and all other detained members of the Palestinian Legislative Council." 

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