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PLC Member Khaleda Jarrar Illegally Transferred to Jericho

PLC Member Khaleda Jarrar Illegally Transferred to Jericho

In the context of escalation by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank, and while they have resumed their offensive on the Gaza Strip, this morning, they issued a decision ordering transfer of Ms. Khalida Jarra, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) from Abu Ali Mustafa Bloc and Member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), from her place of residence in Ramallah to Jericho for six months, claiming that she endangers the security of the region.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, at approximately 01:45 on Wednesday, 20 August 2014, Israeli forces, accompanied by a police force, an intelligence officer and female soldiers, raided the house of Ms. Khalida Jarrar, Member of the PLC and Member of the PFLP Political Bureau, in Salam Za'rour Street near the Continuous Education Center in the center of Ramallah. An Israeli officer delivered to her a military notice ordering her transfer from Ramallah to Jericho until 19 February 2015, claiming that "she poses a threat to the security of the region, so she must be put under special monitoring." Ms. Jarrar stated to PCHR that the notice was written in Hebrew, but the officer read it to her in Arabic and requested her to sign it, but she refused. The officer then gave her a map that specifies her movement inside Jericho.

PCHR strongly condemns the decision to transfer PLC Member Khalida Jarrar to Jericho, and stresses that it violates Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, which states: "Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive." In this context, PCHR calls upon the international community to immediately act to stop all Israeli crimes, and reiterates its call for the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1 of the Convention to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances, and their obligations under Article 146 of the Convention to search for and prosecute those suspected of perpetrating grave breaches of the Convention.

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