Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian feminist,  lawyer, educator, elected parliamentarian,   has been a human rights activist for many years.

Her activism  in support of Palestinian prisoners, as the director of Addameer, a Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights NGO in  Ramallah West bank,  draws the ire of the Israeli regime. 

But it’s her efforts over the years to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) that especially angers the regime. 

Her first of several arrests began on 8 March 1989 when she was detained for participating in a demonstration on International Women’s Day

A few days ago, on 01 March, she was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment..just in time for International Women’s Day 2021.

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Khalida has been arrested many times. 

The current ‘legal’ situation began on  2 July 2017, when she was  detained by the Israeli regime for an alleged offense related to national security.

In June, 2018, her detention was extended for another four months,  then renewed  until 28 February 2019. She was released on 28 February 2019 after 20 months in ‘administrative detention’, ie without any charge or trial made against her.

But the Occupation regime was not through with her. 

Khalida Jarrar  was rearrested on October 2019, by over 70 armed Israeli soldiers who invaded her Ramallah home. She is currently held, as usual, under an  Israeli law known as ‘administrative detention’. This law, used frequently against Palestinians,  is inconsistent with international law, inconsistent with the most basic requirements of fair trial in democratic countries, as prisoners are incarcerated for prolonged periods, without charge or due process.

The recent sentence means that the 57-year old lawyer,  human rights activist, with serious health problems, will not be released until the end of October 2021. 

Isn’t it long past time for the West to stop ignoring the many atrocities committed by the Israeli regime? Silence is complicity.

International Women’s Day 2021 should be the day that Kiwi women demanded that Khalida Jarrar be released..demanded too that our women MPs showed some backbone and passion too, by  demanding that the Israeli regime release this woman.

International Women’s women’s solidarity ..freedom and justice for all women ..everywhere.


ps You can learn more about this amazing woman in Ramzy Baroud’s latest book These Chains will Be Broken  and also in a Nov 2018  Scoop article by Ramzy Baroud 


Lois Griffiths is a Human Rights Activist.


  1. Khalida Jarrar is a member of the terrorist group, PFLP, and has been implicated in the murder of Israeli teenager, Rina Shnerb, among other nefarious activities. She admitted to three meetings with the men who carried out the attack that took Rina’s life while she was out hiking with members of her family. Jarrar is lucky to get only 2 years and a fine and is not a suitable icon for IWD. More unbalanced obfuscation from Griffiths.

    • Do you mean the PFLP are a poor imitation of he IDF terror group who have murdered hundreds of Palestinians? The IDF victims belonged the almost two million people Israel confines to an area that is marginally smaller than Lower Hutt. You probably know people who have met criminals at some stage during their lives. Are they also guilty of the crimes of the person or people they met? More irrational obfuscation from Gaby the perennial propagandist.

  2. Perhaps Lois could give us an article on how Palestinian men oppress their women and treat them like second class citizens: honour killings, FGM, child marriage, beatings, marital rape etc. That would make interesting reading.

  3. Talk sense Gaby,
    You should know better than to be an apologist for a racist regime.
    The Griffiths have been many times to Palestine and understand well the situation.

  4. from Samidoun Palestine Prisoners solidarity Network

    “As we commemorate International Working Women’s Day around the world this 8 March, there are 35 Palestinian women in Israeli jails, representing all facets of Palestinian society: students, activists, organizers, parliamentarians, journalists, health workers, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, strugglers, freedom fighters. Palestinian women have always been at the center of the liberation movement through all aspects of struggle and have led within the prisoners’ movement, organizing hunger strikes and standing on the front lines of struggle even behind bars.

    On International Working Women’s Day, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes the leading role of Palestinian women in struggle and urges the immediate release of all Palestinian women prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons.”

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