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Activists urged to spread Palestinian prisoners' stories across the world

Palestinian resistance icon Khalida Jarrar insists ‘age of freedom will come’

JAILED politician Khalida Jarrar has insisted that “the age of freedom will come” as she urged people across the world to “carry and communicate” the stories of Palestinian prisoners.

The Palestinian feminist, lawyer and elected parliamentarian said that by doing so, “the walls of every prison may come tumbling down,” bringing freedom to the Palestinians.

Ms Jarrar has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance in the occupied West Bank, having been repeatedly jailed for her opposition to Israeli forces.

She is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Palestinian representative to the Council of Europe.

Ms Jarrar was one of three PFLP deputies elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in January 2006.

But she has been arrested many times and is now being held under administrative detention in an Israeli prison, whereby she can be detained indefinitely without trial or charge.

In a letter made public yesterday, she described the daily suffering and struggles that take place with prison guards and the authorities, but also the comrades “who become closer than your own family.”

They challenge the abusive system together with the same will and determination, Ms Jarrar explained, with the struggle manifesting in many forms — including “the simple act of refusing our meals, to confining ourselves to our rooms, to the most physically and physiologically strenuous of all efforts: the open hunger strike.”

But she said that prison is in reality “a microcosm of the much larger struggle of a people who refuse to be enslaved on their own land, and who are determined to regain their freedom ...

“The suffering and the human-rights violations experienced by Palestinian prisoners, which run contrary to international and humanitarian law, are only one side of the prison story,” she wrote.

Prison also shows the power of human will when men and women decide to fight back to reclaim their natural rights and embrace their humanity, the PFLP politician said.

And she called for people across the world to “play your part” by raising the voices of Palestinians, both those in Israeli prisons and those suffering under the Israeli occupation.

“Carry and communicate their message to the world so that, some day, the walls of every prison may come tumbling down, ushering in the age of Palestinian freedom,” she said.

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