Haaretz, June 6, 2016


At first Israel wanted to detain [Khalida Jarrar] without trial; only after an international protest was she prosecuted in a military court for a series of offenses, most of which were ridiculous and silly: attending a book fair, paying a condolence call to a Palestinian family and the like. The fact that Jarrar is an elected representative meant to enjoy a degree of immunity is meaningless to the military justice system [....]

No security situation justifies the detention of a Palestinian legislator for her public activities. No stone-throwing validates the mass arrests of children, and nothing can rationalize detention without trial, a practice that is unacceptable and intolerable in a country governed by civil laws.