‘Imprisoned But Free’: Letter from jailed Palestinian leader Khalida Jarrar to Suha, her late daughter – by Khalida Jarrar, Mondoweiss

On July 13, the Israeli authorities refused to allow the detained Palestinian political activist and legislator Khalida Jarrar to attend her daughter’s funeral after she died on July 11.  Jarrar was arrested at her home in Ramallah on 31 October, 2019, and was sentenced to two years in prison for being a member of the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), which Israeli law prohibits as a ‘banned organisation’ (MEMO, 2021).  The Israeli authorities upheld their decision even after local and international campaigns called for her to be allowed to attend her daughter’s funeral. Jarrar was unable to attend Suha’s funeral and wrote a letter, entitled ‘Imprisoned But Free’, which was read aloud at the funeral. In it, she directly addresses Suha: “They have stripped me from bidding you a final goodbye kiss…. Your absence is searingly painful, excruciatingly painful.”

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