Think of the political prisoners of our time… one in particular immediately jumps to mind, Nelson Mandela, especially when I hear others ask, “Who is or will be the Mandela in the Palestinian-Israeli situation…?” Mandela, among many other steps on paths to peace, founded The Elders (click here) in 2007. They are “independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights”.
I introduce you to Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and longtime advocate for Palestinian political prisoners. At 1 am on 2 Apr. 2015, her home in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank was raided and she was arrested (click here for info and actions to take). In Nov. 2014, Khalida met with several Canadians including Peter Larson (click here for Peter’s blog posting and a video with Khalida). Peter notes that: “In democratic countries, the arrest of a parliamentarian is a very unusual event. Jarrar’s arrest now brings to 16, the number of Palestinian parliamentarians who are held in Israeli jails.”
After years of advocating for others, the world is invited to advocate for Khalida Jarrar, political prisoner, and for her human rights… as she continues on her path to peace, from inside HaSharon prison in northern Israel (for more info, click here). Click here for an online petition.