Israel prolongs detention of Palestinian MP by 4 months

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – The Israeli authorities on Thursday extended a jailed Palestinian lawmaker's administrative detention by four months.

In June of last year, Khalida Jarrar was arrested from her home in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Since then, she has been held without trial under Israel’s controversial “administrative detention” policy.

Jarrar stands accused of committing several "security offenses", including membership in the banned Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which Israel considers a "terrorist" group.

Under Israel's longstanding policy of administrative detention, suspects can be held without trial or charge for renewable six-month periods.

According to Palestinian figures, some 6,400 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons, including 500 in administrative detention.