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PCP vehemently condemns the detention by the Israeli army of a Palestinian MP and of other PFLP activists

PCP vehemently condemns the detention by the Israeli army of a Palestinian MP and of other PFLP activists

Press Office Statement - 4th July 2017

The PCP vehemently condemns the detention by the Israeli Army of Khaleda Jarrar, an MP of the Palestinian Legislative Council, of Khitem Saafin, Ihab Massoud and other activists of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine , on July 2, in the occupied Palestinain territory of the West Bank.

It should be recalled that Khaleda Jarrar had been previously detained by the Israeli Army in April 2015, having left prison in June 2016, following a broad campaign of international solidarity for her liberation.

The systematic arrests of Palestinian patriots is an integral part of the Zionist policy of occupation and repression, by Israel, against the Palestinian people and those forces, such as the PFLP, which courageously fight for the respect of, and to secure, their legitimate national rights.

Israel unacceptably holds in its jails over six thousand Palestinian political prisoners, among which several hundred in administrative detention, without any trial or formal charges, including underage youth. These prisoners have recently carried out a hunger strike for the respect of their rights and dignity.

The PCP considers that the Portuguese Government must strive and act, as required by the Constitution of the [Portuguese] Republic and within the framework of International Law, for the rights of the Palestinian people, namely for the respect of the rights of Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails, seeking their liberation.

The PCP demands the immediate release of Khaleda Jarrar and of all Palestinian political prisoners, and reaffirms its solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle for the creation of a sovereign and viable State, with the pre-1967 borders and capital in East Jerusalem, ensuring the right of return of refugees, as stated in numerous United Nations resolutions.

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