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Israel detains Palestinian woman for 'incitement' on Facebook

April 20, 2017 at 10:41 pm

Israeli forces reportedly detained a 22-year-old Palestinian woman from occupied East Jerusalem for alleged “incitement” on her personal Facebook page.

Israeli media reported that the woman was to be presented to an Israeli court today to extend her detention following her interrogation.


Earlier this week, Israeli news daily Haaretz reported that Israeli forces have detained at least 400 Palestinians in less than a year over social media activity, citing sources from the Israeli army and Israel’s internal security service the Shin Bet, with only “some” of the detainees having faced trial.

Previous reports indicated a lesser rate of so-called Facebook arrests, saying 400 were detained over the last two-year period. Meanwhile, the Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement 7amleh said in January that among these, only 200 Palestinians were involved in court cases.