Israel arrests two more Palestinian journalists
Israeli occupation forces arrested two more Palestinian journalists in less than a week, bringing the number of journalists detained in Israeli prisons to five.
The Israeli occupation forces arrested Wednesday evening female journalist, Isra’a Salhab (26 years) from the city of Jerusalem after being summoned for interrogation on Wednesday afternoon, three days following the detention of Palestinian journalist and broadcaster, Raed el-Sharif, who works at Marah Radio, in the city of Hebron.
Suhaib Salhab, the brother of the journalist Isra’a, presenter of ‘Ahrar’ show at Alquds television channel, that the police of the occupation summoned his sister in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, after two hours, she was seen handcuffed. She told her parents that the occupation forces extended her detention for further 24 hours, and that she is expected to appear before the court today.
Salhab’s brother appealed to human rights organizations to do their utmost to release his sister, and to protect the Palestinian journalists from the Israeli occupation’s violations of their rights.
Director of (AWMW), Arab Women Media Watch Centre in UK, Iqbal Tamimi, joined Salhab’s family’s appeal and expressed her concerns about other Palestinian journalists who are still detained by the Israeli occupation and the systematic targeting and abuse of rights of journalists by the Israeli occupying authorities.
Director of the Palestinian Centre for Media Freedoms (MADA) Musa Rimawi, on the other hand, confirmed that the number of journalists detained in Israeli prisons has risen to five. Along with Isra’a Salhab and Raed el-Sharif, the Israeli authorities detained the Director of the West Bank office of Palestine Newspaper, Walid Khalid Director, and Nawaf al-Amer, Director of the programs at al-Quds Channel, and Amer Abu Arafa, the correspondent of Shahab news agency. Not to mention, the Jewish settlers who attacked Aljazeera television crew by stones on their way back from a reporting mission near the city of Ramallah, and assaulting four Palestinian journalists while reporting on weekly march in the town of Bait Ommar near the city of Hebron.
A report by (MADA) highlighted the polices implemented by the Israeli occupation to disrupt the work of journalists, such as extending the administrative detention of journalist, Nawaf Al-Amer, the coordinator of al- Quds Television, and the trying journalist Mahmoud Abu Atta, for filming a group of settlers in Jerusalem, and denying the news editor of Al Quds newspaper, Al AbdulKarim Abu Arqoob access to his office and cancelling his permit, that grants him access to the headquarters of the newspaper in Jerusalem