Israel arrests Palestinian journalist for writing on Facebook: ‘occupied Jerusalem’

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Nir Barkat

Nir Barkat

We published this story yesterday in Kate’s list, but it is important to break it out and hope that Americans read it. A Palestinian photojournalist is arrested for describing Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, above, as mayor of occupied Jerusalem on his facebook page after Barkat appeared in occupied East Jerusalem. (“The only democracy in the Middle East,” notes Max Blumenthal, whose book documents the routine nature of this sort of repression in Israel and Palestine.)

Interrogators described the statement as a form of “incitement.” But countries all around the world refuse to recognize Israel’s occupation of Jerusalem, which was supposed to be internationalized under UN plans.

From the international news site NSNBC. And reported by Saed Bannoura at International Middle East Media Center:

Police in the Israeli occupied part of Jerusalem arrested the Palestinian photojournalist Abed Rabbo, for publishing a photo of the Israeli head of the Jerusalem City Council, Nir Barkat, describing Barkat as “Mayor of Occupied Jerusalem”.

The designation of Nir Barakat as “Mayor of Occupied Jerusalem” came in response to Barkat’s participation in an opening ceremony for a public center in occupied East Jerusalem.

The International Middle East Media Center, IMEMC, reports that Israeli police arrested Rabbo in the evening of Tuesday 18 February, after Rabbo had published the photo of the head of the Jerusalem City Council and the designation as “Mayor of Occupied Jerusalem” on his Facebook page.

The Palestinian photojournalist was moved to the al-Maskobiyya interrogation facility, west of Jerusalem, where he was interrogated for more than one hour, reports IMEMC., adding that the interrogators told Rabbo that they wanted to question him about the publication of the photo of Nir Barakat and the statement that he was the “Mayor Of Occupied Jerusalem”.

IMEMC quotes Rabbo as saying that the interrogators described his Facebook post as “incitement”. The photo and designation were published within the context of comments about the Jerusalem City Council head’s visit to the Palestinian town Sur Baher during the opening ceremony for a public center. The town is located in the outskirts of the Israeli occupied East Jerusalem.

After being released Rabbo stated that his arrest and interrogation are part of Israel’s ongoing violations against Palestinian journalists as well as Palestinian media in the Israeli occupied Palestinian territories

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