Palestinian woman arrested for anti-Abbas Facebook post

Palestinian woman arrested for anti-Abbas Facebook post

Ramallah : Palestine | Apr 02, 2012 at 11:02 PM PDT
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Rights activists say a Palestinian university lecturer has been detained on accusations that her Facebook page insulted President Mahmoud Abbas.

Attorney general Ahmad al-Maghni told reporters Sunday that Ismat Abdul Khaliq posted a number of insulting comments which accused President Mahmoud Abbas of betrayal and called for disbanding the Palestinian Authority.

“Yes to bringing down the traitor Mahmoud Abbas," “Abbas is the fascist," and “Abbas has held a party of immorality and shame at the blood of martyrs” were some of the comments, he said.

"Any journalist is allowed to publish any information he wants to, after proving it with evidence rather than basing it on (rumors on) Facebook and other networking sites," al-Maghni added.

He confirmed the preventive security filed a complaint against her.

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate says Abdul Khaliq is not a member of the union.

Palestinians have been arrested for criticizing Abbas and the PA in the past, often after doing so on Facebook. In September 2011, PA forces arrested journalist George Canawati over a Facebook post.

Meanwhile, a newspaper reporter has been held on suspicion of defamation since last week, and two other reporters were briefly interrogated last week over their writings.

On his part, the spokesman of the West Bank security services said that thePalestinian Authority's security services have no security-related problem with any journalist , the recent detentions of three Palestinian journalists in the West Bank are not based on security complaints but legal charges filed by individuals.

Reporter Yousef al-Shayeb was detained a week ago, and on Wednesday a Palestinian court extended his remand for 15 days. He is being held while under investigation for libel and defamation over a Jordanian newspaper article published in January.

Ismat Abdul Khaliq was also detained this week after posting a number of comments on Facebook, and Tareq Khamis of Zaman press was briefly held on Sunday, the spokesman of the West Bank security services added.


Palestinian Authority police on Monday detained Jamal Hlaihel over a Facebook post deemed critical of the government, Human Rights Watch reported Tuesday.

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Palestinian woman arrested for anti-Abbas Facebook post
Lilyan, daughter of Palestinian Ismat Abdul-Khaleq, a West Bank university lecturer, holds a photograph of her mother at the family house in in the West Bank city of Ramllah, Monday, April 2, 2012.
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