Condition of Woman Jailed for Insulting Abbas on Facebook Deteriorating in Isolation (JEWISH PRESS) By: Tibbi Singer 04/05/12)
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The Palestinian Ma’an news agency reports that the condition of Ismat
Abdul Khaliq, the Palestinian woman who had been arrested over her
critical writings about PA President Mahmoud Abbas, is deteriorating
in an isolation cell in prison.
Abdul Khaliq was seen by doctors late Tuesday before being returned
to her cell, said Nihad Abu Ghosh, a member of the Palestinian
Journalists Syndicate. He said the prosecution is refusing to let her
Prosecutors accuse Abdul Khaliq of writing a Facebook status update
criticizing Abbas. She has been held since last week after a court
extended her detention for 15 days, along with a newspaper reporter.
The arrest followed a complaint by the preventive security service,
PA officials said.
Abdul Khaliq was one of two Palestinians arrested in a week for
Facebook updates criticizing Abbas, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
Two news reporters have been detained during the same period.
Human Rights Watch called on the PA to “release Palestinians detained
without charge for criticizing the PA on their Facebook pages.”
In a press release, Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East Director at Human
Rights Watch, called on both the Palestinian Authority and Israel to
stop harassing and arresting journalists. “These attacks send a
chilling message about exercising the right to free expression,”
In an even handed rebuke of both Israel and the PA, the Human Rights
Watch release continued:
“The Palestinian Authority (PA) should not criminally prosecute Yusuf
al-Shayeb, a journalist detained without charge on March 26, 2012,
and released on April 2, Human Rights Watch said today. He is being
investigated for libeling PA officials whom he accused of spying and
corruption. The PA should also release Palestinians detained without
charge for criticizing the PA on their Facebook pages.
“Israeli authorities should not prosecute Adel Rweished, an
administrator at Al Quds University whom Israeli police detained on
April 2, 2012 during a raid on the university’s media center in
Jerusalem’s old city. Police broke up an event marking the launch of
a new website, and also arrested a security guard. They released both
men but summoned them for further questioning. The arrests were based
on an Israeli order stating that the Palestinian Authority had
organized the event, but Israeli officials provided no evidence to
support that claim, which university officials denied. Israel does
not allow the Palestinian Authority to operate politically in
Jerusalem. It was the second Israeli raid on media programs at Al
Quds University since February 29.” (© 2012 JewishPress. 04/05/12)
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