Palestine: Israeli court extends detention of Palestinian journalist Lama Ghosheh

MEE Staff

Middle East Eye  /  September 8, 2022

It is the third time Ghosheh’s detention has been extended since her arrest over the weekend, facing an incitement charge.

Israel has extended the detention of a Palestinian journalist from occupied East Jerusalem, Lama Ghosheh, on charges of “incitement” through social media.

On Thursday, an Israeli magistrate’s court decided to keep Ghosheh in custody until next Tuesday upon a request of the Israeli Public Prosecution to complete an investigation.

It is the third time Ghosheh’s detention was extended since her arrest over the weekend.

Ghosheh’s husband, Yassin Sobeih, told local media that she is facing significant incitement charges through Facebook posts, which she denies.

Sobeih, a former political prisoner, said that Israeli authorities had scared his children during an arrest raid on the family home in Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem and vandalised most of its contents. Ghosheh’s laptop and smartphone were confiscated during the arrest.

Her lawyer said an arrest warrant was issued against her on the first of September, but the arrest occurred on Sunday.

Sheikh Jarrah was a flashpoint area in 2021 where hundreds of Palestinians protested against Israeli settlers’ attempts to seize properties from Palestinians. The protest became a focus of resistance in the occupied West Bank and ignited a war with Gaza Strip.

Ghosheh is the mother of two children, Karmel, five, and Qais, three. She is a journalist and currently working as a researcher at the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, north of Ramallah, and doing a master’s degree in Israeli studies.