Releasing journalist Samah Dweik after serving her 6-month prison sentence…sentencing two young men
September 19, 2016

The administration of Hasharon prison released on Monday 25-year old journalist Samah Ala’ Eddin Dweik after serving her 6-month prison sentence on charges of “incitement” on Facebook.

Family and friends of Samah Dweik were waiting outside the gates of Hasharon prison for several hours due to a delay in releasing her. She headed towards Al-Aqsa Mosque and then to her house in the neighborhood of Ras Al-Amoud, Silwan.

Dweik was arrested on 10/4/2016 after raiding her house and confiscating some of her personal items (cell phones, computer and books). An indictment was submitted against her including charges of publishing 18 posts on her Facebook account talking about Martyrs and “uprising”.

The family was prevented from visiting her inside the prison when she was first arrested and only saw her during court sessions.

Sentencing two young men

On the other hand, the head of Jerusalemites detainees and prisoners families committee, Amjad Abu Asab, explained that the District court sentenced 19-year old Yousef Ribhi Murtada Rajabi for 9 years of actual imprisonment. He was arrested on 24/11/2015 and was accused of “possession of a knife and an attempt to carry out a stabbing attack”. Rajabi was transferred between several prisons and is currently detained in Rimon prison; he is a resident of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The judge also sentenced 23-year old Usama Mahmoud Rajabi for 5 years and 3 months of actual imprisonment. He was arrested on 8/9/2016 and was convicted of several charges regarding Al-Aqsa Mosque. He was also transferred between several prisons and is currently detained in Nafha prison; he is a resident of the Old City of Jerusalem.