Al-Jazeera journalists were arrested in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah district on Saturday. Israeli police accused her of assaulting officers.
The reporter was identified by Al Jazeera Givara Budeiri, a Jerusalem-based journalist for the Qatari network. She was released hours later and has denied the allegations against her, according to Al Jazeera.
“They come from everywhere. I don’t know why They kicked me to the wall,” Budeiri said. “They kicked me in the car very badly … They were kicking me from everywhere.”
Footage from the scene showed the reporter’s camera equipment broken in the background from where she was detained.
According to reports, Budeiri was given a 15-day restraining order barring her from leaving the neighborhood after she was released from custody.
Receive The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email and never miss out on our top stories. Sign up for free.
Police announced they had arrested two suspects in the neighborhood. male and female on charges of assaulting officers after they refused to be identified. A police spokesman told The Times of Israel that the reporter was among those arrested.
This picture is closer. Who is teasing who? “You report with a vest and photographer from your notebook and microphone in hand. Is it dangerous? Police say: Police forces work to maintain order in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood during protests: https://t.co/l7t8sUQv71 pic.twitter.com/3vqxCV11xy
— Jack khoury (@KhJacki) June 5, 2021
The network condemned the arrest. by calling it “Shameful behavior and a new chapter in the Israeli attack” and called for Budeiri’s immediate release. which happened shortly after
The Palestinian Information Ministry also condemned the arrest, saying it “indicates the severity of the occupation. which has simultaneously waged a violent war against journalists, especially in occupied Jerusalem,” the official Palestinian news agency Wafa said. reporting agency
according to the police report At that time there were protests in the neighborhood. This includes protesters throwing stones and fireworks at officials.
They destroyed Al Jazeera’s cameras, injuring both photographers and journalists. then arrested her
This is what US tax payers do. as a funder A brutal suppression tool that doesn’t respect life, let alone freedom of speech. This is the reality of Israel. pic.twitter.com/DNvKwKVSOH
— Dima Khatib Dima Khatib (@Dima_Khatib) June 5, 2021
in the past few months There have been frequent clashes in East Jerusalem over the expulsion of several Palestinian families from homes claimed by Jewish nationalists. Supreme Court to hear appeals from families in Sheijarrah but will only hold a meeting in December
The burgeoning expulsion of Sheikh Jarrah was the cause of major unrest in Jerusalem last month. That ended in sparking an 11-day conflict between the Hamas militants who rule the Gaza Strip and Israel. After violent protests spread to the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque. and urged Hamas to launch rockets at Jerusalem.
The expulsion was part of a 1970 Israeli law that allowed Jews to reclaim land in East Jerusalem that Jews owned before 1948. There is no similar law for Palestinians losing their homes in what is now Israel. During the Israeli War of Independence in 1948
Aaron Boxerman contributed to this report.