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After 14 years in prison, Palestinian re-detained week after being released

Aug. 19, 2016 8:03 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 21, 2016 5:12 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a former Palestinian prisoner, who was released by Israeli authorities on Monday after spending 14 years in Israeli custody, at dawn on Friday from the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.

The detainee, identified by locals as Sufian Fakhri Abdo, was transferred to Israel’s Russian compound detention center for interrogation.

According to local Palestinian sources, Abdo will reportedly be presented to a judge at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on “incitement” charges, after which the judge will decide whether to extend his detention or not.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that Abdo was arrested for “incitement” and “involvement in terrorist activity,” though he did not clarify the nature of the “incitement” that Abdo was reportedly engaged in.

In recent months, Israel has detained scores of Palestinians for social media activity, alleging that a wave of unrest that swept the occupied Palestinian territory last October was encouraged largely by Palestinian "incitement."

Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel's nearly 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon.

Israeli police in June detained three Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem for suspected involvement in “terror incitement,” which involved allegedly posting various pictures and text posts praising the activities of Hamas over the past 18 months, as well as expressing support for an “intifada to liberate Jerusalem.”

An Israeli military court on June 1 convicted 22-year-old Palestinian Qusay Issa of incitement against Israel, sentencing him to one year in prison and a fine of 2,000 shekels ($519) over Facebook posts.

Days earlier, Israeli military prosecution submitted an indictment to a military court for prominent Palestinian astrophysicist Imad Barghouthi, accusing him of incitement against Israel on Facebook, despite a previous decision to release him from custody due to lack of sufficient evidence.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, as of July, 7,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons.
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