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Israeli police detains 2 Jerusalem teens, charges 1 for 'social media incitement'

Nov. 20, 2016 10:04 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 21, 2016 12:28 P.M.)
Picture of the homepage of Facebook website. (AFP/Juan Mabromata, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israel charged one Palestinian minor with “incitement” for posts on social media, Israeli police said on Sunday.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that two young residents of occupied East Jerusalem had been detained for maintaining a Facebook page called “Bahaa Elayyan news,” named after a Palestinian who was killed by Israeli forces last year after carrying out a shooting and stabbing attack, for the past two weeks.

One of the two youths, who al-Samri said was 15 years old, was charged with incitement to violence and terrorism.

The other minor was still being interrogated, al-Samri added, stating that a 32-year-old Palestinian resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir had also been detained in the case.

In the past year, Israel has detained scores of Palestinians, including journalists, for social media activity, alleging that a wave of unrest that swept the occupied Palestinian territory since October 2015 was encouraged largely by "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.
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