Israel arrests Palestinian teenager over Facebook posts

By 10:50 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 Comments

Israeli police have arrested a Palestinian teenager for Facebook posts as unrest continues in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Anas Khateeb, a 19-year-old activist, is one of at least 205 Palestinian citizens of Israel – among them several activists and minors – who have been arrested since the beginning of October, according to Adalah Legal Centre, a Haifa-based rights group.

The wave of detentions is part of an ongoing crackdown on protests across Palestinian communities in Israel and throughout the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the besieged Gaza Strip.

“Israeli police targeted [Khateeb] in order to cause a ripple effect among activists,” Amjad Iraqi, Adalah’s media coordinator, told Al Jazeera.

Police initially arrested Khateeb for ten days, but an Israeli judge has since extended his detention until November 26.

The teenager has been charged with “incitement to violence and terrorism” for a series of Facebook posts.



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