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Israeli occupation is keeping 13 Palestinian journalists in jail - sources
Rallies in Sunday in Washington DC and on friday in Northern California condemned the occupation of Palestine and the latest crimes committed by Israeli security forces in Gaza, where air raids and missiles murdered scores of people, among them 66 children, 39 women, and 17 elderly, according to the latest news published by the Ministry of Health in Gaza.
Demonstrators also demanded an end to the occupation of Palestine and the Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied territories.
Palestinian journalists kidnapped
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said on Sunday that the Israeli regime is currently holding 13 Palestinian journalists in its jails The PPS said that two of the journalists, Zaina Halawani and Wahbi Makkia, were arrested on Friday and an Israeli occupation court rejected an appeal to release them. Alaa Al-Rimawi, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah and head of the online news agency J-Media, has been imprisoned since 22 April without any official charge being brought against him.
on 21 May, an Israeli judge ordered an 11-day extension to the administrative detention of another Palestinian journalist, Alghad TV cameraman Hazem Nasser, who was arrested at an Israeli checkpoint at the entrance to the West Bank town of Tlkarm on 12 May as he was returning from Nablus, where he had been filming Israeli forces attacking Palestinians.
Ahmad Azaizeh, a blogger who freelances for various outlets including Bokra.net, a local news site, was also arrested at his home on 12 May after covering Israeli forces attacking Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, and was placed in administrative detention for “inciting hatred.”
Another Palestinian woman journalist is also currently detained, Bushra Al-Taweel, who has been held since 8 November 2020, when she was arrested on the road from Ramallah to Nablus.
All this while Western governments and international mainstream media have concentrated in an obscure incident in Belarus, when a bomb threat against a commercial aircraft was reported, forcing the pilot to land in Minsk.
On arrival, a Belorussian neonazi blogger was arrested. As a result, Belarus is now the subject of an array of sanctions and punitive measures.
Such loable concern for freedom of expression does not apply to Israel.
Human toll in Gaza
The Gaza government media office reported that the occupation bombed 303 residential buildings and did not spare the industrial, commercial, agricultural, service, and government headquarters.
Some 2,075 housing units were totally and massively demolished, and more than 15,000 units with partial and minor damages, the report says.
A ceasefire was agreed upon between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli occupation at dawn on Friday, May 21, about 11 days after the aggression began on the Strip.