Arab-Israeli Actor Maisa Abdel Hadi Arrested for Social Media Post on Gaza

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Maisa Abdel Hadi, a prominent Arab Israeli actor, has been arrested on allegations of ‘incitement to terrorism’ due to a social media post she made about Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7, according to police and her lawyer. Hadi, who resides in Nazareth, was taken into custody on Monday and is expected to remain detained until Thursday. This incident is part of a growing trend of Arab Israelis being apprehended for their social media comments regarding the ongoing war. Hadi is accused of sharing a photo of a bulldozer breaking through the Gaza Strip-Israel fence during the Hamas attack, which Israel claims resulted in the deaths of over 1,400 individuals. However, the Hamas government in Gaza alleges that more than 5,000 people have been killed in Israel’s retaliatory strikes on the coastal region. Hadi’s caption on the post, “Let’s go Berlin-style,” alluded to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Her lawyer, Jaafar Farah, who is also the director of the human rights association Mousawat, stated that she is being charged with supporting terrorism. Hadi, a 37-year-old actress with a portfolio of successful appearances in series, films, and plays, is not the only Arab Israeli to face legal consequences for posts made on social media during the conflict. Dalal Abu Amneh, an Arab Israeli singer, was also briefly detained this week for comments made on her social media platform. According to both rights activists and the Israeli police, Israel’s Arab minority and Palestinians in East Jerusalem have faced expulsion from colleges, termination from employment, and even arrest due to expressing solidarity with Gaza’s residents during the conflict. Israeli Arabs make up a fifth of the country’s population.

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