Palestinian journalist Lama Ghosheh released on house arrest based on condition of not using social media
Israeli police released Palestinian journalist Lama Ghosheh late Tuesday evening, after ten days of detention, on the condition of not using social media or leaving her house.
Ghosheh, 30 years old, is a mother of two and a freelance journalist, mostly known for hosting an online program featuring families of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
She was arrested from her home in Jerusalem on 4 September before the Israeli court in the occupied city extended her detention four times. Earlier this week, her lawyer announced that the Israeli prosecution was planning to press charges of "incitement" against Ghosheh.
HEART-TOUCHING:— PALESTINE ONLINE 🇵🇸 (@OnlinePalEng) September 14, 2022
Palestinian journalist Lama Ghosheh embraced her children yesterday after 10 days of detention behind Israeli bars for being a journalist and posting her work online. pic.twitter.com/3FBBnaObEY
On Monday, Ghosheh was transferred from the Israeli detention centre of Hasharon to the Israeli prison of Damon, near Haifa, where Palestinian female prisoners are held.
Ghosheh's next hearing was scheduled for Sunday when she is expected to face the list of charges by the Israeli prosecution.
"Today, Lama will be back today with her children despite the hard conditions imposed on her, thanks to all who supported us", her husband, Yassin Sbeih, wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
Earlier, Sbeih told The New Arab that "Lama had been detained and interrogated for several hours once before."
"There have always been tensions at home about the risks she takes by doing her job as a journalist", he added.
Ghosheh's lawyer, Nasser Odeh, told Palestinian media on Wednesday that the current decision to release her on condition is "temporary until a new ruling by the Israeli court replaces it."
"There is still a long way before she is sentenced," the lawyer stressed.
The moment when Palestinian journalist Lama Ghosheh met her husband after 10 days of detention behind Israeli occupation bars. pic.twitter.com/gbnFRVF3Tr— PALESTINE ONLINE 🇵🇸 (@OnlinePalEng) September 13, 2022
Odeh had appealed the court's fourth extension of Ghosheh's detention, based on her condition as a mother. He described the release as "a legal achievement".
"We should not forget the Israeli persecution of Palestinian journalists, especially in the past two years, through threats, interrogation and arrest by the occupation's intelligence", pointed out Odeh.
According to the Palestinian Journalists Union, Israeli forces and settlers committed 479 violations against Palestinian journalists and members of the press in the first half of 2022.
These include the killing of Aljazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in May, and the killing of Ghufran Warsneh in June, on her first day of work at a local radio station in Hebron.
Currently, 15 Palestinian journalists are held in Israeli detention.