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Israel jails Palestinian beautician over Facebook post

Family “shocked and furious” after Facebook post leads to 45-day imprisonment for Majd Atwan.


NOTE: This is an Al Jazeera article, obviously not our viewpoints.

Bethlehem, – As uniformed men burst through her front gate last month, Nidal Atwan first thought they had come to her Bethlehem-area home to arrest her 16-year-old son, Mohammed.

“It was two o’clock in the morning. If you saw the number of military jeeps, you’d think Osama bin Laden was in the neighbourhood,” recalled Nidal’s husband, Yousef.

Majd, a makeup artist, has a passion for bold hair colours and crystal-enhanced manicures [Photo courtesy of Nidal Atwan]

To their surprise, soldiers pulled Nidal aside and asked after the whereabouts of her 22-year-old daughter, Majd, a makeup artist with a passion for bold hair colours and crystal-enhanced manicures.

In disbelief, Nidal asked the commander to show her the warrant, which stated that Majd was wanted on incitement charges over posts made on social media. “I was shocked and furious,” Nidal told Al Jazeera.

“It struck me immediately, once they said they wanted Majd, that it was probably over Facebook,” Yousef added.

On Monday, an Israeli military court sentenced Majd to 45 days in prison and a fine of 3,000 shekels ($800) for praising a recent bus bombing in Jerusalem. “The news of 20 settlers injured is nice,” wrote Majd in her Facebook comment for which she was charged with incitement.

“Your occupation to our land does not need “incitement” for our People to revolt.. I am part of an occupied People…so don’t expect me to greet you with flowers instead of anger,” said Majd in response to the charges during her trial in Ofer military court.


Before Majd’s arrest, Yousef and Nidal said they were aware of – but not alarmed by – their daughter’s online presence. They expressed surprise that her post led to a series of interrogations at Jerusalem’s Russian Compound, a police facility whose name


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