Israel arrests Palestinian journalist in West Bank

Abdel Rahman al Thaher screengrab
Abdelrahman al-Thaher, 38, is Palestinian journalist and filmmaker from Nablus (photo: Screengrab)
Filmmaker Abdelrahman al-Thaher is one of more than 20 Palestinian journalists reportedly currently detained by Israel.

By Middle East Eye staff | Middle East Eye |  Oct 27, 2020

‘We condemn the arrest of journalists, we affirm the freedom of journalists to do their work and we call on the (Israeli) occupying forces to immediately release Abdelrahman and all fellow journalists,’
— The Palestine International Forum for Information and Communication

Israeli forces on Tuesday arrested Palestinian journalist and filmmaker Abdelrahman al-Thaher at his home in the city of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.

Rasha al-Sayeh, Thaher’s wife, told Middle East Eye that the family woke up to the sounds of military jeeps and then heavy knocks on the doors of nearby houses at 2am, before soldiers arrived at their house and Thaher opened the door.

“The Israeli officer asked [Thaher] if he was ‘the famous journalist’,” Sayeh said. “He then requested to search the study and his personal belongings.”

Thaher’s arrest by Israeli forces came shortly after the 38-year-old filmmaker had been detained by the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) preventive security apparatus on 19 August, as he was leaving his workplace at the An-Najah media centre in Nablus, where he produces and presents a number of TV programmes.

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