Journalists’ Syndicate Condemns Israel’s Arrest of Journalist

RAMALLAH, February 18, 2015 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Journalist Syndicate (PJS) Wednesday slammed Israel’s arrest of journalist Ala’a al-titi a continuation of Israel’s aggression committed against the Palestinian people.

A protest in solidarity with al-Titi was held in front of the Israeli Ofer prison. Secretary General of PJS, Abdul Nasser al-Najjar, condemned Israel’s arrest of al-Titi almost a month ago, expressing total rejection to the policy of arresting journalists on grounds of their work.

He stressed the Palestinian satellite channels work in line with regulations and laws and have a right to practice their job inside the Palestinian territories.

Al-Titi was arrested three times, including the current arrest, under grounds of working for what the Israeli authorities described as a ‘terrorist satellite channel’; al-Aqsa channel.

He was arrested on January 21, after Israeli forces brutally raided his home in Aroub refugee camp to the north of Hebron, said the Palestinian Information Center.

The center said, “Titi’s arrest came only a week after his release from PA jails where he was detained for several times by PA security forces, in addition to spending four years behind Israeli bars.”

Head of PJS called upon the international and Arab journalist unions to dispatch a letter to the Israeli government and request the release of 15 Palestinian journalists currently detained in Israeli jails.

To be noted, Around 17 journalists were killed and 30 others were wounded during the third Israeli offensive on Gaza in just seven years. Houses of other journalists were also demolished, displacing their families, while several media outlets were targeted and destroyed.