Palestinian woman jailed over controversial Facebook post

The 22-year old woman has been sentenced to 45 days in prison over a Facebook post.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - An Israeli military court has sentenced a 22-year-old makeup artist to 45 days in prison for incitement after being accused of 'praising' a bus bombing in Jerusalem last month.

Majd Atwan was arrested in a raid on her home in al-Khader near Bethlehem, over a Facebook post that allegedly read: "The news of 20 settlers injured is nice," and was interrogated at a local police facility.

According to Al Jazeera, she criticised Israeli state's accusations of incitement during a trial court appearance and said, "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."

Her parents said that while they were aware of their daughter's online presence, they were surprised by the fact that her post led to an interrogation.

"My daughter is not politically active; rather, her involvements are in beauty.Did she write stuff online? Yes, like all other Palestinians. I really don't understand why they chose to arrest her," said her father.

She is reportedly one of 150 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces over social media related "incitement" since a series of violent attacks erupted in the region last October.