Israeli forces arrests Palestinian cartoonist

[ PIC 17/02/2013 - 10:38 AM ]

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JENIN, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested Palestinian cartoonist Mohammed Saba’na at the Karame border crossing between Jordan and the occupied West Bank on Saturday.

Thaer Saba’na, a specialist in prisoners’ affairs and brother of the detainee, told Quds Press that Mohammed was on his way back home after attending a conference for the Arab American University (AAU), where he works in the public relations department, in Amman.

He added that the Palestinian liaison office told the family that Mohammed was detained at the crossing and taken to an unknown detention center, describing his arrest as a surprise as he was never before detained by the IOF.

Mohammed, 32, works as a cartoonist for al-Hayat al-Jadida newspaper in addition to his work at the AAU. He participated in numerous conferences and international exhibitions and won a number of local and international awards.

The Palestinian journalists syndicate denounced the arrest of Mohammed, who hails from Qabatiya village in Jenin, and asked for his immediate release.

The syndicate charged in a press release that Mohammed’s arrest fell in line with the systematic IOF targeting of journalists and infringement on their freedom of movement.

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