Israel releases Sheikh Jarrah activists after hours-long arrests

Israel releases Sheikh Jarrah activists after hours-long arrests
Muna al-Kurd and Mohammed al-Kurdare are behind a three-month-old #SaveSheikhJarrah social media campaign. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: Activists Mohammed al-Kurd and Muna al-Kurd have been released from custody several hours after they were arrested by Israeli police. Both of the activists have been at the forefront of a campaign to stop the expulsions of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

After her relase on Sunday, Muna told reporters: “No matter what they do to terrorise and frighten us, no number of arrests will scare us off. We will remain in our homes and we will continue to defend our land that we were born and raised on.”

Mohammed told reporters that he are not afraid and intimidated, “we are going to continue to speak out against all of these injustices, and we’re going to continue to protect our homes.”

Earlier, Nabil al-Kurd, father of the 23-year-old twins, said Muna was arrested after police raided their home in Sheikh Jarrah, while Mohammed had turned himself in at a police station after getting a summons.

Nabil al-Kurd told reporters: “They want to remove us [from Jerusalem] … but we are here. The weapons of the Palestinians are the camera, and the words – whereas the Israeli army is heavily armed.”

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, 10 people were injured when Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at protesters outside a police station who were calling for the release of the activists.

The arrests of the activists Mohammed al-Kurd and Muna al-Kurd come a day after Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Givara Budeiri was arrested while covering a demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah.

The Al Jazeera journalist was released hours later after her arrest drew global condemnation.

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