East Jerusalem woman charged with incitement for praising Hamas, terrorists
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East Jerusalem woman charged with incitement for praising Hamas, terrorists

Prosecutors say Suzan Abu Ghannam repeatedly posted content lauding perpetrators of deadly attacks, and urged others to follow their example

Illustrative: Logos of US online social media and social networking service Facebook. (AFP Photo/Loic Venance)
Illustrative: Logos of US online social media and social networking service Facebook. (AFP Photo/Loic Venance)

An East Jerusalem resident was indicted Monday for incitement over social media posts allegedly praising Hamas and terror attacks against Israelis.

Suzan Abu Ghannam, 39, from the mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood of Abu Tor, was also charged at the Jerusalem District Court with identifying with a terror group.

According to the indictment, since January 2017 Abu Ghannam frequently published on Facebook and Instagram praise for Hamas, its military wing and some of its late members, among them top bomb-maker Yahya Ayyash, who was responsible for dozens of Israeli deaths before he was assassinated in 1996.

She is also accused of calling for violence and terror acts against Israel. In May 2018 her Facebook account was blocked, but she opened another account and continued to post.

She also praised the assailants behind a number of terror attacks over the past year, most recently the Palestinian teenager who stabbed to death father of two Yotam Ovadia, 31, and seriously injured another person in the West Bank settlement of Adam last month.

Yotam Ovadia, who was killed in a terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Adam on July 26, 2018 (Courtesy)

Along with a photo of the terrorist, 17-year-old Muhammad Yousef from the Palestinian village of Kobar in the central West Bank, she posted a message reading “The time for this revolution has come, God forgive us for not doing anything about al-Aqsa [Jerusalem]. This is the will of the martyr, learn it well.”

Prosecutors requested that Abu Ghannam be kept in custody until the end of legal proceedings against her, arguing she can “continue to carry out the said offenses in any alternative detention offered.”

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