Arab Israeli woman objects to being on prisoner release list, says indictment without merit

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

At least one of the Arab Israeli women who were added to the list of prisoners who may be released under the terms of the hostage release agreement with Hamas strongly objects and says that neither she nor her family nor her attorney were informed that she was being put on the list.

The woman, who does not wish to be identified, has been indicted for expressing support and identifying with a terror organization, following comments she made on social media following October 7, but has yet to be tried and denies her comments violated the anti-terrorism laws leveled against her.

“Due to the opposition of my client to being included on the list, and due to the heavy concern of severe harm to her as a result of being released under such circumstances when she is still entitled to the presumption of innocence, I request that you clarify what the legal significance is of my client being included in this decision and what the implications are on the legal process which is pending against her,” an attorney from the Adalah legal aid organization writes in a letter to State Attorney Amit Aisman and Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara.

Twenty-five Arab-Israeli citizens were added to the list of prisoners who may be released under the terms of the deal with Hamas earlier this week, 16 of whom were women who have been charged but not tried on counts of expressing support for terrorism in social media posts.

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