The Israeli police released the Palestinian activist, Mona Al-Kurd, hours after arresting her from her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem to investigate accusations of “violence and rioting”, according to a police statement.
However, the investigation is still ongoing with Muhammed Al-Kurd, Mona’s brother, who shared her campaigns in support of the neighborhood’s residents via social media, hours ago.
The Israeli authorities arrested the Palestinian activist, who and her brother played a prominent role in the protests against the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, saying that she had arrested a 23-year-old girl on suspicion of participating in riots and demonstrations that included violent acts, but she did not name Mona Al-Kurd in her statement.
Nabil al-Kurd, the father of activist Mona al-Kurd, said that the Israeli police arrested his daughter from her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and searched the house in search of her brother Muhammad, and informed them that he was wanted for investigation.
Activists circulated videos online showing the moment of the Israeli police arrest of Mona.
The arrest of Mona Al-Kurd came hours after the detention of Guevara Al-Budairi, Al-Jazeera correspondent, during a live broadcast from the Sheikh Jarrah area, which reflects the fragility of the situation there.
Many Palestinians view Mona El-Kurd and her brother Muhammad as powerful voices in Jerusalem who have succeeded in drawing worldwide attention to what Palestinians are suffering in this city.
The two brothers live in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem in which Israel’s intention to seize homes that have been inhabited by Palestinian families for decades has sparked protests in the city.
The tension in Sheikh Jarrah and the surroundings of the Al-Aqsa Mosque inflamed feelings, which ended in a war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Mona and her brother Muhammad used social media to draw the world’s attention to the suffering Palestinian families are experiencing due to the Israeli army’s attempts to evacuate the neighborhood.
The protests against orders to evacuate Palestinian residents’ homes in favor of Israeli settlement associations in Sheikh Jarrah were the direct cause of the tension that led to the outbreak of violent confrontations between Israel and the factions in Gaza.
This comes about two weeks after the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas entered into force, after mutual military attacks between the two sides lasted for about 11 days due to the escalation of tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in East Jerusalem.
The fighting in Gaza began on May 10 after Hamas fired rockets and warned Israel to withdraw from the site, prompting retaliatory air strikes.
At least 232 people were killed in Gaza, including more than 100 women and children, according to the Hamas government’s Health Ministry.
Israel said that the dead in Gaza included at least 150 militants, and Hamas did not give figures indicating the extent of the losses among its militants.
Israeli medical services say 12 people, including two children, were killed in Israel.
The Israeli army says that more than 4,300 rockets were fired at Israeli territory by Palestinian militants, and that it hit more than 1,000 military targets in the Gaza Strip.