The moment when Al Jazeera reporter Givara Budeiri was arrested | Palestine News
Israeli police attacked Al Jazeera’s Arabic-speaking reporter Givara Budeiri Arrest her On Saturday, equipment belonging to Al Jazeera photographer Nabil Mazzawi was destroyed.
Boudari is reporting on a sit-in commemorating the 54th anniversary of Naksa (Setback), a term used by the Palestinians to describe the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967.
Boudari was released a few hours after his arrest. Her arrest has aroused strong condemnation from press freedom advocates and media watchdogs.
“They come from all directions, I don’t know why, they kicked me to the wall,” Boudari told Al Jazeera shortly after his release late on Saturday.
“They kicked me into the car in a very bad way… They kicked me from all directions.”
She said that when she was taken to the police station, she was “treated as a criminal” and prevented from taking off her heavy body armor or closing her eyes. She said the police accused her of kicking a female soldier-she vehemently denied the accusation.
Budeiri stated that she was released on condition that she would not go to Sheikh Jarrah within 15 days.
For weeks, Sheikh Jarrah has also been a venue for demonstrations to support Palestinian families facing forced deportation and to make way for Jewish settlers.
Al Jazeera’s Horda Abdul Hamid reported in occupied East Jerusalem that the reason for Boudari’s arrest is unknown. She had tried to retrieve and show the Israeli-issued press card at the request of the police.
“She was pushed and the situation continued when she tried to get her press card. Then when the photographer tried to approach her, his camera was smashed,” Abdul Hamid Say.
“We talked to several witnesses, and they all said that there was no reason to cause such tension, and it was not clear why they decided to go there specifically. [after] Givara and other reporters are doing what she is doing,” she said.