Lama Khater, a 32-year-old mother of five from Hebron, often praises Hamas for its resistance to Israel.
Her Twitter account has nearly 90,000 followers and her last tweet, on July 22, slammed Israel for its handling of the Temple Mount complex (known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary).
Other recent social media posts have seen her criticize the PA’s security forces and claim they had suppressed the recent border demonstrations in Gaza.
She has also praised Palestinian shahids (martyrs) and encouraged the struggle against Israel and the demonstrations along the Gaza border. Khater is married to Hazem al-Fakhouri, a former prisoner who was previously arrested by Palestinian security forces – allegedly with the aim of pressuring Khater to stop criticizing the PA.
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News of Khater’s arrest spread quickly on social media, particularly since there were pictures of her hugging her young son before being arrested.
There were calls on Palestinian and Arab media, and on social media, for her immediate release. Websites affiliated with Hamas accused the PA and its security apparatus of encouraging her arrest because of her ongoing criticism.