Detained Palestinian student and dancer expected before Israeli military court today

Lina Khattab, 18, Palestinian first-year student in media studies at Bir Zeit University and folkloric dancer with the world-renowned El Funoun Popular Palestinian Dance Troupe, is expected to be brought back before an Israeli military court today, 29 December.

On 13 December, she was arrested by Israeli occupation military forces in Beitunia during a march of Bir Zeit students to Ofer military prison. She is active in Palestinian national and political activities at the university.

Lina Khattab was charged with “throwing stones” and “participating in an unauthorized demonstration” on 18 December by military prosecutors at Ofer Military Court, reported Mahmoud Hassan, director of Addameer’s Legal Unit. Such charges are frequently used to criminalize Palestinians participating in popular demonstrations advocating for their rights.

On 22 December, she was scheduled for a hearing at the military court, which was postponed for one week until 29 December.

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