Israeli police have harassed Al Jazeera Arab journalist Givara Budeiri to arrest him Saturday is the destruction of Al Jazeera cameraman’s weapons Nabil Mazzawi.
Budeiri was referring to a sit-in at the 54th Naksa festival (backwards), a term Palestinian used to describe the Israeli occupation of the East Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967.
Budeiri was released a few hours after his arrest. Their arrests were strongly criticized by activists and journalists.
“They come from everywhere, I don’t know why, they threw me against a wall,” Budeiri told Al Jazeera, shortly after his late release on Saturday.
“He hit me inside the car so badly … he hit me everywhere.”
He also said he “saw her as a criminal” after taking her to the police station and refusing to take off her heavy jacket or closing her eyes. He also said police accused him of beating a female soldier – which he vehemently denied.
Budeiri said he was released on the condition that he not go to Sheikh Jarrah for 15 days.
Sheikh Jarrah has also been the scene of a series of weeks of support for Palestinian families facing forced evictions to create Jewish settlements.
Hoda Abdel-Hamid of Al Jazeera, a spokesman for East Jerusalem, said Budeiri was arrested for no apparent reason and tried to retrieve his Israeli card at police request.
“He pushes her, it goes on and on trying to get her print card. And when the cameraman tries to reach her her camera breaks down,” Abdel-Hamid said.
“We spoke to several witnesses and they all said there was no reason for such a crisis and it is not known why they decided to go. [after] Givara where there were other journalists doing exactly what they do, ”he said.