Arrested Al-Jazeera Journalist Released from Hospital

Arrested journalist Givara Budeiri has left the hospital Sunday after she sustained injuries when Israeli forces arrested her a day earlier, Al Jazeera reported.

The Al Jazeera journalist was arrested while she was covering a demonstration Saturday at the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, accusing her of assaulting a police officer and failing to present her credentials, which Budeiri and her employer deny. 

“I’m trying to be OK, but they broke my hand and I spent all the night in the hospital,” Budeiri said.

The Qatari-based network also reported that Israeli police destroyed equipment of Al Jazeera cameraman Nabil Mazzawi.

Budeiri also quoted an Israeli police officer as saying “We will make you shut up … if we make Al Jazeera be silent, everyone will shut up,” while she was under custody. 

“The microphone and camera will stay … nothing will stop us,” Budeiri said. 

Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the arrest and later the banning of Budeiri from entering Sheikh Jarrah after her release.

“Although she has been released, Givara Budeiri is banned from entering Sheikh Jarrah for 15 days. RSF denounces a totally illegitimate measure whose only purpose is to prevent the journalist from freely exercising her mission to inform!” in a tweet Monday. 

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