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Israel-Palestine war: Israeli police arrest Palestinian actor Maisa Abd Elhadi for 'incitement'

Officials accuse the star of praising 'terror' and 'hate speech' amidst a crackdown on dissent in Israel
Abd Elhadi was in the 2013 action movie 'World War Z' (AFP/Patrick Baz)

Israeli police have arrested Palestinian actor Maisa Abd Elhadi on accusations of incitement relating to posts she made on social media in the aftermath of the assault by Palestinian fighters in southern Israel on 7 October.

Israeli officials accuse Abd Elhadi of "spreading incitement and support for terrorism" for a series of comments she made.

Purported screenshots of one post show laughing emojis over an image of an elderly Israeli captive being taken to Gaza, with the caption "She is going on the adventure of her life".

In another post, she commented on the breach of Israel's barrier surrounding Gaza with the caption: "Let's go Berlin style" - a reference to Germans tearing down the Berlin Wall during the collapse of communist East Germany and the reunification of the country in 1989.

Abd Elhadi was initially arrested last week but was released under a home detention order until her second arrest on Tuesday.

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On Tuesday morning, the Magistrate Court in the northern city of Nazareth, where Abd Elhadi lives, ordered that the actor be detained for two more days.

Abd Elhadi, a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, is the latest to be caught up in Israel's crackdown on dissent in the aftermath of the attack in early October.

Dozens of Palestinians have been detained on accusations of "incitement" over posts made in relation to the attack on Israel, which killed around 1,400 Israelis, and Israel's subsequent assault on Gaza, which has killed more than 5,000 people.

The majority of those killed on both sides are civilians, many of them children.

In addition to police scrutiny of social media activity and other forms of activism, far-right vigilantes are reporting students and employees considered "disloyal" to Israel to their faculties and companies, resulting in the expulsion of students and firing of workers.

Jewish Israelis who have expressed solidarity with Gaza or concern over Israel's actions have also been targeted.

The journalist Israel Frey went into hiding after being set upon by a mob at his home in Tel Aviv.

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