Palestinian journalist and writer Lama Khater bids her child goodbye as Israeli forces raided her home last night in Hebron to arrest her pic.twitter.com/G3TwuE9l6C— ???? (@LinahAlsaafin) July 24, 2018
A flood of outrage poured out across the internet this past week after photos of a Palestinian journalist being separated from her child went viral.
Lama Khater, a 42-year-old Palestinian activist and journalist, was one of 14 individuals arrested on Tuesday morning. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) detained Khater at 2 a.m. as her daughter took pictures of her embracing her 3-year-old son, Yehya, not knowing when (or if) she’d see him again.
A frequent critic of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Khater was arrested under dubious charges.
“Last night, a Palestinian suspected of being involved in Hamas terror activity was apprehended in Hebron,” an IDF spokesperson said, referring to Khater. “The suspect was transferred to security forces for further questioning.”
It’s not yet known what has happened to Khater, or what will happen in the days ahead. But the photos of her last embrace with her son have since gone viral, sparking outrage from those who have seen what has happened.
The Israeli Occupying Forces "IOF" arrested at nearly 2:00 am this morning the writer and political analyst Lama Khater 42 years old, after raiding her house in Hebron. pic.twitter.com/TgA4vRHbRa— ????? ???? (@ShehabAgency) July 24, 2018
What a brutality of this Israeli occupation! #IOF kidnapped the journalist @lama_khater from her house at the middle of night. It's really thing make you cry when you watch this mother give her son a hug with a hope to not be the last one.#IsraeliCrimes #IsraeliTerrorism pic.twitter.com/8rGVBerBsC— Bahaa.Shammala ???? Gaza ? (@palbahaa) July 24, 2018
Late last night in Hebron, renowned Palestinian journalist @lama_khater was arrested by Israeli soldiers for her WRITING.— SJP Houston ???? (@SJPHouston) July 24, 2018
As said by @Raja48, the images epitomize the intelligence, compassion, love, pride, sacrifice, strength, and resilience that define Palestinian motherhood. pic.twitter.com/cvyXzjzdgQ
I have no word with this feeling only alot of pain, when a mother is arrested before her son and then being forced leave him with no any care, with no motherliness.— Mohammed A. Nasser #Gaza (@MohmdR97) July 24, 2018
A moment before palesrinian journalist Lama Khater was kednapped by israel forces. pic.twitter.com/OmKf9xPNDB
Media reports of governments separating families have largely focused on the administration of President Donald Trump’s wrongdoings, but Israel has, for quite some time, engaged in the similar practice of caging Palestinian children and separating them from their parents. This latest episode demonstrates the lengths that Israeli government leaders will go to in order to silence opposition.
These abuses cannot be allowed to persist, and if Israel doesn’t step back, the international community must do all that it can to condemn and curb these types of actions.
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