Druse jour­nal­ist re­leased to house ar­rest fol­low­ing charges of in­cite­ment

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By BEN HARTMAN

Bassem Safadi, a Druse res­i­dent and Ira­nian TV re­porter was re­leased to house ar­rest on Sun­day, less than a week af­ter he was ar­rested on charges of in­cite­ment to ter­ror­ism and ex­press­ing sup­port for a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, based on state­ments he al­legedly wrote on his Face­book page.

In his hear­ing on Wed­nes­day, hours af­ter he was ar­rested at his house in Mas’ada in the Golan Heights, a po­lice rep­re­sen­ta­tive said Safadi’s crimes were “se­vere” and that “he is not a naive man.” The rep­re­sen­ta­tive con­firmed that the ac­cused in­cite­ment in­volved ma­te­rial Safadi up­loaded to his per­sonal Face­book page, but would not dis­close in court what the state­ments were or if they in­volved writ­ten mes­sages or photos that he up­loaded.

Af­ter leav­ing the Nazareth Mag­is­trate’s Court on Sun­day, Safadi said he is op­posed to any form of ter­ror­ism and ac­cused Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties of try­ing to si­lence him.

Safadi’s ar­rest was re­ported last week on the web­site of Al-Alam, where his wife was quoted as say­ing that “Zion­ist sol­diers con­fis­cated his equip­ment with­out giv­ing any ex­pla­na­tion.”

The 43-year-old Safadi is a Golan Heights­based cor­re­spon­dent for Al-Alam TV, an Ara­bic news sta­tion based in Iran. One of his re­cent re­ports ac­cused Is­rael of try­ing to steal oil lo­cated in the Golan Heights. Two other re­porters for Al-Alam TV were ar­rested in Is­rael in 2009 fol­low­ing a re­port about Op­er­a­tion Cast Lead that vi­o­lated military cen­sor­ship.

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