Lama Ghosheh, a Palestinian journalist who was accused of inciting against the Israeli occupation through her writings, has been released from house arrest after 10 months.
An Israeli court in Jerusalem today ordered her to do nine months of community service, pay a fine of 4,500 shekels (app. $1200), and gave her a six-month suspended sentence for three years.
Ghosheh’s lawyer, Nasser Odeh, said he will appeal the verdict, which he described as unjust and politically motivated.
Ghosheh, a resident of occupied East Jerusalem, was arrested in November 2022 and had her phone and personal computer confiscated. She was later placed under house arrest and banned from using social media.
Ghosheh is a freelance journalist who has written for several Palestinian and Arab media outlets. She has also participated in several local and international conferences on media and human rights.
She said she was targeted by the Israeli authorities for expressing her opinions and exposing the violations of the occupation.
“I am happy to be free from house arrest, but I am not free from the occupation. I will continue to write and speak the truth, no matter what they do to me,” she told reporters after the court session.