Israel jails Palestinian beautician over Facebook post

Nidal Atwan holds a poster of her daughter, Majd, after her arrest last month [Allison Deger/Al Jazeera]  
Family "shocked and furious" after Facebook post leads to 45-day imprisonment for Majd Atwan.
Bethlehem, occupied West Bank - As uniformed men burst through her front gate last month, Nidal Atwan first thought they had come to her Bethlehem-area home to arrest her 16-year-old son, Mohammed.



"It was two o'clock in the morning. If you saw the number of military jeeps, you'd think Osama bin Laden was in the neighbourhood," recalled Nidal's husband, Yousef.
To their surprise, soldiers pulled Nidal aside and asked after the whereabouts of her 22-year-old daughter, Majd, a makeup artist with a passion for bold hair colours and crystal-enhanced manicures.

In disbelief, Nidal asked the commander to show her the warrant, which stated that Majd was wanted on incitement charges over posts made on social media. "I was shocked and furious," Nidal told Al Jazeera.

"It struck me immediately, once they said they wanted Majd, that it was probably over Facebook," Yousef added.

On Monday, an Israeli military court sentenced Majd to 45 days in prison and a fine of 3,000 shekels ($800) for praising a recent bus bombing in Jerusalem.

source:aljazerah