The famous ‘Palestinian El-Kurd Twins’ – who are they and why were they arrested?

According to reports, Israeli security forces questioned the siblings. After the questioning, the El Kurd twins were released by the Israeli police.

Muna and Mohammed El-Kurd are the famous twins behind the campaign raising international awareness about imminent forced evictions of their area’s Palestinian residents. The two have become the voice of the online movement working to halt the evictions of Palestinians from the flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. 

Arrest of the El-Kurd Twins

The two activists were arrested by Israeli authorities on Sunday. The arrest of the El-Kurd siblings in Jerusalem sparked international outrage. Following the outrage, the twins were threatened with displacement from their family home.

Social media flooded with videos of the El-Kurd twins’ arrest. The small clips showcased armed Israeli police forces detaining Muna from her home in the presence of her father. Mohammed showed up hours later at the local police station after receiving a summons warrant. 

Muna’s arrest came just hours after a journalist for a news network, Givara Budeiri, was briefly detained while reporting from Sheikh Jarrah. It is pertinent to mention that she was only covering a sitting protest against the threat to evict Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah and was also wearing a press vest at the time.

Watch the viral videos below:

Talking about Muna, an Israeli police spokeswoman said:

Police have arrested a 23-year-old resident of East Jerusalem under court order, on suspicion of participating in the Sheikh Jarrah riots.

It should be noted that the police did not immediately comment on Mohammed’s eviction. He was later shown in a live Instagram video leaving the station, accompanied by father Nabil El-Kurd.

Release of the El-Kurd Twins

According to reports, Israeli security forces questioned the siblings. After the questioning, the El Kurd twins were released by the Israeli police. As soon as the news of release reached the Palestinians, scores of supporters showed up outside the East Jerusalem police station where Muna and her twin brother Mohammed were being held.

In a statement following the release, Muna said:

It’s clear that these are policies to silence people, policies to pressure and scare people. They say Israel only aims to defend its citizens. When in fact it is defending the occupation and the subjugation of the Palestinians. Israel also insists it does not start wars. This is evidently false, considering it started most of its past wars. It provoked war through killings, bombings, evictions, land grabs, attacks on holy sites, and illegal settlements, etc.

Current Situation in Palestine

Israel continues its genocide against Palestinians, claiming hundreds of innocent lives. Groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to watch as bombs rain down on people in a hellish warzone a few miles away. It’s heartbreaking to see how humans can enjoy the suffering of other humans so mercilessly.

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