Jerusalem magistrate court released on Sunday Palestinian Authority’s Jerusalem Governor Adnan Gheith and nine activists of Fatah movement, but it banned them from entering the West Bank for two other weeks.
The prosecution confirmed that their arrest was due to their "involvement in military activities serving the interests of PA security services" and their role in pursuing Palestinians who sell real estate to Jews.
The prosecutor spoke about Gheith and his colleagues’ role in arresting one of the Palestinians, who was suspected of selling real estate to settlement associations, and torturing him in intelligence prisons in Ramallah.
He said that the Israeli government decided to fight this phenomenon and punish every Palestinian who contributes to it.
In addition to releasing Gheith, the court decided to release Hatem Mahlus, Alaa Abu al-Hawa, Amer Awwad, Khalil Bashir, Mohammad al-Qaq, Ahmad Mustafa, Iyad Hadra, Hadi Mahmoud and Hussam Abu Isnineh.
According to the lawyer from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs Mohammad Mahmoud, the court decided to release Geith and the rest of the detainees because their arrest turned into a major political scandal.
Notably, these arrests have raised a wave of public protests in Jerusalem and its environs.
Administrative and educational cadres and students of al-Umma Secondary School in Al-Ram, north of Jerusalem, organized Sunday morning a rally to express solidarity with Governor Gheith.
They raised banners calling releasing Gheith and all the other prisoners.
In addition, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education circulated an order in schools throughout the governorates to organize a silent sit-in for three minutes in support for Jerusalem’s governor and his fellow detainees.
It also asked these schools to use the school radio to talk about the detainees and the role of the students in defending Jerusalem and its Arabism.