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By ELIYAHU KAMISHER \11/27/2016
A Rahat man, detained Thursday for his Facebook post which satirizes Arabs who celebrated Israel’s ongoing fire disaster, was released by the police on Sunday.
Anas Abudaabes, 29, a social activist from the Negev Beduin town of Rahat posted on his Facebook on November 24 calling for a boycott of Turkey because the country sent planes to help battle the fires in Israel. “Such betrayal!” Abudaabes’s post exclaims.
The post then calls for arson: “There are still wooded areas where the fire has yet to reach, so let’s invite our young hooligans to do the job… dry weed burns quickly and is more joyful than you can imagine.”
However, the post ends with hashtags stating, “satire, not serious” and “Arab nonsense.”
Eyal Avital, who represented Abudaabes in court told The Jerusalem Post that police misunderstood his client’s post. Avital said that Abudaabes received criticism for an earlier post, which clearly condemned the celebration of Israel’s fire disaster. According to Avital, Abudaabes wrote the satire as a lampoon of his critics.
Police contended in Beersheba Magistrates Court on Friday that the post had “inciting content,” and Abudaabes’s use of “high language” could be misinterpreted by Arab youth, according to Haaretz.
Despite acknowledging the satirical nature of the post, Judge Alon Gabizon extended Abudaabes’s remand until Saturday night saying that he should have taken into account how his words could be misinterpreted.
Joint List MKs Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi called for the release of Abudaabes on Friday, stating that police misunderstood the post.
A police spokeswoman declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.
Meanwhile Jewish resident of Ono valley was detained on Sunday and released Monday on restrictive conditions for inciting revenge attacks against Israeli-Arabs.